Taxation and Customs Union

Welcome and mission statement

Paolo Gentiloni

Paolo Gentiloni - Commissioner


Thomas Gerassimos

Gerassimos Thomas - Director General

Under the authority of Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, the Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General takes an active part in the achievement of the strategic aims of the European Union.

Manage, defend and develop the customs union as a vital part of protecting the external borders of the EU

Tackle the tax obstacles that currently prevent individuals and companies from operating freely across borders and from exploiting the full benefit of the Internal Market and encourage changes to tax systems so that they support Community objectives such as competitiveness and sustainable development 

Respond effectively to the international challenges associated with customs and tax policies

Facilitate better co-operation between Member States to combat tax and customs fraud

It engages regularly in open dialogue with stakeholders and interested parties in order to ensure that rules and proposals keep pace with the reality of rapid change

For a complete picture of our objectives, guiding principles and tasks read our mission statement. An overview of our Directorate General's management structure is available here.

As part of the Commission's commitment to transparency, Directors-General publish information on meetings held with organisations or self-employed individuals.

Mission statement - Directorate-General for Taxation and the Customs Union

The mission statement is the Directorate General's "identity card", defining and stating the role and purpose of the organisation. It presents the service and sets out its core activities in accordance with the Treaty and the strategic objectives defined by the Commission.