A controversial agreement on changes to EU digital copyright rules has been approved by the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs, meaning that only a full Parliament vote is now needed for it to eventually become law.
The Committee on Legal Affairs approved the agreement by 16 votes to 9 on 26 February. A vote of the full Parliament is now expected to take place in a plenary session from 25 to 28 March.
However, German MEP Julia Reda, a shadow rapporteur on the proposed legislation and one of its most vocal critics, described the movement between the committee and plenary votes as going “insanely fast”. She claimed that some in the Parliament wanted to “push it [the agreement] through ASAP to avoid a public outcry”.