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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”: The essential role of EU agencies in combatting the sale of counterfeit goods

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ben FarrandORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2019.

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This article demonstrates the role and importance of EU agencies in the EU’s regulatory environment, and considers the consequences of an absence of cooperation through agencies for internal security. It does so by exploring the case study of the anti-counterfeiting activities of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), and what happens when a state no longer benefits from membership of an EU agency. The effective protection of consumers from counterfeit goods is dependent upon identifying best practices, sharing information on counterfeiting trends, and coordinating responses, activities undertaken through EU agencies. This article demonstrates that the ability of states to effectively counter the sale of counterfeit goods is dependent upon the existence of EU agencies due to the need for transnational cooperation. In the absence of EU agencies, states are likely to suffer diminished operational expertise and a lack of in-depth knowledge concerning counterfeiting trends. It concludes that the EU agencies form an essential part of EU security governance, with states not party to these cooperative endeavours rendered vulnerable and unable to combat at a national level what is ultimately a global problem.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Farrand B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Security

Year: 2019

Volume: 28

Issue: 1

Pages: 22-39

Print publication date: 01/04/2019

Online publication date: 30/01/2019

Acceptance date: 20/01/2019

Date deposited: 04/04/2019

ISSN (print): 0966-2839

ISSN (electronic): 1746-1545

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09662839.2019.1573816


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