40 years of Customs Union: customs' crucial role in protecting citizens at the centre of a Europe-wide communication campaign this summer

The EU Customs Union's 40th anniversary was on display along holiday routes for much of the summer. On motorways bookmarks were handed out and billboards carried anniversary adverts. Customs' role in combating dangerous imports was featured in the magazines of major airlines. In addition, national customs services distributed posters, 820,000 leaflets and nearly 730,000 postcards in 22 languages in various places. See the pictures on our web page.

Special event staged by the French EU Presidency and European declaration for the 40th anniversary of the Customs Union

A special event on 4 July 2008 in Paris to mark 40 years of the EU Customs Union brought together EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union László Kovács, French Budget Minister Eric Woerth, the 27 Directors General of national customs and other personalities. A 'Paris Declaration' on the future of European customs was adopted there. For further information see the press notice (12th item) and our web page.

Commissioner Kovács and European Parliament celebrate 40 years of Customs Union

EU Taxation and Customs Commissioner László Kovács was in Strasbourg on 17 June to participate in the European Parliament's session on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Customs Union. Over the past four decades, customs have played a crucial role in the development of the European Community. For more information, see the press release (IP/08/949).

Commissioner Kovács welcomes the European Parliament's resolution on the 40th anniversary of the Customs Union

EU Taxation and Customs Union Commissioner László Kovács on 19 June welcomed the European Parliament's resolution, which recognises the important role of customs and reiterates Parliament's support for the European Customs Strategy beyond 2013. For more information see the press notice and the text of the resolution on Parliament's website.