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Conference Smuggling, Counterfeiting and Terrorism Financing

Foreign policy, Security and Defence
Date: Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:30 - 16:30

Venue: Palais d’Egmont  |  City: Bruxelles, Belgium

Terrorism will remain a major threat for years to come. Political leaders have to define efficient answers: one of the main challenges is to adapt the response to the shifting threats, another one is to dry up the source of terrorist organization’s financing.
Consumer goods smuggling and counterfeiting constitute financing sources for terrorist organizations.
Illegal trade threatens both governments, the private sector and civil society: it affects consumer health, state tax revenues, intellectual property rights, national security and employment.
The joint OECD-EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) study estimates that counterfeit goods imported in 2013 are worth $461 billion, or about 2.5% of world trade. According to the International Association of Chambers of Commerce, this amount is expected to reach $991 billion in 2022.
All the stakeholders concerned - governments, professional organisations, consumer organisations and companies - have committed themselves to combating these trafficking and criminal financing.
The conference on 11 April will be an opportunity to develop new solutions to cut off the financing of terrorism resulting from smuggling and counterfeiting.
This event will create the conditions to encourage greater business involvement and stronger cooperation between stakeholders.

Taking part in debate will notably Pedro Serrano, Deputy Secretary General for CSDP and crisis response European External Action Service, Nathalie Griesbeck, Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Special Committee of the European Parliament and the Director of Europol, as well as Bruno Dalles, chief executive of Tracfin, Christiane Höhn and Jean-Louis Bruguière.




Place du Petit Sablon 8
1000 Bruxelles, Belgium




All Dates

  • Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:30 - 16:30

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