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Action to combat illicit trade in light weapons

Action to combat illicit trade in light weapons

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Action to combat illicit trade in light weapons

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Action to combat illicit trade in light weapons

Document or Iniciative

Council Decision 2010/765/CFSP of 2 December 2010 on EU action to counter the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons (SALW) by air.

Summary

This decision defines European Union (EU) level projects for combating the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons (SALW) by air, as part of the implementation of the EU SALW strategy. These projects aim at strengthening:

  • the tools and techniques used to screen and target air cargo aircrafts that are suspected of participating in the illicit trade of SALW;
  • technical expertise in monitoring, detecting and risk management analysis of air cargo carriers that are suspected of participating in the illicit trade of SALW.

Project 1: Software package and information system for air trafficking risk management

The project will improve the monitoring of suspected air cargo actors by crisis management missions, international and non-EU countries’ national authorities and EU countries, the prohibition of suspected SALW shipments by air and the secure exchange of information between EU countries on air cargo actors. It will consist of the:

  • development of an air trafficking risk management software package and of a secure pilot risk management and information dissemination system;
  • field testing of the software package and of the information dissemination system;
  • development of a manual and training material on the software package and the information dissemination system;
  • presentation of the software and the related manual and training material at a stakeholder workshop.

Project 2: Publications and training in air trafficking risk management practices

This project will improve the relevant personnel’s awareness of best practices on monitoring, detecting and risk management analysis of suspected air cargo carriers, the standardisation of these best practices, as well as the development of best practices on information coordination. The activities to be pursued under the project consist of the:

  • drafting and dissemination of a manual and related training material to relevant personnel in multilateral organisations, missions or states;
  • training of relevant personnel of crisis management missions and international and non-EU countries’ national authorities by organising regional seminars;
  • development of a model for best practices on information exchanges between relevant personnel based on the results of the training activities and the presentation of this model at a stakeholder workshop.

Project implementation

Under the responsibility of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR), the Stockholm International Peace and Research Institute (SIPRI) is tasked with the technical implementation of these projects. The Commission will conclude a financing agreement with SIPRI, with a view to effectively supervising the management of the expenditure allocated to the implementation of the projects (EUR 9000 000).

This decision will expire either 24 months after the conclusion of the financing agreement or, if no agreement is concluded, six months after its adoption.

References

Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Decision 2010/765/CFSP

2.12.2010

OJ L 327 of 11.12.2010

This summary is for information only. It is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document, which remains the only binding legal text.

European anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy plan

European anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy plan

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about European anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy plan

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European anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy plan

Acts

Council Resolution of 25 September 2008 on a comprehensive European anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy plan [Official Journal C 253 of 4.10.2008].

Summary

With this Resolution, the Council is calling on the Commission to put into effect the actions to combat counterfeiting and piracy set out in its Communication on an industrial property rights strategy for Europe [COM(2008) 465]. This Communication provides a set of measures aimed at enforcing industrial property, copy- and related rights such as customs initiatives, completing legislation, concluding inter-industry agreements, enforcing cross-border judgements, enforcing intellectual property rights in third countries and working towards a plurilateral anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA).

In this regard, the Commission is invited to establish a European counterfeiting and piracy observatory based on its existing structures. It should define in detail the arrangements and financing for the establishment and future operations of the observatory. The aim of the observatory should be to allow for regular evaluations and more accurate analysis of the counterfeiting and piracy situation in Europe. The data for this should be provided on a voluntary basis by both the private and public sectors.

The Commission should also communicate with actors taking part in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy. This should involve the diffusion of related information, in particular by using the Internet.

Finally, the Commission is also invited to develop awareness-raising activities in order to inform consumers of the dangers of counterfeiting. These should include operational guides and events to mark the European awareness day related to counterfeiting and piracy.

At the same time, the Council is also inviting the Commission and the Member States to take action to fight against counterfeiting and piracy. This should, among others, consist of drawing up an anti-counterfeiting customs plan for the period 2009-12. This plan should prioritise information sharing via electronic means, along with collaboration between border authorities, namely customs authorities, and rights holders. The Commission and the Member States should also review the customs law with a view to enhancing the legal framework so that the fight against counterfeiting is made more effective.

In addition, the Commission and the Member States should:

  • establish a rapid information exchange network for counterfeit products and services by stepping-up cross-border administrative collaboration with the help of national contact points and modern information and communication tools;
  • ensure that the institutions fighting against counterfeiting and piracy may coordinate properly by promoting the sharing of best practice between national administrations;
  • review the legal framework relating to intellectual property rights in order to evaluate its effectiveness;
  • encourage partnerships between the public and private sector for fighting counterfeiting and piracy, propose good practice and promote collaboration between professionals.

Furthermore, the Commission and the Member States should promote the protection of intellectual property rights within the international context, including in cooperation activities with third countries. This should consist of endorsing the inclusion and enforcement of intellectual property rights in bi- and multilateral agreements and actively working towards the conclusion of a plurilateral anti-counterfeiting trade agreement.

Background

In March 2008, the Council launched the new cycle of the renewed Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs (2008-10). In this context, the European Union was invited to fight against counterfeiting more effectively by working towards a more efficient system of protection of intellectual property rights.