Summary of EU Card Fraud Forum The primary objective of the EU Fraud Forum was to raise the awareness of payment card fraud within Senior Law Enforcement Officers, Prosecutors and Magistrates across the EU and the accession countries. A secondary objective was to generate an atmosphere where information and experience could be exchanged. Lastly the Forum should allow for the attendees to meet each other and thereby improve contacts between the organisations across the EU. To achieve the objectives a two-day event was organised in Brussels. An agenda covering all areas of payment card fraud was organised, the speakers coming from the payment card industry, Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and the EU Commission. The attendees totalled 125 and were from all current 15 Member States as well as from all 10 accession countries, they also represented all aspects of the target audience as they came from Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Magistrates. The key messages of the meeting were: 1. Co-operation • An enhanced co-operation between Law Enforcement, Judiciary and the Payment Card Industry is essential to achieve a cost-effective prevention of payment fraud. 2. Training • Successful results in the combating of payment card fraud can be achieved only if law enforcement, public prosecutors and magistrates have sufficient and up-to-date knowledge about such a fast developing crime as payment card fraud. • All police officers should have a basic knowledge about fraudulent techniques using payment cards. Basic training on payment fraud could be offered at the Police Academies, where the industry could periodically train the trainers. 3. Legislation • A harmonised EU legal framework to combat fraud already exists. It now needs to be implemented and enforced effectively. • Clarification of existing legislation such as data protection may be needed to further strengthen fraud prevention • Another question to be addressed is the question of "proofing" new legislation to ensure that new EU rules do not increase the number of opportunities to commit fraud. The introduction of such a mechanism at the EU level could be envisaged and might be of great importance for fraud prevention. Overall the forum was very successful and all attendees agreed that this type of event should be held again on a regular basis in the future and found it very beneficial to meet new contacts within the EU.
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