Italy: Anti-Counterfeit Conference
The Worldwide Trade and Consumer Protection Foundation held a conference in Rome last week highlighting the growing problem of counterfeit products.
[Countess Marisa Pinto Olori del Poggio, Executive VP of WTCP]:
“This phenomenon is so dramatic that it hurts economic development and the health of citizens, and it harms the state by lost tax revenue."
And this growing problem isn't just about economics.
Because counterfeiters don’t observe health and safety standards, counterfeit products can also pose serious health risks.
[Antonio Tajani, VP, EU Commission on Industry and Entrepreneurship]:
“According to the Chamber of Commerce, counterfeit goods for 600 billion dollars are in circulation in the world today and it's estimated this figure will double in 2015. Counterfeiting also means poor quality and dangerous products. In this regard, think of the tons of counterfeit toys that might fall into the hands of children.”
The conference also focused on developing tools to combat counterfeiting, like improved product traceability and identification.
[Franco Staino, Vice-President WTCP]:
“We should know more about what's behind all this, the types of racket, what market is there. It’s necessary to push forward with a campaign to develop various tools.”
The conference is just one of the many initiatives of the foundation, as it works with the scientific and technological community to fight the spread of counterfeit goods.
NTD News, Rome, Italy