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On 10 December 2012, the Council adopted a Resolution endorsing the EU Customs Action Plan to combat intellectual property rights infringements for the period 2013-2017. The Action Plan aims to increase customs cooperation at the EU’s external borders to combat infringements, and lays down as strategic objectives the effective implementation and monitoring of EU legislation on customs enforcement of IPR; tackling trade of IPR infringing goods throughout the entire supply chain; tackling major IPR infringement trends; and strengthening cooperation with the European Observatory on infringements of IPR and law enforcement authorities.

A roadmap will be prepared to facilitate this implementation; the Action Plan will be assessed every year and it will be subject to a final report in 2017.

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UNESCO, the Hellenic Ministry for Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports and the Hellenic Copyright Organization are organizing an International Conference on “National Policies of Partnership on Copyright Enforcement on the Internet from Rightholders and Internet Service Providers”. The Conference will take place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September 2012 at the New Acropolis Museum (Athens, Greece).

The European Commission has a new webpage concerning how IPR holders can protect their rights by asking customs to detain goods found to be suspected of infringing IPR. Customs are in fact easy and efficient tools to identify and stop infringements.

In times of difficulty it is important not to forget the role that is played by art and the people who live by it. Crisis in art means crisis in culture.

Respect for copyright and related rights helps authors, performing artists and producers live with dignity and continue to offer their work to the public.