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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Union legal framework for customs infringements and sanctions (A8-0239/2016 - Kaja Kallas)

  Ivo Vajgl (ALDE), in writing. ‒ I voted in favour of the report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Union legal framework for customs infringements and sanctions. The European Commission published a proposal for a Directive on the Union legal framework for customs infringements and sanctions on 13 December 2013. Although the Customs Union is considered as one of the foundations of the European Union, and the backbone of the single market, there is still no integrated approach for the enforcement of Customs legislation. This means that the rules are the same but when those rules are infringed, the sanctions applied significantly differ, which creates a lack of mutual trust between administrations and undermines a level playing field for economic operators in the European Union. Should the differences remain, it will eventually mean that a company might lose the AEO status in one country whereas for the same infringement, another company operating in another Member State would not lose it. I voted in favour because I believe that Member States should ensure that persons dealing with customs and trade are actively informed on how to comply and how to maintain compliance with customs legislation.

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