Directorate-General Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD)

The Directorate-General Taxation and Customs Union has to manage, defend and develop the customs unon as an essential part of securing the outer borders of the European Union.

The main tasks are:

  • to eliminate fiscal obstacles that hinder trade between member states
  • to actively engage in international developments in the field of customs and taxes
  • to encourage cooperation between member states to combat fraud
  • to maintain contact with concerned parties


Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 1203 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
20.02.2024  EU position in the EU-CTC Joint Committee established by the Convention of 20 May 1987 on a common transit procedure as regards amendments to that Convention.
Decision com(2024)71
30.01.2024  Authorisation of Sweden to apply reduced excise duty rates on electricity consumed by households and service sector companies located in certain areas in the North of ...
23.01.2024  EU position within the Association Council EU-Egypt as regards the amendment of Protocol 4 to that Agreement concerning the definition of the concept of 'originating ...
Decision com(2024)19
22.01.2024  Authorisation of Sweden to apply a reduced rate of taxation to electricity directly provided to vessels at berth in a port.
17.01.2024  Authorisation of the Commission to open negotiations for the amendment of the five agreements on the automatic exchange of financial account information to improve ...
Recommendation com(2024)11


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 507 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by this Directorate-General, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
24.11.2023  Signing of the amendment of the Agreement with Norway on administrative cooperation, combating fraud and recovery of claims in the field of VAT.
Decision com(2023)734
21.11.2023  Amendment of Regulation (EU) 2021/2283 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the Union for certain agricultural and industrial products.
Regulation com(2023)721
21.11.2023  Amendment of Regulation (EU) 2021/2278 suspending the Common Customs Tariff duties referred to in Article 56(2), point (c), of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 on certain ...
Regulation com(2023)718
20.11.2023  Amendment of Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/512 authorising the United Kingdom to apply, in respect of Northern Ireland, a special measure derogating from Articles 16 ...
Directive com(2023)704
04.09.2023  EU position within the Trade Specialised Committee on Administrative Cooperation in VAT and Recovery of Taxes and Duties established by the Trade and Cooperation ...
Decision com(2023)504


Legislation in force

There are at least 910 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
20.08.2021  Authorisation of Italy to apply reduced rates of excise duty to gas oil used for heating purposes and to electricity supplied in the municipality of Campione d'Italia.
Directive com(2021)485
07.07.2020  EU position as regards the amendment of certain provisions of Protocol II concerning the definition of 'originating products' and methods of administrative cooperation.
Decision com(2020)295
08.08.2017  EU position as regards the proposal to amend the Customs Convention on the international transport of goods under cover of TIR carnets.
Decision com(2017)408
06.04.2017  EU position within the Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin as regards the request of Ukraine to become Party to that Convention.
Decision com(2017)162
21.03.2017  EU position on the Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin with regard to the amendment of Appendix II to that Convention.
Decision com(2017)133