The Minister of Justice, Osmar Serraglio, met today (19/04), with the president of the Parliamentary Front to Combat Smuggling and Illegality, deputy Efraim Filho, and with the coordinator of the Movement in Defense of the Brazilian Legal Market, Edson Vismona , to evaluate a proposal for actions to implement the protocol of intentions, signed on March 29, at the launch of the campaign “The Brazil we want”.
Among the measures are the reactivation of the National Council to Combat Piracy (CNCP) and monitor the borders with Paraguay.
The Movement for the Defense of the Brazilian Legal Market, which is coordinated by ETCO and FNCP, together with the Joint Parliamentary Front to Combat Smuggling and Counterfeiting, joined forces with the government and civil society to launch, on the 29th of March , the campaign “The Brazil we want”. The objective, in addition to alerting the government and society to the damage caused by smuggling, is to propose a positive agenda to combat this crime, which will result in a country free from illegal trade, where more jobs, income and revenue can be generated for the States. and economic development conditions for the population.
Evolving from discourse to practice
Combating illegality is a priority condition to reach this country that we want. In addition to damaging Brazil economically, activities such as cigarette smuggling, arming and drugs, encourage organized crime.
In this way, a work agenda was defined among the participants, which begins now and will be developed throughout 2017. This pact was filed at a ceremony attended by the Minister of Justice, Osmar Serraglio and provides, in general terms:
Technical and operational support for the execution of the National Plan of Frinteiras (focusing on the border between Brazil and Paraguay)
Implementation of intelligence actions to combat smuggling
Identification of financial resources for investments in human and technological resources
Promote legislative discussions on measures to facilitate the implementation of the border plan
Creation of joint working groups (parliament, civil society, government and judiciary)
Foster debate with neighboring countries
Sensitize society about the impacts of illegality, encouraging a change in behavior.
In addition to the signing of the agreement, the campaign had a strong
, an event with the destruction of smuggled products in São Paulo and Foz do Iguaçu, opening of the exhibition Smuggling City, in the lobby of the Chamber of Deputies and extensive press coverage.
The objective is to make the population aware that smuggling and piracy take resources from essential areas - such as health, education and security - and generate resources for organized crime. Deputy Efraim Filho (DEM-PB) comments
“Are you going to have a cheap pair of glasses over there, doctor? Buy it here in my hand! ” The sale is made in daylight, without ceremony. Pirate products invaded the country's streets. They are toys, CDs, clothing and many other products that have negative impacts on the economy and health risk.
In the fight against crime, the Mixed Parliamentary Front to Combat Smuggling and Counterfeiting and the National Movement in Defense of the Brazilian Legal Market, led by the Brazilian Institute of Competition Ethics and the National Forum Against Piracy and Illegality, will launch in Brasilia , the campaign “The Brazil we want”.
The movement and the parliamentary front will bring to Congress the mini-exhibition “City of Contraband”, which simulates all possible improvements if smuggling and trade in illegal products were extinguished and the money invested in building the Brazil we want.
To present all the details, the With the Word interviewed the coordinator of the parliamentary front and author of a project that provides for measures to prevent and suppress smuggling, deputy Ephraim Son, from Democrats of Paraíba.
According to the parliamentarian, in addition to the concern with the crime itself, the movement intends to change the culture and make the population aware that smuggling and piracy remove resources from essential areas, such as health, education and security; and generate resources for organized crime. For deputy Efraim Filho, one of the solutions to end the crime of smuggling would be the rationalization and reduction of bureaucracy in the tax system.
In the interview, Efraim Filho also commented on the operation of the Federal Police that, on Wednesday, carried out arrest warrants against five advisers of the Rio de Janeiro Court of Auditors. According to the deputy, this operation reinforces the role of institutions and ends the stigma that Justice does not work for everyone.
Presentation - Elisabel Ferriche and Lincoln Macário
The simulation of a city, made only with contraband products, wants to draw the attention of Deputies and Senators, to what Brazil has to gain if it combats contraband. They are bridges, houses, buildings and hospitals, which could be built with more than R $ 130 billion of losses that smuggling causes to the country.
The Mixed Parliamentary Front to Combat Smuggling and Counterfeiting and the National Movement in Defense of the Brazilian Legal Market launched today (29) the campaign “The Brazil we want”, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice. The goal is to curb the practice of smuggling in Brazil.
According to the entities, in 2016, the illegal market generated losses of R $ 130 billion for the country, losses of productive sectors, such as tobacco and clothing and tax evasion. The campaign takes place in conjunction with more than 70 business entities and civil society organizations affected by illegal smuggling practices.
The increase in these practices results from a combination of factors: increased taxes, economic crisis and fragile borders. For this reason, "attacking contraband is an extremely effective measure for economic recovery and it works hard to end trafficking and crime in cities".
For the president of the Parliamentary Front to Combat Smuggling and Counterfeiting, federal deputy Efraim Filho (DEM / PB), fighting smuggling does not just mean curbing street vendors. "The fight against smuggling starts at the borders, with intelligence work, and advancing on an important tripod: human, financial and technological resources", he said. According to him, the costs of more than R $ 1 million per day in border operations are, in fact, investments, since the collection grows ten times more after that.
In addition, according to Efraim, it is necessary to combat the population's condescending culture with smuggling. “People consider it a less offensive potential crime because the view we have is of the CD and DVD seller, or of handbags and clothing brands. But when we break this superficial layer, we see something that is extremely aggressive and harmful to society, that deteriorates formal work, finances drug trafficking and creates a risk to the integrity and health of the consumer ”, said the deputy, referring, for example , to counterfeit and smuggled drugs, drinks and toys.
The Minister of Justice, Osmar Serraglio, signed a protocol of intentions with the main measures and actions for inspection and repression against smuggling.
Among the priority objectives of the term are to identify financial resources for investment in human and technological resources; provide technical and operational support to the execution of the National Border Plan, with special attention to economic and social actions and the inspection of the border between Brazil and Paraguay; foster international and legislative debate; and sensitize society about the impacts of illegality with the aim of generating changes in the consumption of illegal products.
For the coordinator of the National Movement in Defense of the Brazilian Legal Market, Edson Vismona, the signed protocol points out the paths and where are the resources for investment in technology and human resources.
“We want there to be practical actions, diagnoses we all already have. We suggest the creation of border offices uniting the agencies so that they identify in the thousands of inquiries who are the suppliers, we have to qualify the information so that we can go to the root of who is operating this illegal trade ”, he said.
According to the director of the Brazilian Association to Combat Counterfeiting, Rodolpho Ramazzini, the sector that loses the most from smuggling and counterfeiting is that of cigarettes, with losses of R $ 5 billion, followed by auto parts, with R $ 3 billion, in addition to other segments. “Brazil has 16 thousand kilometers of border with the bordering countries, in which we only have 24 checkpoints. In all of our ports, we do not have 3 agents to carry out container clearance. Anything enters Brazil. The few inspectors who work well, learn a lot, but it is very close to what should be done to have more fair competition in the market ”.
He pointed out that the economic crisis and the high taxes were the factors that contributed to the growth in consumption of this material, but stressed that the consumer loses twice when buying products from this source. “In the case of cigarettes, drinks, auto parts, fuel, medicine, hygiene and cleaning products, hospital surgical products, in addition to the financial loss for the government and industry, these products will always cause damage to health or for consumer safety because they are made with poor quality raw materials and without sanitary control. ”
Mobilizations throughout the day
Today, a task force is being carried out to destroy contraband products seized by the Federal Revenue Service, in São Paulo and Foz do Iguaçu. More than 12 tons of cigarettes are expected to be destroyed during the day.
As part of the campaign's activities, the entities also present until March 31, at the National Congress, the mini-exhibition “Cidade do Contrabando”, which simulates the possible improvements if the smuggling and the trade of illegal products were extinguished.
According to the entity, with R $ 130 billion, it would be possible to build more than a thousand hospitals, or 65 thousand daycare centers or 1,36 million popular homes, or even 25 thousand public schools.
* Collaborated with Flavia Albuquerque, from São Paulo
Brazil lost R $ 130 billion to contraband last year. Cigarette tops the list of products that most enter the country illegally, but also parts for cars, electronics, medicine and a lot of counterfeit fuel also arrive.
This increase in the range of counterfeit and smuggled products shows the fragility of our ports, airports and borders. They are easy ways for a crime that has consequences for the economy and also for the health and safety of those who consume it.
Minister of Justice Osmar Serraglio signed a cooperation protocol with the National Movement in Defense of the Brazilian Legal Market. Led by the Brazilian Institute for Competition Ethics, it brings together the Mixed Parliamentary Front to Combat Smuggling and Counterfeiting, the National Forum Against Piracy and Illegality and 70 other entities. The government has promised to intensify border control and protect legal production.
As part of the launch of the campaign THE BRAZIL THAT WE WANT, which defends a positive agenda in the fight against smuggling, the newspaper Folha de São Paulo circulated on 29/03, with a “fake” cover, which brought a series of news fictitious, which would be possible if the smuggling were fought.
In the same newspaper, a manifesto was also published, calling on businessmen, government and politicians to join forces in the fight against smuggling, which causes losses in the order of R $ 130 billion to the country.
The campaign initiative was led by the Joint Parliamentary Front to Combat Contraband and Counterfeiting and the Movement in Defense of the Brazilian Legal Market coordinated by ETCO and FNCP.
See here the image of the campaign in Folha de São Paulo
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