IP/14/1001  12-09-2014 - Operation SNAKE: EU and Chinese customs join forces to target undervaluation of goods at customs 
European Commission - European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 September 2014 EU and national authorities prevented losses of over €80 million in customs duties, during a major joint customs operation (JCO) coordinated by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).
IP/14/936  21-08-2014 - Customs: Commission adopts strategy and action plan for better customs risk management 
European Commission - European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 August 2014 A new strategy to improve customs risk management, together with a detailed action plan, was adopted by the Commission today. Robust customs risk management is essential to protect the safety and security of the EU and its citizens, the interests of legitimate...
IP/14/890  31-07-2014 - Protecting Intellectual Property Rights: Customs authorities detain nearly 36 million fake goods at EU borders in 2013 
European Commission - European Commission Press release Brussels, 31 July 2014 Customs authorities in the EU detained almost 36 million items suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) in 2013, according to the Commission's annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR.
MEMO/14/501  31-07-2014 - Customs action to tackle goods infringing Intellectual Property Rights – Frequently Asked Questions 
European Commission - European Commission MEMO Brussels, 31 July 2014 See also IP/14/890 1. General information about Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) Why is it important to protect IPRs? As the EU’s 2020 Strategy underlines, the protection of IPRs is key to the EU economy.
IP/14/835  17-07-2014 - Fighting fraud: Major progress in anti-fraud policy but Member States must do more to combat fraud 
European Commission - European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 July 2014 Member States must step up their work to prevent, detect and report fraud affecting EU funds, according to the Commission's annual report on the protection of financial interests (PIF report).
MEMO/14/487  17-07-2014 - Questions and Answers: The protection of EU financial interests and the fight against fraud 
European Commission - European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 July 2014 See IP/14/835 What is the purpose of the Annual Report on the Protection of the EU's Financial Interests? Member States have to adopt all necessary measures to protect the EU budget, and to counter fraud and any other illegal activities affecting the financial...
IP/14/822  11-07-2014 - Commission opens investigation into statistical reporting in Valencia 
European Commission - European Press release Brussels, 11 July 2014 Commission The European Commission has decided to launch a formal investigation into the possible manipulation of statistics in the region of Valencia (Comunidad Valenciana), Spain. The Commission is not calling into the question the accuracy of statistics in Spain.
MEMO/14/477  11-07-2014 - Questions and Answers: Commission investigation into statistical reporting 
European Commission - European Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 July 2014 See IP/14/822 What powers does the Commission have to investigate irregularities in Member States' statistics? Since 2011, the Commission (Eurostat) has new powers to look deeper into the quality of Member States' statistics for EDP purposes.
IP/14/810  10-07-2014 - Taxation: Commission refers UK to Court of Justice for failure to comply with EU rules on marked fuel 
European Commission - European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 July 2014 The European Commission has decided to refer the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice of the European Union for not properly applying the rules on fiscal marking on fuel.
IP/14/809  10-07-2014 - Taxation: Commission refers Portugal to Court of Justice over excise duty rules for cigarettes 
European Commission - European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 July 2014 The European Commission has decided to refer Portugal to the Court of Justice for failing to change its excise duty rules related to the marketing of cigarettes. In Portugal, a time limit for the sale of cigarettes is set down, linked to...