14 Feb '12, 12pm

Bulgaria freezes ratification of controversial anti-online piracy pact ACTA - AFP

Bulgaria on Tuesday became the latest European country to back off from the controversial anti-online piracy pact ACTA , amid public pressure and fears it could curtail Internet freedom . "I will propose to the government Wednesday to suspend all approval procedures for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ," Economy and Energy Minister Traicho Traikov told journalists. "Bulgaria will not submit the agreement to parliament for ratification until EU member states come up with a common position on it," he added. ACTA was signed in Japan last year between the 27-member European Union and 10 other countries, including the United States, Japan and Singapore in a bid to bolster international standards for intellectual property protection. But fears that ACTA may curtail online freedoms by attacking illegal downloading and Internet file-sharing have sparked angry protests from...

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