The European Parliament's lead investigator into the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) looks set to recommend that MEPs vote against adopting the treaty when it is put before the European Parliament (EP) in June.
Writing in a blog post UK MEP David Martin said that the furtive creation of the document had caused untold damage to whatever noble aims it had, causing many to view the proposals with suspicion.
"This initial lack of transparency clearly backfired; rumour, wild speculation and paranoia abounded leading to the EP adopting a resolution condemning the secretive approach of the Commission and EU Council of Ministers and resulting in the release of the negotiating documents in April 2010," he said.
"There is a belief that ACTA will alter the nature of the internet by putting legal pressure on internet service providers to police their service."
He also noted the huge outcry the document had caused in several nations, including Poland, as citizens showed their displeasure with the document.
"While the UK saw barely a ripple of disapproval, in Poland the news that the country's government were going to sign ACTA triggered a massive public outcry," he said.
"Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets and several Polish government websites, including that of the prime minister Donald Tusk were hacked."
His comments suggest that he will call for MEPs to vote against the treaty.
Kader Arif, the previous European investigator, officially termed the rapporteur, previously quit from the same role as now held by Martin due to his anger at the way the document had been put together.
"I want to denounce in the strongest possible manner the entire process that led to the signature of this agreement," he said in January.
The EP recently voted not to refer the document to the European Court of Justice for legal scrutiny, a move that would have delayed further action on the document for almost 18 months, setting it up for a summer decision.
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