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Commission's long-term plan for better customs operation

10 January 2017

Under the lead of the Commissioner for Economic and Financial affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici, the European Commission has adopted a long-term plan to modernise the management of the European Customs Union.

The Customs Union is managed by the Unions Customs Code (UCC) which has been modernised in the past years and has been in force since May 2016.

The Commissioner underlined that the role of Customs authorities goes beyond the visible task, but is also an essential tool to protect the public against terrorist, health and environmental threats while at the same time fostering and developing competitive businesses. 

The long-term plan aims to connect the independent customs administrations in the Member States to work closer together as one single entity. More cooperation between customs authorities is needed with other border management authorities. One of the main ideas is that customs operations should have access to EU-wide IT systems, which will ensure best possible cooperation. Another focus will be on better support to human and financial resource management and the provision of specialised customs equipment.

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