Organised under the EUropean Commission Fraud
Prevention Action Plan, the EU Card Fraud Forum was successfully
held on the 25 and 26 March 2003 in Brussels. The Forum is the
result of the cooperation between the EU Commission, Visa
International, MasterCard, American Express, the Italian
Anti-counterfeiting Office (UCAMP) and the Swedish Bureau for
Economic Crime. One hundred and fifty delegates from both the EU
Member States and Accession Countries (representing law
enforcement, public prosecution, the Judiciary and the payment
industry) actively participated in the discussions.
Commissioner Bolkestein delivered the opening speech, which was
very well received. During the Forum concrete case studies were
shown by law enforcement officers and lively discussions took
place among the participants.
The Forum concluded that enhanced co-operation between the
payment card industry, law enforcement and regulators is essential
to effectively prevent fraud. Joint efforts are vital in light of
the inherent organized crime and cross-border nature of payment
card fraud. At the same time, an up-to-date knowledge of the
issues is a pre-condition for successful results in combating such
a fast developing crime. The Forum called for increased efforts in
training and awareness raising and for taking better advantage of
the training options already available.
Law enforcement and public prosecutors requested greater
clarification of existing EU data protection legislation in order
to allow a wider cross-border exchange of information. This
exchange will ensure a more effective anti-fraud strategy. The
Forum also addressed the question of "proofing" new legislation to
ensure that new EU rules do not increase the number of
opportunities to commit fraud.
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