Illicit Trade

Economy & Jobs 07-06-2018

EU loses €60 billion annually to counterfeits

According to a study by the EU’s Intellectual Property Office, revenue losses generated by counterfeiting in Europe remain high. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Agrifood 07-06-2018

EU should use due diligence in fisheries import

The European Parliament has adopted an initiative report this week about the conformity of fisheries products that have access to the EU market. The EU is the largest market for fish in the world and it may need to be even more vigilant to keep illegally caught fish from arriving in the EU indirectly, writes Linnéa Engström.
Economy & Jobs 24-04-2018

OLAF: Illicit cut tobacco is a significant and growing market

The volume of illicit cut tobacco in Europe poses a significant problem and is a growing market, Margarete Hofmann, Director for policy at the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) told EURACTIV.com.
Economy & Jobs 27-02-2018

Wildlife trafficking is crippling the planet

We are currently in the midst of the sixth mass extinction. We are losing plants and animals at an alarming rate and humans are to blame. One of the most serious threats to biodiversity loss is wildlife trafficking, writes MEP Catherine Bearder.
Enlargement 26-02-2018

Juncker tells Balkan states 2025 entry possible for all

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told Western Balkan countries on Sunday (25 February) to bear in mind 2025 as the date when any of them could join the European Union provided they worked to meet the criteria for membership.
Economy & Jobs 02-02-2018

EU takes over in fight against blood diamonds

The fight against conflict diamonds has slowed down since the creation of the Kimberley process in 2002. However, with the EU at its head in 2018, the subject of corporate responsibility could come up in talks.
Economy & Jobs 14-12-2017

EU expected to mount pressure on Minsk over illicit ‘cheap whites’

The rising illicit tobacco trade and particularly of the so-called cheap whites from Belarus to the EU will be discussed at the next EU-Belarus meeting on 19 December, an EU official told EURACTIV.com.

EU donates millions to help save Africa’s wildlife

The European Union on Tuesday (5 December) donated €17.2 million as part of a €30m package to boost efforts in Eastern and Southern Africa to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of related products.
Economy & Jobs 04-12-2017

Angry tobacco industry asks Andriukaitis for ‘transparent dialogue’

The tobacco industry is fuming at EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis following his statement that manufacturers are “silent” over illicit trade.
Economy & Jobs 30-11-2017

Mystery of the eel: Europe’s own ivory trade

The European Commission has proposed a ban on eel fishing in the Atlantic, in an attempt to recover the dwindling stock of the European eel, a critically endangered species that is traded illegally by an industry that is worth millions of euros.

How environmental crime became an EU security priority for 2018-21

In May 2017, EU justice ministers decided that environmental crimes – including wildlife trafficking and waste crimes – would be one of the EU’s ten priorities for the fight against serious and organised crime during the 2018-21 policy cycle. Catherine Bearder evokes how this decision came to being.
Economy & Jobs 10-10-2017

Commission hits back at criticism over tobacco track and trace proposal

The European Commission’s proposal for a tobacco track and trace system is fully in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) provisions, as it gives control over the system to the member states and not the tobacco industry, a Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 29-08-2017

Bulk tobacco smuggling increases, worrying OLAF and Commission

Illegal sale of fine cut tobacco is on the rise in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, depriving state budgets of millions of euros in unpaid taxes and causing concern in the EU's anti-fraud office, OLAF, and the European Commission.
Agrifood 04-08-2017

Greece seizes more than 700kg of illegal pesticides from Turkey

Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food announced on Friday (4 August) that the customs office seized more than 700 kilos of illegal pesticides originating from Turkey.
Economy & Jobs 03-07-2017

Tobacco track and trace tech: A warning

Plans to tackle the problem of illicit tobacco by using track and trace technologies are gathering momentum among European policymakers. But Juan Yañez warns that concerns about the type and timing of the technology need to be raised.
Economy & Jobs 20-06-2017

Stakeholders question Commission’s handling of tobacco track and trace

Several member states and the EU distribution sector have questioned the effectiveness of a recent European Commission consultant’s proposal on the future track and trace system of tobacco products.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2017

President Juncker, help us say no to fake goods!

Today, on World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, Alain Galaski calls on the Commission to act more decisively against counterfeiting.
Economy & Jobs 30-05-2017

Industry should take lead on TT&A governance

The EU wants to tackle counterfeit pharmaceuticals and tobacco. Tracking, tracing and authentication (TT&A) has a big role to play in this. But who should be tasked with implementing and monitoring it? Craig Stobie explains how the problem should be handled.
Economy & Jobs 17-03-2017

Fighting wildlife trafficking must be made a priority

The recent killing of a rhino in a French zoo brought the harsh realities of wildlife crime to our doorstep, yet the EU already lies at the heart of the illegal wildlife trade. Joanna Swabe, Eleonora Panella and Daniel Turner argue that tackling wildlife trafficking must be made a priority issue.
Development Policy 16-03-2017

Parliament adopts binding law on conflict minerals

MEPs today (16 March) adopted a new law obliging importers of minerals to ensure that their business does not contribute to armed conflicts in certain areas of the world. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 06-03-2017

Industry involvement in EU tobacco tracking system divides stakeholders

The involvement of the tobacco industry in an EU-wide track and trace system to tackle smuggling has divided relevant stakeholders.
Economy & Jobs 01-03-2017

Growing fake smartphone market raises eyebrows in Brussels

The rise of counterfeit smartphone devices in the EU in 2015 is dealing a severe blow to industry sales and consumer safety, a new report has warned.
Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Brussels urges Belarus to raise excise taxes on cigarettes

In an effort to halt the growing illicit tobacco trade from Belarus to Europe, the European Commission is calling on Minsk to approximate its excise duty rates to the levels in the EU.
Trade & Society 07-02-2017

EU anti-fraud official: Tobacco smuggling is ‘major source’ of organised crime

Cigarette smuggling costs national and EU budgets more than €10 billion annually in lost public revenue and is a major source of organised crime, including terrorism, Margarete Hofmann told Euractiv in an interview.