Customs single window

EESC opinion: Customs single window

Key points

The Committee welcomes the proposal of the European Commission, whose purpose is to address the fragmented interoperability between customs and partner competent authorities in handling customs clearance procedures for goods.

However, the Committee believes that the European Single Window, along with the national windows, should not just be a digital gateway for data collection and information exchange processes.

The Committee also suggests that the Commission pay particular attention to cybersecurity in relation to customs windows and systems.

It acknowledges that the current system is very complicated and that realising the proposed measure will require coordination, both within and between Member States.

Finally, the EESC deems it crucially important to prepare and train the staff who will be involved in operating the IT systems, the national single window environments and the European single customs window.

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