The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached on 15 December by the European Parliament and EU Member States on the new Customs Programme for 2021-2027. The new €950 million Programme will help further modernise the Customs Union, equipping it with the tools needed to conduct appropriate controls, keep up with increasing trade volumes and tackle new and emerging forms of fraud. It will contribute to the implementation of the Customs Action Plan adopted in September this year.
The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the importance of having agile but robust customs processes, and supporting national customs authorities in cooperating and exchanging information. With the help of the new Customs Programme, national authorities will be able to better exchange information and data and devise more efficient risk management strategies to fight customs fraud and respond to security threats. The Programme will also support customs administrations with the right training and tools to transition to a digital environment.
Subject to formal confirmation by the Council and the European Parliament on this [provisional] political agreement, the final text of the programme should be adopted in early 2021.
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