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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

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

  Marian Harkin (ALDE), in writing. ‒ I was very happy to support this report on the Union legal framework for customs infringements and sanctions. The proposal aims to establish a framework for breaches of the Union’s customs legislation and provide for penalties applicable where there are infringements. Despite the fact that customs legislation is fully harmonised, its enforcement and the lawful imposition of sanctions lie within the ambit of Member States' national law. Within the EU, the different enforcement of customs legislation makes the effective management of the Customs Union harder. For economic operators, the differences in the treatment of infringements of Union customs legislation have an impact on the level playing field, thus providing an advantage for those who breach the law in a Member State with lenient legislation for customs sanctions. Unfortunately, Member States have not been very receptive to the Commission proposal. Thankfully, the rapporteur has tried to find a broad compromise on these issues and I was happy that her proposal provides for the imposition of non-criminal sanctions for the customs infringements set out in the draft law, which clarifies the interlink between this proposal and the PIF Directive. In addition, Member States would be entitled to impose criminal sanctions, in accordance with national laws and EU law.

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