2008 High Level Conference on Counterfeiting and Piracy: extracts from the speech by Charlie McCreevy
End production: 13/05/2008 First transmission: 13/05/2008
Charlie McCreevy, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, opened, on 13 May 2008 in Brussels, a conference on counterfeiting and piracy. The one-day event covered various topics including the effects on economic growth and job creation in Europe, risks to citizens' health and safety and measures which could enhance the fight against fake goods, with the participation of Members of the European Parliament, of stakeholders representing business, of public administrations and civil society. Counterfeiting and piracy, or the infringement of intellectual property rights such as copyright, trade marks, designs or patents, are a rapidly growing phenomenon, both at the global level as well as within Europe. Counterfeiting and piracy have devastating effects on the economy, including job creation and the health and safety of the citizens. The European Commission is taking the fight against counterfeiting and piracy seriously. It is a key component of the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs. Concerted actions are required within the EU, at its borders, and in EU's relations with third countries.
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||Exterior view of the Charlemagne building (2 shots)
||General views (2 shots)
||Charlie McCreevy, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, (in ENGLISH) saying that the purpose of the event is two-fold; firstly to raise awareness of the dangers to health and safety as well as the real cost of buying fakes and illegally downloading material from the Internet; secondly, it is also about developing a strategy to fight those thefts which are causing more and more damages to businesses, industries and to consumers every day;
saying that he hopes that the discussion will contribute to finding practical ideas that can be transferred into action to tackle this virus that is eating Europe's profits
||Charlie McCreevy (in ENGLISH) saying that Europe makes it, then the East fakes it; but the Chinese are beginning to see the potential damage that this can do to their own development; they realise that today's violators could become tomorrow's victims; they no longer want to have the reputation of being the number one counterfeiting industry;
saying that the Commission, through bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, has been working on the international scene to improve the fight against piracy and counterfeiting in third countries
||Charlie McCreevy (in ENGLISH) saying that information gathering has to be improved; data is fragmented and incomplete; they are trying to improve this; but what is perhaps more important, is that they need to improve cooperation between Member States; key players including custom authorities, police, national inspection services and intellectual property officers need to work together
||Cutaways (2 shots)
||Illustrations of counterfeit goods (7 shots)