Commissioner Šemeta observes Customs work first-hand at Rotterdam port
Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Anti-Fraud and Audit, is in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) today to meet the Customs authorities of the largest seaport in the EU.
Rotterdam is also the 5th largest port internationally, making it one of the most important trade junctions in the world.
Commissioner Šemeta will visit the port together with Mr. Frans Weekers, Dutch State Secretary of Finance, to see how customs and trade rules are applied in practice. This will also be an opportunity to examine how the state-of-the-art technology and control procedures of Dutch customs could be applied in other EU Member States.
The Commissioner will also discuss the Modernised Customs Code (see MEMO/08/101), that will become fully applicable by June 2013. Commissioner Šemeta will also take the opportunity to raise taxation issues with his counterparts in the Netherlands, in particular the Common Corporate Consolidated Tax Base, the Value-Added Tax (VAT) Strategy and the good governance package. In addition, he will discuss anti-fraud issues, including the negotiations on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), and the reform of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).