Summary of discussions - Hoofdinhoud
COUNCIL OFBrussels, 4 June 2010
THE EUROPEAN UNION
OUTCOME OF PROCEEDINGS
Customs Cooperation Working Party (Experts and Plenary)
on: 11-12 May 2010
Subject: Summary of discussions
1.Adoption of the agenda
3.Production and coordination mechanism of risk analysis products: presentation by SE
of the new Index
The Chair directed delegations' attention to the production and coordination mechanism of risk
analysis products (threat assessments and risk analyses) outlined in doc. 6843/10
ENFOCUSTOM 14 and the agreement reflected therein to discuss the drafting of risk analysis
products and to consider a possible update of the risk analysis Index once per Presidency by the
CCWP expert meeting.
The SE delegation presented a new Index for risk analysis products drawn up on the basis of
50 contributions by seven Member States. Customs authorities were invited to use the Index for
sharing risk analysis products and notify the Presidency in the future in case any updates to the
Index would be necessary. The Index would be distributed to delegations in an electronic format
shortly and uploaded to the JCO Library once it is operational pending the final decision about
the location of storing it.
4.Threat assessment of IPR
The HU delegation presented the revised draft mandate for a threat assessment of intellectual
property rights (IPR), contained in doc. 7805/1/10 REV 1 ENFOCUSTOM 26. The document was
The PL delegation would liaise with representatives of FRONTEX on the possibilities for the joint
operation. The Presidency would inform FRONTEX of the approach taken by the meeting by an
6.Update of the multiannual JCO Plan
The meeting took note of the overview of JCOs and other operations, contained in doc. 5105/2/10
REV 2 ENFOCUSTOM 4 RESTREINT UE.
7.JCOs and other customs operations
7.1 Risk Area: Drugs
7.2 Risk Area: Tobacco and Tobacco Products
7.3 Risk Area: Money Laundering
7.4 Risk Area: Weapons of Mass Destruction
7.5 Risk Areas:
-Alcohol and alcoholic products
-Illicit trafficking and diversion of drug precursors
-Arms and ammunition
The draft final report of the JCO Early Bird (9206/10 ENFOCUSTOM 32 RESTREINT UE) was
presented and agreed subject to an amendment suggested by the SI delegation.
The Belgian delegation announced the dates of the first CCWP meeting during the incoming
1.Adoption of the agenda
The meeting adopted the agenda as set out in doc. CM 2778/10 with the addition of an item by the
UK delegation under AOB.
2.Information from the Presidency
The Chair outlined the items of relevance to customs administrations in the agenda of the recent
meetings of JHA Council, COSI, CATS, Ad Hoc Group on Information Exchange and CCWP.
(cf. doc. DS 1003/1/10 REV 1)
The FR delegation informed the meeting of the work led by the Commission's DG JLS to draw up
maps on information exchange in the framework of a ten-month action plan to implement the
Information Management Strategy, referring to the need to update the relevant documents with
more detailed information on the activities of customs authorities.
The Chair noted that two customs reports would be forwarded for approval to CATS on 18 May:
-Report on implementation of the third Action Plan to implement the strategy for customs
cooperation in the third pillar (July 2008 - December 2009) - doc. 9462/10
Delegations were reminded of the forthcoming Seminar on Customs and Security in Valencia on
27-28 May 2010.
The SE delegation invited delegations to send by 26 May their contact point, including postal
address, for receiving a CD containing the Best Practice Guide on the five special forms of
cooperation under the Naples II Convention to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org (CD
is issued in all the official EU languages).
The SE delegation announced the 19th meeting of the heads of investigation/intelligence of
European customs authorities to be organised in cooperation with WCO on 4-5 November 2010
in Stockholm. A formal invitation would be sent out in due time.
A representative of the Commission presented customs related actions in the Commission
Communication "Delivering an area of freedom, security and justice for Europe's citizens - Action
Plan Implementing the Stockholm Programme" (COM (2010) 171 final) to be taken note of by the
JHA Council on 3-4 June 2010 through the approval of Council conclusions.
As a response to questions from the NL and DE delegations, the Commission representative pointed
out that as a result of the abolishment of the pillar system by the Lisbon Treaty the Stockholm
Programme Action Plan does not differentiate between measures that formerly belonged to different
4.Fourth Action Plan: January 2010 - June 2011
4.1 Situation report
The Chair presented the overview of Member States' participation in actions of the Fourth Action
Plan outlined in doc. DS 1058/3/10 REV 3. The FR delegation announced its intention to participate
in Action 4.3 and Europol in Action 4.1.
4.2. Update of ongoing actions
ACTION 4.9 To improve the exchange of information and intelligence between central
coordination units as well as the practical implementation of mutual assistance and
The CZ delegation informed the meeting of the ongoing work related to Action 4.9 including
discussions with OLAF on uploading information on the JCO Library and access to the Library
by Member States.
A meeting of Central Coordination Units on 21-22 June in Brussels was announced. The CZ
delegation will distribute a detailed overview of the aims of the meeting, including a questionnaire,
ACTION 4.7 To update the JCO Guide in the light to the revised solution and strategy
on customs cooperation
The SE delegation presented the draft mandate of Action 4.7 (doc. 5098/10 ENFOCUSTOM 2)
along with a proposal for a minor amendment in point 5. The mandate was approved.
5.Trade based money laundering
The ES delegation made a presentation of the experience of the Spanish Customs and Excise
Department in countering money laundering made trough the international trade of goods.
6.Operational cooperation among Customs administrations on investigations related to
transshipped maritime containers
The Spanish delegation presented a discussion paper on enhancing operational cooperation in the
field of investigations of illicit goods in transshipped maritime containers (doc. DS 1225/10).
A number of Member States supported the proposal to draft a CCWP operational recommendation
in this field.
It was agreed that this question would be discussed at the next CCU meeting to be held on
· The UK delegation informed the meeting that within the framework of the MARINFO Group
the possibility of funding some working meetings on the basis of Article 42 of the amended
Regulation 515/97 on mutual assistance is being discussed.
The Commission and the Presidency requested a written communication on this topic.
· The Chair recalled the following deadlines:
-20 May: send nominations for the CCU meeting on 21-22 June in Brussels to the CZ
-26 May: inform the SE delegation of the postal address where the Best Practice Guide
on special forms of cooperation should be sent
-31 May: send comments on the doc. DS 1225/10 to the Presidency.
The following working documents were made available in the meeting room: