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.