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Parliamentary questions
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19 March 2019
E-001410-19
Question for written answer E-001410-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Francesc Gambús (PPE)

 Subject:  Increase in the European counterfeit goods trade
 Answer in writing 

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)(1) recently published a report which revealed that in 2016, the international counterfeit goods trade accounted for 3.3% of world trade, compared to 2.5% in 2013.

Despite an increasing number of counterfeit goods being intercepted, perpetrators are using more specialised methods to dodge customs controls by, for example, making greater use of e‐commerce channels.

An estimated 7% of EU imports are counterfeit goods. Given that the counterfeit goods trade affects not only the revenues of companies whose products are subject to forgery, but also the tax revenues of Member States and job numbers in the Union:
1. What is the Commission doing to protect the internal market from counterfeit goods?
2. How will it lessen the impact of this illegal trade on the economies of Member States?
3. What can it propose, within its remit, to boost social and labour market inclusion for people involved in the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods?

(1)https://euipo.europa.eu/tunnel-web/secure/webdav/guest/document_library/observatory/documents/Mapping_the_Economic_Impact_study/Mapping_the_Economic_Impact_en.pdf

Original language of question: ES 
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