OLAF /07/11 Brussels, 19 October 2007

In close cooperation with the Hungarian Customs and Finance Guard, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) organised this year's Task Group Cigarette conference which took place this week in Budapest.

More than 80 experts representing the 27 Member States of the European Union, third countries (Croatia, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine and the USA), Europol, World Customs Organization and OLAF were participating at the five-day conference, whose aim was to enhance international operational cooperation and to support the fight against cigarette smuggling and cigarette counterfeiting by information exchange.

The twelfth Task Group Cigarette conference provided an excellent opportunity for the representatives of nearly 40 customs and law enforcement agencies to share experience about latest trends and, after return to their home administrations, to continue the fight more effectively against cigarette smuggling and counterfeiting.

Having regard to the fact that cigarette smuggling affects not only the EU and Member States' revenue but also employment of EU citizens, OLAF considers the support of the fight against cigarette smuggling and cigarette counterfeiting as a priority and plans to continue to organise the Task Group Cigarette conference in the future.

Alessandro Butticé
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