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Parliamentary questions
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8 March 2021
E-000005/2021(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Gentiloni
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000005/2021

The Commission is fully committed to fight this illegal activity and supports Member States in their efforts to bar the entry of counterfeit products into our Single Market.

The Commission’s recent Customs Action Plan(1) will support Member States’ customs authorities in improving risk management and anti-fraud actions. In addition, the current EU Customs Action Plan 2018- 2022(2) to combat Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringements aims to tackle e-commerce and to reinforce the risk analysis performed on IPR risks.

The Commission tackles the international dimension of counterfeiting and piracy, as goods infringing IPR and reaching the EU territory are mainly originating from China and Hong Kong, through two specific Action Plans(3) on customs cooperation in IPR and through the inclusion in free trade agreements with third countries of binding rules on IP enforcement.

The Commission prepares biennially the report on protection and enforcement of IPR in third countries(4) and the Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List(5).

The investigative priorities of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) include the fight against counterfeit goods putting at risk the health and the security of EU consumers and detrimental to the environment, within the limits of its mandate.

In its IP Action Plan(6), the Commission has urged Member States and the Council to include IP crime among the priorities of the next EU Policy Cycle — European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats, for the period 2022-2025.

Last, the Commission will establish an EU Toolbox against counterfeiting to promote and facilitate effective cooperation between IP rights holders, intermediaries and law enforcement authorities.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/general-information-customs/customs-action-plan_en
(2)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52019XG0121(01)&rid=9
(3)Action Plan concerning EU-China customs cooperation on intellectual property rights (2018-2022) signed in Beijing on 16 July 2018, currently under renewal, and Action Plan on cooperation in the customs enforcement of intellectual property rights in the European Union and Hong Kong, China signed in Hong Kong on 27 April 2015.
(4)https://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2020/january/tradoc_158561.pdf
(5)https://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2020/december/tradoc_159183.pdf
(6)COM(2020) 760 — Making the most of the EU’s innovative potential — An intellectual property action plan to support the EU’s recovery and resilience.
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