In the European Union alone, counterfeit and pirated products make up around 5% (€85bn) of imports. The effect of this on business and industry is staggering. In the clothing industry, for example, the impact of the counterfeit market has resulted in the loss over 500,000 jobs, as well as around €43bn of lost sales. Counterfeit goods also pose health and safety risks to consumers and maufacturers alike.
Deputy Head of Unit, Intellectual Property and Fight against Counterfeiting | DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROWTH)
Harrie Temmink is currently Deputy Head of the Industrial Property and Fight Against Counterfeiting Unit at DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW), European Commission. Harrie has a Dutch Law Degree and a Spanish Language and Literature Degree from the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands). He joined the European Commission in 2003 and worked at the Industrial Property Unit of DG Internal Market and Services (2003-2008); as a Member of Cabinet of Mrs Meglena Kuneva, European Commissioner for Consumer Affairs (2008-2010), and as Deputy Head of the Online and Postal Services Unit (2011-2014) and the Public Interest Services Unit (2014-2017). He worked previously as a lecturer in Public Economic Law at the University of Utrecht; as an advisor at the Netherlands Competition Authority and as a Legal Secretary to the Court of Justice of the European Union.