Preventing IPR Infringements at EU borders

The number of products suspected of violating intellectual property rights detained by EU Customs has constantly increased, reaching the number of 115 million in 2011. According to the Commission’s annual report, these products represented almost 1.3 billion €. This is an essential issue for businesses who, for many of them, see the situation getting worse year after year. In this context, our members were looking … Continue reading Preventing IPR Infringements at EU borders

Protecting Europe: the role of police and customs cooperation

Over lunch, the discussion focused on the priorities of the Council of the EU in the area of organised crime and terrorism. Topics that were raised concerned the harmonization of criminal offences, the approximation of legislation, common definitions and initiatives between member states, relevant actors and previous projects. During the Q&A, the discussion focused on Directive on copyright concerning the cooperation with the European Parliament … Continue reading Protecting Europe: the role of police and customs cooperation

The future of the Customs Union

The discussion touched upon topics such as implementation and evaluation of the Customs Union; the efficiency of customs in Europe and the comparison with the American example; The protection of citizens and businesses; procedures, goals, limitations, rules, conditions, responsibility and standards. Speaker: Mr Miroslaw Zielinski – Director, Customs Policy, Legislation, Tariffs, DG TAXUD Topic: The future of the Customs Union. What are the challenges and … Continue reading The future of the Customs Union