28 Jul 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 28 JULYBrussels Daily
Commission modernises EU customs procedures
The European Commission has adopted a legal act for a simpler, more modern and integrated EU customs system. It builds on the existing provisions of the Union Customs Code adopted in 2013, by providing detailed rules for twenty-first century customs processes. Customs services play a central role in policing the EU’s external borders and in facilitating trade. The customs union is the operational arm of much of the EU’s commercial policy measures. In addition, a growing range of government agencies call on customs to enforce their policies at the border. EU customs handle 16% of world trade, or over two billion tonnes of goods a year with a value of €3,400 billion. Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, said: “A modern and cost-effective customs system facilitates international trade and is conducive to growth. It also plays a vital role in defending the safety and security of European citizens and in protecting Member States’ interests.” Today’s decision takes the form of a delegated act, which gives the Commission power to adopt the technical, non-essential elements of an existing legislation, in this case of the Union Customs Code. The delegated act will now be considered by the European Parliament and the Council. A press release is available in here.. You may also watch a short clip ‘One minute in the life of the EU Customs Union’.
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