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 EU-China Seminar on Exchange of practices and information in the field of IPR - 27-28 February 2012, Cologne

This seminar – part of the EU-China action plan on IPR customs enforcement – focused on ways of sharing seizure information with other administrations, to help them stop production and wind up distribution networks.

Customs authorities detain thousands of consignments of IPR infringing goods every year both in the EU and in China. However, stopping and seizing illegal goods at the borders is not enough in itself and does not provide a sufficient deterrent.

Participants
Some 60 European and Chinese experts in countering IPR infringements

From China:

  • General Administration of Customs
  • Ministry of Public Security, local Public Security Bureau
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Supreme People's Procuratorate

From the EU:

  • representatives of national customs administrations in EU countries
  • EUROPOL
  • Intellectual Property Office (UK)
  • European Commission (DG Taxation & Customs Union and the Anti-Fraud Office OLAF).

Discussion themes

  • ways of using information about IPR infringements gathered by customs, to tackle the manufacture and distribution of illegal products
  • how to improve cooperation between customs and other law enforcement agencies within one jurisdiction
  • how to use evidence and information gathered in one jurisdiction to track and bring action against offenders in another jurisdiction.

All participants welcomed the unique opportunity offered by this seminar to exchange views, best practices and ideas. They agreed to consider follow-up activities, possibly focussing on specific cooperation issues.

 

 Meeting of the Joint Customs-Industry Working Group on Joint development of partnerships in the EU and China - 2 March 2012, Rotterdam

The purpose of this meeting (following on from the Cologne Seminar) was to strengthen cooperation on IPR customs enforcement between customs and right holders in the EU and China.

Participants

  • private-sector business representatives from Europe and China
  • officials from China's General Administration of Customs
  • EU countries' national customs administrations
  • European Commission (DG Taxation & Customs Union)

Discussions

  • new developments on counterfeit and piracy
  • implementation of best practices and improving communication between customs and right-holders.

The opportunity to have direct contact and interactive discussions with European and Chinese customs authorities at the meeting was very well received by the private sector.

 Customs 2013 Eastern Neighbourhood Customs Cooperation High-Level Seminar, Kraków 20 – 21 October 2011

A High-Level Seminar hosted by the Polish Presidency of the EU took place in Kraków on 20 – 21 October 2011 under the Customs 2013Programme, under the motto "Towards Better Co-operation".

The event brought together the Directors-General and other representatives of customs administrations from EU Member States and the European Commission, Candidate countries and the Eastern neighbours of the EU, as well as the World Customs Organization.

The aim of the Seminar was to further develop customs cooperation at the Eastern Border of the EU through the practical implementation of actions under three broad strategic priorities: 1) safe and fluid trade lanes; 2) risk management and the fight against fraud; and 3) customs modernisation. For further information see the Conclusionspdf Choose translations of the previous link  agreed by the participants.


 Customs 2013 High-level Seminar on Customs Co-operation at the EU's Eastern Border - Budapest, 14-15 April 2011

A High-Level Seminar hosted by the Hungarian Presidency of the EU took place in Budapest on 14-15 April 2011 under the Customs 2013 Programme. The event brought together the Directors-General and other representatives of customs administrations from EU Member States and the European Commission, Candidate countries and the Eastern neighbours of the EU, as well as Serbia. The aim of the Seminar was to enhance and further develop customs cooperation at the Eastern Border of the EU through consensus on a coherent and comprehensive framework. For further information see the press notice Choose translations of the previous link  and the Final Declarationpdf(37 kB) agreed by the participants.

 

 High-level International Customs Conference EU-China, 1-2 September 2010, Shanghai

Reconciling trade facilitation objectives with the need to safeguard the security of citizens, protect intellectual property rights and combat illicit trade is a core issue in the relationship between the European Union and China in the area of customs. A high-level International Customs Conference has explored this challenge from various geographical and sectoral angles focusing on EU-China "Modern Customs: Building bridges to facilitate legitimate trade while protecting citizens". See the details.

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