EU and Moldova endorse customs cooperation
Algirdas Šemeta, EU Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Anti-fraud and Audit, has today endorsed a strategic framework for better customs cooperation with Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat. This initiative towards a common approach on customs cooperation will benefit EU-Moldova trade relations and improve the protection of citizens against fraud.
The strategic framework builds on three shared priorities for the period covering 2011 to 2014. First, customs are an important link in the supply chain between Moldova and EU. The focus lies therefore on improving cooperation and risk management at borders and speeding up customs procedures to secure and facilitate trade. Second, illegal trade on EU's Eastern border is a major challenge. The aim is therefore to effectively detect and decrease illegal trade on the Moldovan border. Better risk assessment, more exchange of information and a dialogue on the fight against fraud are crucial to optimise customs controls in this respect. Third, stepping up investment in customs modernisation is key to strengthen the customs capacity on the Moldovan border. This could for instance include the development of border infrastructure on both sides of the border.
The endorsement of the Strategic Framework for EU-Moldova customs cooperation will serve as a basis for a more structured approach in customs relations and will help to address effectively growing challenges and opportunities on both sides.