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40th anniversary of the Customs Union

CUSTOMS: Special event staged by the French EU Presidency and European
40th anniversary of the Customs Union

In May 1953, young members of the Belgian Branch of the European Movement demonstrate on the streets of Liège in favour of the abolition of frontiers and customs controls in Europe. Source: Manifestation pour la libre circulation. Liège: Photothèque Parle

A special event on 4 July 2008 in Paris to mark 40 years of the EU Customs Union brought together EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union László Kovács, French Budget Minister Eric Woerth, the 27 Directors General of national customs and other personalities.

The Paris Declaration on the future of European customs was adopted there. For further information see the press notice, a 12 minute video documentary and a 1:42 minute video clip which were made for the 40th anniversary.

See ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs website.

See the history of Customs Union on European NAvigator

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