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Euro Trend Report

Anticounterfeiting efforts are on the agenda in the European Parliament today, with a scheduled commitee vote on creating an EU-wide criminal law to combat the flood of fakes.  Debate centers on the scope of the law, which could either focus exclusively on large-scale copyists or target consumers as well, as both France and Italy have. 

So if you're planning a shopping trip, think twice before buying a replica of that Bulgarian bag or Slovenian CD you've been coveting.  Like your weight in kilos instead of pounds, fines calculated in euros rather than US dollars only seem lower.