March 28, 2017 News

Observatory participates in the OECD Task Force meeting on Countering Illicit Trade

On 28-29 March 2017 the Observatory will participate in the fifth meeting of the Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade, which will take place in the Paris headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) as part of OECD Integrity Week.

The goal of the Task Force is to promote tractable policy reforms and to foster international cooperation aimed at the reduction and deterrence of illicit trade.

Its fifth plenary meeting will discuss key institutional capacities in government to counter illicit trade, including the effective coordination of enforcement bodies.

The meeting will also examine governance gaps in Free Trade Zones, the growing vulnerabilities of illicit trade associated with e-commerce, demand side reduction for illicit goods, and the linkages between corruption and illicit trade.

The Study on the Trade in Counterfeit Information Communication Technology (ICT) products published by the OECD will be launched at the event.

Following the publication of the joint study, “Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods. Mapping the Economic Impact,” EUIPO and the OECD have decided to continue their cooperation efforts over the coming years, in order to reach a more detailed analysis of the complex supply routes and other aspects of trade in counterfeit goods.