The purpose of this meeting is to present to the EU Civil Society Organisations the state of play of the negotiations with Australia and New Zealand and the Draft Final Reports of the Sustainability Impact Assessments, and to exchange views on these topics.
On 14-15 November 2019, senior customs officials from around the European Union met in Helsinki to discuss current trends and appropriate responses to customs fraud, during a High-Level Conference organised by the Finnish Customs together with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). Entitled “Strategies to fight customs fraud in a globalised trading landscape,” the event brought together national customs officials as well as representatives of the Commission/OLAF, Europol, Frontex and EUIPO. Discussions focused on how best to prevent, investigate and detect customs fraud when faced with a growing volume of consignments, especially as a result of the boom in e-commerce.
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in September 2019 was €196.2 billion, an increase of 5.2% compared with September 2018 (€186.5 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €177.6 bn, a rise of 2.1% compared with September 2018 (€173.9 bn).
The EU has today brought a dispute to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against unlawful anti-dumping measures imposed by Colombia on frozen fries from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.