Commission proposes a common approach to violations of EU customs law
The European Commission proposed a framework to harmonise customs infringements and align the 28 national sets of related sanctions.
The proposed Directive sets out acts that must be considered infringements of the Union's customs rules, as well as a framework for imposing sanctions when these occur. The customs union is the foundation of the EU. Since the beginning of the Internal Market, EU customs legislation has been fully harmonised in a single legal act. However, the consequences of violating the common rules vary across the customs union. They depend on the 28 different legal orders and administrative or judicial traditions of the Member States. In the absence of a common approach, there is a patchwork of responses to rule-breakers.