title: “Combating Fraud in the Baltic Region within the Field of
Counterfeiting and Piracy”
Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia
authority: European Commission (Directorate General for Justice and
The seminars were
implemented in co-operation with the Danish, Swedish and Finnish Anti-Counterfeiting
Groups, and the
Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The project benefited from
co-financing under the EU Falcone programme.
programme was dedicated to
the level of understanding of participants in respect of Intellectual
Property Law and infringement procedures, sanctions and remedies
available to right holders.
Specific roles of the
different authorities involved in the combat of piracy and
The role of the judicial
system and the challenges posed to the judicial system by, inter alea,
- Necessary prerequisites for enhanced cross border
co-operation between authorities responsible for the combat of
counterfeiting and piracy
programme included also
The 1998 Green Paper
on the combat of Counterfeiting and Piracy in the internal market
(COM(2000) 789 final)
Progress made in some
Member States in respect of implementation of the European
Commission’s Customs 2002 programme
provisions adopted in the Council (Justice and Home Affairs)
concerning police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters
The outcome of the project
An upgrading of the skills and capacity of the
participants. The training provided the participants with an expanded
knowledge, understanding and management capacity to tackle the issues
of counterfeiting and pirate production.
A multidisciplinary approach in creating a closer
co-operation in the prevention of and struggle against organised crimes.
Links and network among participants from the Baltic area
were made much stronger and the participants committed each other on
future closer co-operation in the Baltic region.
create associations of anti-counterfeiting groups in Estonia, Latvia
and Lithuania were further encouraged.
The concept for
future training included a recommendation for future training within the
field of counterfeiting and piracy in other European regions. In view
of the forthcoming EU enlargement similar training need to be organised in
Central Europe comprising Germany, Austria,
Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia,
East Mediterranean region comprising Italy,
Greece, Malta and Cyprus and
- West Mediterranean region comprising Spain and
Portugal with the possible participation of Morocco and Tunisia.
future training should address a similar target group, i.e. participation
of police officers, customs officials, public prosecutors, other civil
servants, judges and specialised lawyers