Twenty percent of illegal products in the European Union are confiscated in Greece, according to figures for 2009, when the volume of imports in Greece accounted for 1.7 pct of total imports in the EU, a survey by the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBEA) revealed on Thursday.

Presenting the survey, EBEA president Costas Mihalos said the chamber has repeatedly warned over the negative effects of a rising illegal commerce in the country and has recommended specific measures and actions to combat this rising phenomenon.

According to the survey, the number of illegal products confiscated in the EU more than quadrupled in the 1999-2009 period, from 25 million products to almost 118 million euros, with the number of confiscated products peaking in 2008 (179 million).