French trade minister Francois Loos will visit the Netherlands June 29 to discuss with Rotterdam port authorities measures to curb physical piracy and the introduction of counterfeit goods into the Eu

PARIS -- French trade minister Francois Loos will visit the Netherlands June 29 to discuss with Rotterdam port authorities measures to curb physical piracy and the introduction of counterfeit goods into the European Union.

Rotterdam is Europe's biggest port, and it is believed to be one of the region's main points of entry for illegal goods.

Loos will be joined during his trip by representatives of France's Agency Against Audiovisual Piracy and music industry organization SNEP.

Loos' visit is part of a global plan by the French government to address piracy affecting the music and audiovisual industries. Loos told representatives of various French intellectual-property (IP) trade bodies during a June 15 meeting in Paris that he expects an increase in international cooperation in the fight against piracy.

During a recent trip to the United States, Loos met with executives from the Motion Picture Assn. of America, and both parties have decided to work closely in exchanging "good practices" in the fight against piracy.

High on Loos' priority list are China and Russia. At the June 15 meeting, he said France fully backs the United States in its request that Chinese authorities tackle counterfeit and piracy issues. He said he will discuss the same issues with the Russian government during a July 8 trip to Moscow.

The issues will also be addressed during an international conference on IP and cultural diversity organized by the French government and set for July 2 in Paris. The confab will be attended by representatives of the European Union members states and the World Trade organization.