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EXME 13 / 05.08
05 / 08 / 13
EU Customs detained almost 40 million products suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) at EU borders in 2012, according to the Commission's annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR. The value of the intercepted goods is nearly €1 billion. Cigarettes accounted for a large number of interceptions (31%), miscellaneous goods (e.g. bottles, lamps, glue, batteries, washing powder) were the next largest category (12%), followed by packaging materials (10%). Postal and courier packages accounted for around 70% of customs interventions in 2012, with 23% of the detentions in postal traffic concerning medicines. In terms of where the fake goods were coming from, China continued to be the main source. Further statistics on the type, provenance and transport method of counterfeit products detained at the EU's external borders are available in today's report. See also MEMO/13/738
In June 2013 compared with May 2013, the volume of retail trade fell by 0.5% in the euro area (EA17) and by 0.3% in the EU27, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May retail trade increased by 1.1% and 1.3% respectively. In June 20134, compared with June 2012, the retail sales index dropped by 0.9% in the euro area and rose by 0.1% in the EU27.
Commission launches e-consultation on family farming
The European Commission has launched an on-line consultation on the role of family farming with a view to identifying key challenges and priorities for the future. Contributions will feed the preparations of the European conference "Family farming: A dialogue towards more sustainable and resilient farming in Europe and the world" scheduled for 29 November 2013, in the context of the declaration of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming by the United Nations. All citizens, organizations and public authorities interested are welcome to contribute to this consultation which will be open till 10 October. More information is available at