Brussels, 11 December 2007
Customs: Commission welcomes adoption by the Parliament and the European Council of Ministers of a pan-European electronic customs
The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament and the European Council of Ministers of a Decision on the implementation of pan-European electronic customs paving the way for a paper free environment for customs (IP/05/1501 and IP/07/627). Member States and the Commission favour a step-by-step approach implementing additional electronic systems in several phases.
László Kovács, Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs said: "The commitment made by the Commission and the Member States paves the way to a paper free environment for customs which will allow faster and better exchange of information between European customs authorities and traders. Pan-European electronic customs will increase the competitiveness of companies doing business in Europe, reduce compliance costs and improve security at the EU borders."
Within a pan-European electronic customs, the Commission, customs administrations and other border agencies in the EU will exchange electronic information in order to:
While all Member States have electronic customs systems, they are, in general, not inter-connected. The Decision promoting the European electronic customs initiative contains actions and deadlines for making Member States' electronic customs systems compatible with each other and creating a common electronic portal. This will allow compulsory use of electronic declarations, with paper-based declarations becoming the exception.
By 2011, economic operators will be enable to lodge electronically all the
information required by customs legislation for EU cross-border movements of