Combating illicit trafficking and protecting intellectual property

In Progress

Project Preparation Facility

Project at a Glance

Budget: €18,638,285 including VAT

Duration: 30.06.2025

Funding: 10% funded by RRF

Scope:

  • Operation of an integrated and interoperable information system (IS) for the management of market controls carried out throughout the country
  • Modernization of market control and fining procedures through digital services
  • Operation of a modern, high standard and security, operational center for the collection and processing of market surveillance data within DIMEA.

Imprint:  Due to the lack of utilization of ICT (Information & Communication Technology) in all stages of the market control processes, there is no uniform approach to market control procedures, which results to insufficient communication for all involved parties in all decision-making levels. Hence, we need to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of government anti-trafficking policy, considering the current challenges, needs and expectations of both citizens and businesses, enhance resilience and, where necessary, apply digitalization.

Combating illicit trafficking and protecting intellectual property, is part of pillar 4.2 of the National Plan for Recovery and Sustainability Greece 2.0 for the modernization of public administration and includes, among other things, measures for capacity building and the fight against corruption.

The project aims to increase the effectiveness, efficiency of government policy to combat trafficking, considering the current challenges, needs and expectations of both citizens and businesses, enhancing resilience and, where necessary, their digital transition.

The newly established Interagency for Market Control (DIMEA) is a unified and strong control mechanism, with emphasis on dealing with illegal trade in products and services. It is an independent Unit that reports directly to the Minister of Development and Investment (Law 4712 / 2020), has its headquarters in the General Secretariat of Commerce and is supported administratively by the Ministry of Development and Investment.

DIMEA has to i) be equipped with the appropriate modern technological tools, ii) be strengthened with sufficient and specialized personnel iii) establish information and information dissemination programs for both businesses and consumers with an emphasis on the importance of protecting intellectual property rights and iv) intensify controls through the establishment of illegal trade control stations in different parts of the country, in order to operate as fixed checkpoints. Therefore, the project consists of four (4) sub-projects.

Objectives of the action:

  • Development of an Integrated and interoperable information system (IS)
  • Purchase of high-tech equipment connected to the IS
  • Set up of an Operation Center (Rennovation of Infrastructure)
  • Introducing information and dissemination programs for both businesses and consumers to highlight the importance of protecting intellectual property rights
  • Purchase of new vehicles for commercial use, prefabricated buildings (ISOBOX) for the setup of new control stations and HXM- MobileScan TM

HRADF’s Project Preparation Facility (PPF) has undertaken the maturation and coordination of the project, through the Horizontal Technical Support provided by HRADF to the Ministry of Development and Investments . It has also undertaken the tender procedures and the monitoring of the execution of sub-project one, three and four of the action, until their completion in June 2025. The budget of the action for sub-projects one, three and four is  18,638,285 in total, including VAT.

The project is implemented through the National Recovery and Sustainability Plan “Greece 2.0” framework with European Union funding – NextGenerationEU.

 

 

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