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EP’s VOTE IN FAVOUR OF EU ENFORCEMENT DIRECTIVE ‘AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD’ SAYS ALLIANCE

12 March 2004

The Alliance Against Counterfeiting and Piracy welcome the European Parliament’s vote this week in favour of the EU Enforcement Directive.

Commenting, Lavinia Carey, Chair of the Alliance, said:

“A strong, effective enforcement regime is crucial to the survival of the UK’s creative and manufacturing industries. The vote by the European Parliament on the Enforcement Directive goes a long way to ensuring that UK industries can thrive and prosper across the EU.

“The importance of this Directive cannot be underplayed. Theft of intellectual property is a multi-billion pound industry with proven links to other serious organised crime. Last year alone, the UK economy lost an estimated £10 billion through counterfeiting and piracy.

“The Enforcement Directive will ensure that a high level of protection for intellectual property will exist throughout all member states and harmonises some of the best practice which exists at national levels. We urge the Council of Ministers to adopt the Directive and pass it to national governments for implementation.

“Like the Commission, we are however disappointed that the Parliament opted not to include criminal measures in the final Directive. Counterfeiting and piracy are serious crimes and require strong criminal sanctions across Europe. However, we note that national governments may apply appropriate criminal sanctions if they wish and we urge the UK Government to do so.”

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