At a time when the European Parliament is endeavouring to broaden the scope and increase the effectiveness of the CE mark (which was not originally aimed at consumers, although it now provides assurance concerning product safety and enables goods from non-EU countries to be identified), a visually identical mark has come to light.
1. Is the Commission aware of the existence of the China Export (CE) mark, which just happens to take the form of a symbol consisting of the stylised letters CE and is thus identical to the European Conformité européenne (CE) mark (except for the fact that in the case of the Chinese mark the letters are closer together)?
2. Is the Commission also aware that products bearing the Chinese mark are to be found within the EU, which means that the Chinese mark is feeding off the European CE mark's reputation?
3. What action can the Commission take in order to prevent the European CE mark from being misused in such a way?
4. What sanctions will the Commission bring to bear in this matter?
5. Will the Commission embark forthwith on negotiations with China over the cessation of such practices, i.e. an immediate halt to the use of the China Export mark, which is identical to the Conformité européenne mark?
The European CE mark is not registered for the protection of intellectual property.
6. Will the Commission consider carefully whether registration of the European CE mark as the Community's trademark would not make it easier for counterfeiting to be detected?