Agenda: Working Party on Customs Union (19 December 2017)

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Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1387/2013 suspending the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain agricultural and industrial products

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – EP-PAP Parliamentary Summit, 27-28 November 2017, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (4 December 2017)

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Agenda: Working Party on Customs Union (6 December 2017)

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Roadmap: Amendment to the Union Customs Code

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Market Access Advisory Committee (21 September 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Exchange of views with Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Economic and Financial Affairs (20 November 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Customs Union (21 November 2017)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2089 of 14 November 2017 on technical arrangements for developing, maintaining and employing electronic systems for the exchange of information and for the storage of such information under the Union Customs Code

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EU Fact Sheet: The European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland and the North

The European Economic Area (EEA) was set up in 1994 to extend the EU’s provisions on its internal market to the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) countries. Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are parties to the EEA. Switzerland is a member of EFTA but does not take part in the EEA. The EU and EEA partners (Norway and Iceland) are also linked by various ‘northern policies’ and forums which focus on the rapidly evolving northern reaches of Europe and the Arctic region as a whole.

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Preparation for the 19th meeting of the EC/Turkey Customs Cooperation Committee (Ankara, 30 May 1997)

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Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on Implementation of Free Trade Agreements 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016

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Briefing: Customs unions and FTAs: Debate with respect to EU neighbours

The EU neighbourhood is undergoing deep transformations and this raises debate on how best to establish trade relations with neighbouring partners, like Turkey and the Eastern Partnership countries (such as Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia). Moreover, Brexit will entail the reorganisation of EU-UK relations, which will shake up cross-border trade flows. The EU can negotiate two basic types of trade agreement granting preferential market access to partners’ goods: free trade agreements (FTAs) and customs unions (CUs).

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Official Journal (C Series): Communication in accordance with Article 34(7)(a)(iii) of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, on decisions relating to binding information issued by the customs authorities of the Member States concerning the classification of goods in the customs nomenclature

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Agenda: Working Party on Customs Union (8 November 2017)

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on ‘The counterfeit and pirated products industry’ (own-initiative opinion)

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Agenda: EP INTA Committee Meeting (11 – 12 October 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Competitiveness Council – Internal Market, Industry, Research & Space (29-30 May 2017)

The draft minutes have been revised. The agenda includes items in climate & energy, environment and digital policy.

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Briefing: Understanding EU customs union

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Press Release: Preparation of the Eurogroup and informal ECOFIN meetings, Tallinn 15-16 September 2017

Commissioner Moscovici represented the European Commission at today’s meeting of the Eurogroup. Both Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Moscovici attend the informal ECOFIN Council meetings today and tomorrow in Tallinn, Estonia. At today’s Eurogroup, Ministers held a thematic discussion on ways to increase the economic resilience of Member States in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in order to better withstand internal and external shocks. Ministers were also informed about the state of play of the stability support programme for Greece. Commissioner Moscovici participated in the press conference following the Eurogroup meeting. EU Ministers will exchange views during a working lunch on deepening the Economic and Monetary Union and maximising effectiveness of EU finances. This discussion will be followed by a working session on the same topic based on the Commission’s  Reflection Paper on the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union published in May 2017. Ministers will further debate the implications of technological innovation in the area of financial regulation as part of the Capital Markets Union. On Saturday, Ministers will hold a working session on digital economy and taxation, given the importance of adapting European tax systems to the challenges of a modern economy. The discussion comes just days after President Juncker confirmed in his State of the Union letter of intent that the Commission would come forward in 2018 with a proposal for the taxation of the digital economy. In the final working session on Saturday, the ECOFIN will look at ways to increase cost efficiency and sustainability of EU customs IT systems. Vice-President Dombrovskis will participate in the two press conferences following the ECOFIN sessions on 15 and 16 September.  (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 460 764687; Juliana Dahl – Tel.: +32 229 59914; Letizia Lupini – Tel.: +32 229 51958; Patrick McCullough – Tel.: +32 229 87183)

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Press Release: EU economic and financial affairs ministers meet in Tallinn to discuss financial and tax issues related to innovation and the digital economy

Economic and financial affairs ministers of the EU member states will hold their informal meeting in Tallinn today and tomorrow, 15-16 September. The first gathering will be of ministers from the euro area for a Eurogroup meeting, which will be followed by a meeting for ministers and central bank governors from all EU member states to discuss strengthening the euro area and improving the use of the EU’s financial resources as well as the use of new technological solutions in the financial sector. Tomorrow, September 16, the ministers will focus on the need to modernise the EU tax system arising from developments in the digital economy. Additionally, the sustainable and cost-effective development of IT systems for the EU-wide customs union will be on the agenda as well.

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An effective and efficient Customs Union is one step closer to EU-wide digital single market

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UPDATED – Comitology Committee: Written Consultation of the Customs Code Committee – Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature

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