Geneva Airport is helping its passengers to detect counterfeit goods on vacation


30.06.2011

The airport authorities are partners in the new campaign being run by STOP PIRACY* this summer to educate travellers about the risks and dangers associated with counterfeit products.

On the initiative of STOP PIRACY, the Federal Customs Administration, the Precious Metals Control and Genève Aéroport have joined forces to set up a new summer operation intended to detect counterfeit goods and thereby enable travellers to avoid them. Various activities will be offered:

From 30 June 2011 to 6 July 2011
in the reserved area (after passing through the security checkpoints).

Demonstrations will be carried out in front of travellers of assays of the precious metal content of jewellery and watches. Various examples of counterfeit products will be presented to the public and discussed by the experts on the stand.
In addition, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie  (FHH) and the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH) will present, as world-first preview, four spots produced by students of the Ecole Cantonal de Lausanne (ECAL) for the contest "A real look at fakery". These short films describing the dangers of counterfeit watches are the work of Justine Schaller, Ovide lo Castro, Melchior Burnat and Sylvain Meltz, visual communication students.
For more information, please contact info@fondationdehautehorlogerie.com.

A short film dedicated to the illegal trade in cigarettes will be shown, as will a STOP PIRACY spot entitled "Piracy lacks scruples". For more information on counterfeiting in general and on the relevant legislation, we would ask journalists to please contact Mrs. Anastasia Li-Treyer, President of STOP PIRACY or Mr. Jürg Herren, Vice President, at info@stoppiracy.ch.

For customs matters, please contact Mrs. Vanessa Varone, Federal Customs Administration, vanessa.varone@ezv.admin.ch.
For the Precious Metals Control, the contact is Mr Fabrice Schafer, fabrice.schafer@ezv.admin.ch.
Journalists who would like to visit the stand and watch demonstrations can contact Arno Ruedisuehli, of the Federal Customs Administration, at arno.ruedisuehli@ezv.admin.ch.

* STOP PIRACY, the Swiss platform to combat counterfeiting and piracy, is a joint initiative of the Swiss economy and administration. Its purpose is to combat counterfeiting and piracy effectively and permanently by strengthening cooperation and coordination among its members. It also aims to inform the general public about the harmful effects of counterfeiting and piracy. STOP PIRACY was founded in 2005 on the initiative of the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and the Swiss International Chamber of Commerce. (www.stop-piracy.ch).