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Fighting transit fraud in the European Union
2018-06-20 | Brussels


Among the illegal activities affecting the European Union's financial interests, fraud in the European customs transit special regime - which allows the movement of goods under suspension of trade policy measures, duties and taxes - constitutes a clearly identified threat both because of the loss of resources to the Member States and the negative impact on the economy. Preventing and combating these abuses affecting the Union's resources is therefore a decisive challenge for political leaders.

On 20th June next in Brussels the Robert Schuman Foundation is organising a conference devoted to fraud in the customs transit system. This will be an opportunity to continue the work of the Kellet-Bowman report on the European transit system, twenty years after its publication.

This event is being organised as part of the Hercule III programme of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) whose main objective is the protection of the Union's financial interests.

It aims to:

    • Measure the risks of persistent fraud in an European business environment;

    • Strengthen coordination and cooperation within the European Union and between the Member States;

    • Propose a platform for the exchange of best practices in the fight against this fraud;

    • Examine the potential contribution of the cutting-edge technologies (big data, blockchain, etc.) and make the customs information systems adaptable to future solutions.


Wednesday 20th June 2018

8:30 – 9:00 am

Registration/Arrival and registration of participants

09:00 – 09:15 am

Opening session by the Managing Director of the Robert Schuman Foundation.

9:15– 10:15 am

Panel 1: Transit system overview: procedure and realities

10:15 – 10:30 am

Coffee break

10:30 – 11:30 am

Panel 2: Improve tools and technology to detect transit fraud

11:30 – 12:15 am

Workshop 1: Exchange of good practices from concrete cases

12:15 – 12:30 am

Morning closing session

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Workshop 2: Improving fraud detection using common system of information and a better coordination between Member States

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Workshop 3: New technologies as a mean to improve fraud detection (Datamining, blockchain…)

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Panel 3: Synthesis of the workshops and conclusions

4:30 – 5:00 pm

End of conference by a Permanent Representative of the incoming Austrian presidency of the Council of the EU

With the participation of representatives of EUROPOL, the European Court of Auditors and DG TAXUD

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Hotel Manos, Chaussée de Charleroi 100-106, 1060 Sint-Gillis, Belgique

Please note : This conference is funded by the European Union’s HERCULE III programme. The content of this conference represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

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