On Tuesday 25 February, the European Parliament (EP) voted in favour of amendments on the issue of controls of counterfeit goods in transit. The amendments were jointly proposed by EP members Marielle Gallo, and Bernhard Rapkay.
ICC BASCAP strongly supported these amendments before the plenary vote that resulted in a positive outcome for the fight against the transit of counterfeit goods in the European Union (EU).
These measures are close to the Commission proposal and provide additional reassurance that, by allowing the control of counterfeit goods in transit in accordance with WTO rules, the smooth transit of legitimate goods, including legitimate generic medicines, will not be impeded.
ICC BASCAP welcomes the EP vote that rightly recognises the importance of an effective EU legislative system aimed at preventing the transit of fake goods at the EU’s borders.
Not only does this protect EU citizens, it helps to reduce the flow of potentially dangerous products to consumers in other countries. ICC BASCAP believes that the adopted robust measures will ensure that the EU is not allowed to become the counterfeiters’ transit hub of choice.