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News announcement6 November 2023Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union1 min read

Applications now open for EU Recognition of State-of-the-Art Customs Academic Programmes

The European Commission has opened a new cycle for applications for the EU Customs Certificate of Recognition.

This prestigious recognition, established in 2019, serves as a testament to the excellence of customs academic programmes that equip students with the optimal customs competency standards across the European Union.


Over the past few years, several European Customs Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes from different Member States have been awarded a Certificate of Recognition, acknowledging their leading role in raising customs performance and professionalism. As such, the Certificate of Recognition serves as an EU label of excellence for high-quality, modern customs academic programmes.

This initiative addresses today’s reality where the protection of the interests of the European Union and its citizens, whilst facilitating legitimate trade, becomes increasingly complex. Twenty-first century challenges like new security threats, the ongoing refugee crisis, digital (r)evolutions and the impact of Brexit call for intensified European customs cooperation, as well as collaboration with the trade community.

The current context demands a high-performing, connected, agile and future-proof European community of customs professionals, both in the public and private sectors. Customs education, training and professional development are the cornerstones required to build and nurture this community, and to stay on par with the latest developments in the world of customs and trade.

In the continuous quest for talent, cutting-edge customs academic programmes are the tool of choice to attract and develop high-potential customs professionals. State-of-the-art Customs Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes (or modules within) can greatly enhance customs performance across the EU. Graduates of recognised programmes understand the role of customs in the international supply chain and combine strategic and management competencies with in-depth operational capabilities.

New applications for the EU Customs Certificate of Recognition should be submitted by January 2024. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of a network of excellence in customs education and professional development.

Brochurer EU Recognition of State-of-the-Art Customs Academic Programmes


Learn more about the role of the European Commission, the benefits of the programme and the awarding process on our website.


Publication date
6 November 2023
Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union