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EU Seminar on Customs and Security

A seminar provided a platform for analysis and discussions of new challenges in customs safety and security among EU stakeholders. Attendees at the event organised by the Spanish Customs and Excise Department of the Tax Agency were also able to exchange experiences.

Project dates 01/11/2009 - 31/10/2010
TopicCustoms Cooperation
Total budget€52 534
EU contribution70%
Project CoordinatorCustoms and Excise Department of the Tax Agency (Spain)
Project partnersHMRC and Border Agency (United Kingdom)

Project Description

In May 2010, during the Spanish presidency of the EU Council, the Spanish Customs and Excise Department of the Tax Agency organised in Valencia, Spain an EU seminar on customs and security. Experts from the customs administrations of 21 EU countries and from the USA participated in the seminar, alongside representatives from the European Commission’s Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General, EUROPOL and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Due to the privileged position of customs administrations in monitoring international trade, the main objective of the seminar was the exchange of experience between customs administrations. Three topics were discussed: the detection by customs administrations of nuclear and radiological materials, and their response where such materials were detected; the use of non-intrusive control equipment by customs administrations; and threat assessments and risk analysis within the security framework.

Benefits and results

The seminar provided an opportunity for customs experts and experts from key organisations to analyse the situation at an EU level, and share experiences on how customs administrations deal with the threat of smuggling nuclear and radioactive materials. Customs experts also exchanged experiences on gathering intelligence in this field, and exchanged views on customs security controls and the use of scanners and portals.

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