Select Committee on European Scrutiny Twenty-Seventh Report



9. PENAL SANCTIONS AGAINST COUNTERFEITING IN CONNECTION WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE EURO

 

(a)

(23110)

15441/01

SEC (01)1999

 

 

(b)

(23111)

15442/01

COM(01) 771

 

Commission staff working paper — Annex to the Commission report based on Article 11 of the Council's Framework Decision of 29 May 2000 on increasing protection by criminal penalties and other sanctions against counterfeiting in connection with the introduction of the euro.

 

Commission report based on Article 11 of the Council's Framework Decision of 29 May 2000 on increasing protection by criminal penalties and other sanctions against counterfeiting in connection with the introduction of the euro.

Legal base:

   

Deposited in Parliament:

24 January 2002

Department:

Home Office

Basis of consideration:

Minister's letter of 23 April 2002

Previous Committee Report:

HC 152-xx (2001-02), paragraph 20 (6 March 2002)

To be discussed in Council:

Not applicable

Committee's assessment:

Politically important

Committee's decision:

(Both) Already cleared (decision reported on 6 March 2002)

 

 

Background

  9.1  When we considered these documents in March, we cleared them, while expressing our disappointment about the unsatisfactory situation they revealed. We asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office (Mr Bob Ainsworth ) whether he shared our view. As it was the first occasion on which the implementation of a framework decision had been evaluated, we also asked for his views on the report itself, and whether it provided a useful model to be followed in other cases.

The Minister's letter

  9.2  The Minister has now replied. He says:

"In your report, you expressed your view that it was unsatisfactory that there were still Member States who had failed to implement the Framework Decision. I share this view particularly given the importance of combatting the involvement of organised crime."

  9.3  With regard to the report itself, the Minister tells us:

      "Although we noted some inaccuracy in the reporting of action taken by the United Kingdom, we believe that the report is generally accurate. It appears to provide a full and comprehensive analysis of the extent to which the Member States have taken the necessary measures to comply with the Framework Decision."

Conclusion

  9.4  We thank the Minister for his response, and hope that other Member States will recognise the importance of implementing the Framework Decision. We have already cleared the documents.

 


 
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