Commission sets out the strategic way forward for the EU’s Customs Union Brussels, 21 December 2016 The European Commission today adopted its long-term plan to give fresh impetus to the management of the Customs Union, a basic pillar of the European Union which supports and protects the Single Market. The role of customs authorities in ensuring our safety and security in the EU is increasing. A strong and well managed

Yes, it’s finally going to happen. The EC recently published its proposal to modernise VAT for cross-border e-commerce. Here’s the timeline: In 2018 A set of thresholds (EUR 10 000 and EUR 100 000) for cross-border supplies of electronic services will be introduced to help microbusinesses and SMEs. This means in practice that only businesses with cross border sales of more than EUR 100 000 will be subject to the standard rules.

Customs authorities across the EU seized an estimated five million more counterfeit items in 2015 than the previous year, according to a new report released by the European Commission. This means that the number of intercepted goods grew by 15% compared to 2014. More than 40 million products suspected of violating an intellectual property right were detained at the EU’s external borders, with a value of nearly €650 million. The

Commission launches work to create first common EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions The European Commission is forging ahead with work to draw up a first common EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions by presenting a pre-assessment (‘scoreboard of indicators’) of all third countries according to key indicators. It is now for EU Member States to choose which countries should be screened more fully over the next months so as