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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

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

  Pavel Telička (ALDE), in writing. ‒ The proposal for the Union legal framework for customs infringements and sanctions aims to establish a framework for breaches of the Union’s customs legislation and provide for penalties applicable where there are infringements. Although customs legislation is fully harmonised, its enforcement and the lawful imposition of sanctions lie within the competence of Member States' national law, rendering the effective management of the Customs Union much more difficult to harmonise. 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 more lenient legislation for customs sanctions. I voted in favour of the proposal because I believe that in a true single market, we cannot let companies face different treatments depending on the country where they will be sanctioned. In the single EU market, the law should be the same for everyone.

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