European Technical and Scientific Centre (ETSC)
This decision establishes the European Technical and Scientific Centre (ETSC) attached to the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The role of the ETSC is to protect euro coins against counterfeiting. To this end, it analyses and classifies counterfeit euro coins and assists national authorities.
Commission Decision 2005/37/EC of 29 October 2004 establishing the European Technical and Scientific Centre (ETSC) and providing for coordination of technical actions to protect euro coins against counterfeiting.
This decision establishes the European Technical and Scientific Centre (ETSC) within the European Commission in Brussels, attached to the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).
Tasks of the centre
- analyses and classifies every new type of counterfeit euro coin, in accordance with the regulation on the protection of the euro against counterfeiting;
- contributes to fulfilling the objectives of the Pericles programme;
- assists the Coin National Analysis Centres (CNAC) and law-enforcement authorities;
- collaborates with relevant authorities in the analysis of counterfeit euro coins and the strengthening of protection.
Hosting at the French Mint
For the technical and scientific analysis of counterfeit euro coins, the ETSC uses the personnel and premises that the French Mint has made available, and notably its laboratory. The Commission seconds specialist members of its personnel for this purpose. The other expenses attributable to the work carried out by the ETSC are charged to the general budget of the European Union (EU).
Coordination and information activities
The Commission coordinates the actions of the technical authorities competent for the protection of euro coins, in particular through regular meetings of the Counterfeit Coin Experts Group. Chaired by the Commission, this group allows pooling of the various experiences and expertise of EU countries in relation to counterfeiting of euro coins and coordination of technical actions necessary to protect the euro.
The Economic and Financial Committee, the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Police Office (Europol) and the competent national authorities are regularly kept informed of the centre’s activities and of the situation as regards coin counterfeiting.
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OJ L 19 of 21.1.2005
- OLAF’s website on the protection of euro coins