Analysis: “The action plan for the customs union” by Darya Budova
On 28 September 2020 the European Commission adopted an Action Plan for Taking the Customs Union to the Next Level (COM(2020) 581 final). The actions outlined in this plan aim at achieving an EU Customs Union where customs authorities: operate as one to protect society, the environment and the EU economy through effective facilitation of legitimate trade and intelligent, risk-based supervision of supply chains; are proactive, working seamlessly with stakeholders, are committed to innovations and sustainability and present the reference for customs worldwide.
The different actions are grouped under four headings: risk management, managing e-commerce, the promotion of compliance and customs authorities acting as one. An important pa