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Wise men to advise EU on customs

[ September 22, 2021   //   ]

The EU Commission has set up a group tasked with identifying innovative solutions to the most pressing problems facing its Customs Union, reports EUBusiness.

The ‘Wise Persons Group on Challenges Facing the Customs Union’ will advise institutions and member states on how to prepare for new business models and technological developments, and how to efficiently manage the Customs Union to ensure agile and robust customs processes to accelerate digital and green transitions.

It will be headed by former Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain, Arancha González Laya, with the support of Vice-Chair Mateja Vranicar Erman, Adviser to the Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Minister of Finance.

Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for Economy, said: “To adequately prepare for the future of the Customs Union, we need new ideas from people with extensive experience and knowledge, and who are used to thinking outside the box. I look forward to the group’s proposals on how customs can work more efficiently for the benefit of our citizens and businesses.”

The group will deliver a final report by spring 2022.

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