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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the growth in on-line food fraud in Europe

Mara Bizzotto

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the growth in on-line food fraud in Europe  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas according to figures quoted by the Carabinieri’s agricultural and foodstuffs anti‑fraud unit (Comando Carabinieri Politiche agricole e alimentari-Nucleo antifrodi) at the Conference on ‘E-commerce and food fraud’ held in Rome on 18 November 2014, on‑line piracy in food products is growing in Europa and is now worth EUR 425 billion;

B.     whereas statistics indeed show that food fraud has been increasing year after year;

C.     whereas food piracy generates billions illegally, concerns all Member States and occasions enormous damage to companies whose protected brands and denominations of origin are usurped;

1.      Calls on the Commission to review its strategy on limiting and preventing on‑line food piracy;

2.      Calls on the Commission to establish a permanent panel for monitoring and comparing the situation in all the Member States with a view to their adopting and observing a common code of conduct in respect of food fraud offences.

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