Directorate for Public Governance


E-Commerce Challenges in Illicit Trade in Fakes

Governance Frameworks and Best Practices

This study provides an overview of government- and industry-specific measures to address the abuse of online platforms by counterfeiters. In recent years, trading platforms have been instrumental in the growth in e-commerce, but at the same time, they can be abused by illicit trade networks. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these problems as people turned to e-commerce during lockdowns and shop closures. Governments and industries have recognised these problems and are addressing them in various ways, including providing more transparency, streamlining procedures, and facilitating co-operation.

Available from December 13, 2021

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Executive Summary
E-commerce trends and developments
Summary of key provisions of the June 2016 EU memorandum of understanding on the Sale of Counterfeit Goods on the Internet
Signatories to the June 2016 EU Memorandum of understanding on the Sale of Counterfeit Goods on the Internet, as of 28 April 2021
EU practices to combat the online sale of counterfeit goods
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