Taxation and Customs Union

The Customs 2020 Programme

Customs 2013


What is Customs 2020?

Customs 2020 is an EU cooperation programme providing national customs administrations with the possibility to create and exchange information and expertise. It allows developing and operating major trans-European IT systems in partnership and establishing various human networks by bringing together national officials from across Europe. The programme has a budget of € 547.3 million and will run for 7 years from January 1 2014.

Read more on the essentials of the Customs 2020 programme.



Why Customs 2020?

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. The programme supports customs administrations in the Member States to be fully equipped to meet future challenges in these fields.


Participating in Customs 2020

All actions are open to officials working in customs administrations in the:

  • EU Member States
  • Candidate and potential Candidate Countries that joined the programme.

Candidate and potential candidate countries participating in Customs 2020

Start year of participation



Bosnia and Herzegovina


The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia









Reference documents

Legal documents for the programme and its predecessors, as well asimplementation documents are available from the dedicated page


Whom to contact?

Officials interested in organising or participating in programme activities should get in touch with their national programme coordinator who can advise you on the eligibility of your idea for funding, and can inform you about any forthcoming initiatives being organised in other Member States. You can also contact the European Commission: