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Union Anti-Fraud Programme - AFIS component

Union Anti-Fraud Programme - AFIS component

What are the Programme’s main activities?

The financial support provided by the Anti-Fraud Information System (AFIS) contributes to the correct application of the law on customs and agricultural matters through the provision of tools for information exchange and support for operational activities in the field of mutual administrative assistance in customs and agricultural matters.

AFIS is an umbrella term for a set of anti-fraud IT applications operated by OLAF under a common technical infrastructure whose aim is the timely and secure exchange of fraud-related information between the competent national and EU administrations, as well as the storage and analysis of relevant data. The AFIS Portal has more than 8 500 registered end-users in nearly 1 400 competent services from Member States, partner third countries, international organisations, the Commission and other EU institutions. AFIS applications include the Virtual Operations Coordination Unit (VOCU), a secure webmail (AFIS Mail), the Customs Information System (CIS), the Customs Files Identification Database (FIDE), the Container Status Messages (CSM) directory, the Import, Export and Transit (IET) directory, the Automated Monitoring Tool (AMT), and (the Tobacco Seizures Management Application (TOSMA).

The main legal basis for the operation of the AFIS platform is Regulation 515/97 on mutual administrative assistance in customs matters. The AFIS component of the Union Anti-Fraud Programme (UAFP) will also cover the expenditure under Council Decision 2009/917/JHA, given that such expenditure is to be borne by the general budget of the Union.

What's new in this programme?

The types of costs that the UAFP may fund mainly correspond to the costs incurred for the actions covered previously by Article 42a of Regulation 515/97. Some adjustments have been introduced in the UAFP to allow the reimbursement of expenses by representatives of third countries participating in operational activities and to allow the reimbursement of participation in evaluation meetings following operational activities.

What does the annual work programme involve?

The first annual work programme, adopted in July 2021 (C/2021/5338), has a budget of EUR 24 053 000, of which EUR 7 964 000 are allocated to provide tools for information exchange and support for operational activities in the area of mutual administrative assistance in customs and agricultural matters.

OLAF will directly implement the budget, except for technical assistance, coordination and provision of IT services for DG TAXUD which will be implemented through a co-delegation with DG TAXUD.

What type of actions are eligible?

For 2021, the main actions envisaged in the area of mutual administrative assistance in customs and agricultural matters are the following:

  • IT studies, development and maintenance - The Commission will procure IT studies as well as development and maintenance services for the AFIS platform and for the applications to lend mutual assistance in customs matters.
  • Products services - The Commission will procure production (ICT infrastructure and application management and operations as well as user support) services for the AFIS platform applications to provide mutual assistance in customs matters.
  • Technical assistance, training, coordination and quality control services - The Commission will procure technical assistance, training, coordination and quality control services for developing and operating the AFIS platform, providing mutual assistance in customs matters, including joint customs operations. The Commission will also reimburse transport, accommodation and daily allowance costs to cover the participation of experts from national administrations in meetings, conferences, workshops, training courses or other events related to the areas specified above.
  • Technical assistance, coordination and provision of IT services for DG TAXUD - Based on Article 18d of Regulation 515/97, import, export and transit data in the ‘Import Export and Transit’ (IET) directory has to be replicated systematically from information systems operated by DG TAXUD. DG TAXUD will provide technical assistance, coordination and IT services to replicate its data in the IET directory.
  • Use and maintenance of the Common Communication Network (CCN) - OLAF will cover the costs arising out of the use by AFIS of the Common Communication Network (CCN) operated by DG TAXUD and contribute to the maintenance of the CCN.
  • Acquisition, maintenance and updating of various types of software, hardware and related IT services - The Commission will ensure procurement for the acquisition, maintenance and updating of various types of software, hardware and related IT services for the AFIS programme, such as: tools for development, testing, support, security, database systems; servers and storage equipment, telecommunications equipment and lines, testing equipment, security equipment; and other relevant software, hardware and related IT services.