The European Union has a four-year policy cycle to create better continuity for the fight against serious international and organised crime. The policy called EMPACT allows for effective cooperation among law enforcement, EU institutions and agencies, Members States, and relevant third parties and allows them to address the prioritised threats of organised and serious international crime. The current cycle period is 2018 – 2021 so we are readying to start a new one and what is included is decided by the Council of the EU (Member States). There are a number of bodies aiming to get IP crime included as a priority and a group of organisations wrote today to the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers EU MS requesting that they raise the issue. For a number of us not only do we want to ensure IP crime is included in EMPACT but also to ensure that piracy is not overlooked as its omission for another four years would be a grave error.
Letter to the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers EU MS
EMPACT Prioritising IP Crime Law Enforcement