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Customs infringements and sanctions

22-01-2016 - 10:41
Customs infringements and sanctions

Despite the fact that customs legislation is fully harmonised, its enforcement and the lawful imposition of sanctions lie within the ambit of MSs' national law. On 13.12.2013, the EC published a proposal for a Directive on a Union legal framework on customs infringements and sanctions with the objective of an effective implementation of customs law and its enforcement in the EU’s customs union. It addresses infringements linked to the obligations stemming from the Union Customs Code (UCC).

Rapporteur:K.Kallas (ALDE)

Shadows:R. Metsola (EPP), V. Rozière(S&D), D.Dalton (ECR), J. Reda (Greens/ALE),and J. Mastalka (GUE/NGL)

Opinion: INTA (Draftsperson: F. Proust (EPP))

Nextsteps

On 22January 2015, IMCO organised a hearing bringing together MEPs, lawyers andexperts in the field of customs The EP commissioned an independent study "Analysisand effects of the different Member States' customs sanctioning system"to London Economics and PwC, which is to be published by January 2016.. A preliminary draft study was presentedin IMCO meeting on 13 October 2015. The rapporteur on the file, Ms Kallas(ALDE), discussed the file with her Shadows at the IMCO meeting of 14January 2016. Consideration of the draft Report is expected for the IMCOmeeting of 22 February.