Today’s decision takes the form of a delegated act. This kind of legal act, introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon in 2010, gives the Commission power to adopt the technical, non-essential elements of an existing legislation, in this case of the Union Customs Code (UCC).
The act adopted today covers a wide area of customs activity, including:
> Simplifications of the customs procedure inward processing which allows the processing of non-Union goods without payment of import duty and other charges to support creation of added value in the EU;
> Clearer rules to ensure equal treatment of economic operators in the EU;
> Wide-ranging provisions which will allow customs decisions and authorisations to be valid across the EU in the future;
> Establishing common data requirements as the basis for new IT systems linking Member States’ customs administrations to ensure a seamless exchange of information;
> Improvements in risk management to reinforce the fight against trade in illicit and prohibited goods, terrorism and other criminal activities.
The delegated act will now be considered by the European Parliament and the Council. In accordance with Article 290 TFEU, both can raise their objections within two months. This period of scrutiny can be extended by a further two months.