Commission adopts the 2nd progress report and staff working document on the EU Strategy and Action Plan for Customs Risk Management.
The report, in response to the Council Conclusions of December 2016, provides an overall qualitative assessment of the implementation of the EU strategy and action plan.
It shows the significant progress made by all Member States and the Commission, especially in strengthening collaboration between all parties involved in Customs Risk Management as well as in launching new initiatives.
According to the report, almost all actions identified in the 2014 Commission Strategy and Action Plan for better Customs Risk Management have now been launched.
However, the report also stresses that EU Customs must continuously adapt to face new threats and challenges, such as terrorism, to contribute to the security of EU citizens.
At the same time, the report also highlights the importance of more efficient Customs Risk Management to facilitate increased international trade flows and to safeguard the EU’s financial interests.
In this respect, the full implementation of Customs IT systems, foreseen for 2025, will be a major achievement.