At the ECOFIN Council in Brussels today, Member States voted in favour of a recommendation to the European Parliament to grant the discharge on 2008 budget to the Commission.
During this ECOFIN Council, Commissioner Šemeta presented also his work programme to Member States.
Taxation and Customs Union
Today the European Commission published its report on secure trade. This outlines the results of studies it carried out on 100% scanning at customs and presents EU ideas for an alternative approach.
Commissioner Semeta said "The promotion of world-wide security standards, information exchange and mutual recognition of reliable traders are at the core of international cooperation. The European Union and the United States can show leadership in taking forward a transatlantic agenda on these issues."