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Parliamentary questions
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2 January 2021
Question for written answer  E-000005/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Gianantonio Da Re (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Counterfeit products from non-EU countries – urgent intervention required by the Commission

According to the Commission’s annual report on customs enforcement, published on Thursday 17 December, counterfeit goods with a market value of around EUR 760 million were seized at the EU’s external borders in 2019 – an increase of EUR 20 million compared to 2018.

In total, almost 41 million items that infringed intellectual property rights were seized in 2019, an increase of 53% compared to 2018.

Cigarettes were the most frequently seized item (21.3%) again in 2019, followed by packaging materials (13.6%), toys (9.6%) and clothing (3.9%).

China was once again the main country of origin of counterfeit products, followed by Pakistan, Morocco and Senegal.

According to the report, counterfeit products for everyday use that are potentially dangerous to the health and safety of consumers, such as food, drinks, personal care items, medicines, household appliances and toys, remain a problem and accounted for 15.6% of the total number of items seized.

In view of the above:

Does the Commission not think that more stringent measures and controls might be needed to combat the counterfeiting of products from outside the EU and defend the European market, in addition to the health and safety of EU citizens?

Original language of question: IT
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