EU Customs makes a substantial contribution in helping to raise revenue for the EU and Member States' budgets every year and delivers considerable benefits to EU citizens and business, whether it is through blocking unsafe or illegal imports or facilitating trade. In order to build on this work and allow customs administrations in the Member States to be fully equipped to meet future challenges in these fields, the European Commission on 29 August 2012 adopted a proposal for the Customs 2020 programme.
What and how?
With a budget of € 547.3 million, the programme will run for 7 years from January 1 2014.
- Customs 2020 will support cooperation between customs authorities in the EU to help maximise their efficiency and avoid mismatches in their work, which could hinder the functioning of the Customs Union.
- It will facilitate networking, joint actions and training amongst customs personnel, while also funding IT systems to enable the development of a fully fledged electronic customs in Europe.