Newsletters

28 February 2024
MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER: WHAT'S NEXT FOR EU MOBILITY & TRANSPORT?
On 21 February, CLECAT participated at the academic Conference organised by DG MOVE with the European University Institute Florence School of Regulation on the mobility and transport agenda for the next College of Commissioners. In three brainstorming panel discussions academics debated the state of play of transport policy and future challenges and priorities.
28 February 2024
IMCO COMMITTEE VOTES ON EU CUSTOMS REFORM
The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) concluded its vote on the Customs Reform on Wednesday 22nd February. Following the vote at the upcoming plenary session of the European Parliament at the beginning of March the IMCO report will represent the European Parliament's stance during the initial reading of the reform proposal.
16 February 2024
CLECAT Newsletter 2024/06
16 February 2024
EC PUBLISHES 2024 SINGLE MARKET AND COMPETITIVENESS REPORT
On 14 February, the European Commission published the Annual Single Market and Competitiveness Report (ASMCR). The report details the competitive strengths and challenges of Europe's Single Market, tracking yearly developments according to the nine competitiveness drivers identified in the EU's 2023 Long-term competitiveness Communication.
16 February 2024
POLISH FARMERS TO BLOCK AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS FROM UKRAINE
Starting 20 February, Polish farmers intend to block all border crossings between Poland and Ukraine, seaports and rail hubs with the aim to stop Ukrainian freight. After a temporary pause in the protest following a compensation deal reached with the Polish government in January, farmers returned to their blockades on 9 February.
16 February 2024
NEXT PHASE OF EMCS LAUNCHED TO ALLOW INTEROPERABILITY WITH AES
The EU Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS), monitoring excise goods like tobacco, alcohol, and energy products, has launched phase 4.1 This phase introduces interoperability with the EU Automated Export System (AES), enhancing efficiency in export operations.
16 February 2024
NAVIGATING THE BALTIC BORDER: THE CHALLENGE OF ENFORCING EU SANCTIONS
Politico published an interesting report on how the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are facing significant challenges in policing their combined 1,600-kilometer border with Russia and Belarus. The article claims that this frontier has become a focal point for attempts to circumvent sanctions on dual-use goods and luxury items, straining the resources of customs officials and exposing gaps in enforcement capabilities.
16 February 2024
NEW PROOF OF UNION STATUS SYSTEM LAUNCHED 1 MARCH
Starting from 1 March 2024, the European Union will introduce the new Proof of Union Status (PoUS) system, which will transform how economic operators can apply for T2L and T2LF union status certificates. This system is a recent launch within the UCC Work Program, which outlines projects and electronic systems aimed at achieving a harmonized exchange of European customs information.
16 February 2024
TRAN COMMITTEE ADOPTS REPORT ON WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS
On 14 February, the EP’s TRAN Committee adopted its report on the revision of the Weights & Dimensions Directive. MEPs sets incentives for the uptake of zero-emission vehicles while setting additional obstacles to the use of EMS vehicles.
16 February 2024
CLECAT PUBLISHES POSITION ON REVISED COMBINED TRANSPORT DIRECTIVE
On 13 February, CLECAT published its position paper on the Commission’s proposal for amendments to the Combined Transport Directive 92/106/EEC. CLECAT and its members welcomed the proposal amending Directive 92/106/EEC on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods between Member States as the current rules are outdated, ambiguous and create barriers to the effective operation of combined transport.