Action programme: Customs 2007 (2003-2007)
The European Union (EU) has established a series of action programmes to improve customs coordination. The first programme, Customs 2000 (1996-2000), has been succeeded by the Customs 2002 (2001-2002) and Customs 2007 programmes (2003-2007). The aim is to bring joint operations under a single legal act with a view to promoting ever closer cooperation between national customs administrations and setting up trans-European information exchange systems
The Customs 2007 programme (2003-2007) is intended to support and complement operations undertaken by the Member States to safeguard the functioning of the internal market in the customs field. It is designed to facilitate trade and combat fraud. The financial and security concerns of the Community and of its citizens are thereby conserved. Morever, customs has an important role to play to ensure the competitiveness of the European trade environment.
The cost of the programme amounts to EUR 133 million for the period 2003-2007. The budget will be revised on enlargement of the European Union to cover the needs of the new Member States.
The main objective of the programme is to ensure that the Customs administrations of the Member States coordinate their action so that operations in the customs field meet the needs of the EU’s internal market.
The priorities for Customs 2007 are centred round:
- reducing costs linked to compliance with customs legislation borne by economic operators;
- implementing a system to measure performance and best working practices (including cooperation between laboratories carrying out analyses for customs);
- improving the standardisation and simplification of procedures;
- creating an electronic customs environment with paperless customs procedures;
- developing common training measures.
Customs 2007 takes account of the customs union strategy. It constitutes the legal and financial basis for measures concerning:
- electronic systems enabling national administrations to exchange information;
- joint initiatives such as project groups, benchmarking exercises, seminars and training courses for customs officials and experts;
- exchanges of officials between national administrations;
- the creation of an electronic system enabling businesses to move on to a paperless customs environment;
- assistance to candidate countries with preparing their systems for managing free trade and carrying out customs checks at the new external borders.
The Customs 2007 programme is an extension of the two preceding action programmes in the customs field: Customs 2000 (1996-2000) and Customs 2002 (2001-2002). A financial framework of EUR 135 million was set for the period 1996-2002, and EUR 12.5 million for external operations.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|4.3.2003||-||OJ L 36 of 12.2.2003|
|Amending act(s)||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|20.5.2004||-||OJ L 138 of 30.4.2004|