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Piracy and counterfeiting have now reached alarming levels in the EU and epidemic proportions in accession countries. Recent Commission statistics showed an increase of 900 per cent in pirated goods. Not only is counterfeiting and piracy leading to an average loss of 17 000 jobs per annum in the EU and millions in lost tax revenue for governments, but counterfeit goods can pose serious health and safety risks to consumers. It is organised crime networks that are behind the pirate trade, using profits from piracy and counterfeiting to finance drug trafficking and terrorism.
Currently there are two important pieces of legislation going through the European Parliament, the enforcement directive and consultation on customs action against counterfeit and pirated goods (repealing Regulation 3295/94/EC).
We are calling on the Council and the Commission to;
We would really welcome your personal signature on this declaration to give a strong signal to Council and Commission of Parliament's concerns at the alarming levels of piracy and counterfeiting.
The written declaration is available to sign this afternoon outside of the Hemicycle. The declaration needs at least 313 signatures.
Arlene McCarthy MEP, Janelly Fourtou MEP, Toine Manders MEP, Mercedes Echerer MEP and Marcelino Oreja Arburua MEP