Ever wonder if signing an online petition really does anything?

ON TUESDAY, the petition signed by nearly 2.5 million people from around the world calling for the rejection of the ratification of ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) was received by the European Parliament.

While ACTA is a relevantly new news topic, the agreement has been secretly in the works since 2006. In addition to threatening free and open Internet, it will also have a negative impact on healthcare and farming.

Upon receiving the petition, which was presented on behalf of Avaaz by Alex Wilks, Pascal Vollenweider, and Anne Agius, Petitions Committee chair Erminia Mazzoni stated:

“Receiving a petition supported by more than 2 million people places an even bigger responsibility on us to listen to the European people and offer them a place to express their views to the European institutions.”

On March 19th and 20th, the Petitions Committee will debate over the admissibility of the petition. A full photo set of the petition’s reception is on the European Parliament’s Flickr page.