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EMCS Computerisation Project

The task of bringing EMCS to life is a matter for the EMCS Computerisation Project (ECP).

ECP will specify, develop, deploy, and support the operation of EMCS across all the Member States. EMCS is introduced in "1+3" phases from 2002 to 2012.

Phase 0 (2002 - ongoing) encompasses the operational support, maintenance and improvement of existing systems used in the excise field, pending the operational phase of EMCS; Phase 0 ensures that these systems are aligned with the overall objective of EMCS.

Phase 1 (2002 - ongoing), prepares and encompasses the launching of ECP, and the production of the EMCS System Specifications (ESS).

Amongst the various specifications produced during Phase 1, the most important ones are:

Phases 2 (2006-2010) and 3 (2007-2012) are development and implementation phases, covering the detailed design of the national excise applications, the development of the central and national applications, as well as their phased implementation.

  • Phase 2 will focus on the essential functionality necessary to ensure the successful introduction of EMCS.
  • Phase 3 will mainly extend the range of possibilities offered to administrations and add remaining core business functionality (e.g. splitting of a movement).

 The functionality covered by EMCS

The Functional Excise System Specification (FESS) analyses and documents all business functions and processes that will be part of the Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS).

It is the reference document for anyone wishing to know the exact scope of EMCS.

The main families of functions described in the FESS are:

  • The core functionality of EMCS, made up of all functions that encompass the movements of Excise goods under duty suspension. Examples of such functions are the submission, cancellation or update of an e-AD, the submission of a report of receipt, the splitting of a consignment, and the import and export of goods.
  • Follow-up and administrative co-operation, used by Member States for monitoring excise movements under duty suspension and for exchanging relevant information.
  • Management of the register of economic operators (SEED) and of other reference data.

The FESSzip(4.31 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  (latest version: 3.61) is available for download.

Read more in the FESS information paperpdf(660 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

The Fallback and Recovery Specification (FRS) identifies exceptions, i.e. conditions that may make it impossible to use EMCS in its customary way, and to determine how the business must react to these conditions.

From the analysis of individual exceptions, the document identifies the business responses that must be given to these exceptions. In particular, manual fallback solutions are suggested in case of EMCS, unavailability and related paper based procedures are described.

The FRSzip(1.86 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  (latest version 3.11) is available for download.

The Phasing and Scope Specification (PSS) outlines the strategy for deployment of the EMCS functionality (see above) among Member States' Administrations and Economic Operators.

The PSS document describes in detail:

  • The EMCS implementation strategy defined for Member States and Economic Operators.
  • The deployment milestones and related activities.
  • The operation guidelines for handling implementation issues related to EMCS.
  • The EMCS functionality to be made available at each milestone.

The PSSzip(450 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (latest version: 2.12) is available for download

Read the PSS information paperpdf(2.45 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  . It is advisable to first read the FESS information paper (see above).

Technical Specifications for the development of EMCS applications are published on the EMCS for developers page.