With a budget of 777.6 million euro¸ the programme will run for 7 years from January 1 2014
FISCUS merges the current two separate programmes for taxation and customs into one¸ thereby meeting simplification and cost-cutting goals of the Commission without compromising the activities in these individual areas.
FISCUS will facilitate networking¸ joint actions and training amongst tax and customs personnel¸ while also funding cutting-edge IT systems to enable the development of fully fledged e-administrations in customs and tax. By relying on shared development of IT¸ every euro spent jointly can generate cost-savings of at least four times as much for Member States.
The objectives of FISCUS are to protect the financial interests of the EU and Member States¸ facilitate trade¸ ensure the safety and security of EU citizens¸ improve the capacities of customs and tax authorities¸ and implement EU legislation in these fields. Having assessed the challenges for the years ahead¸ the Commission proposes that particular focus is also given to fighting fraud¸ reducing administrative burdens and cooperating with third countries.
The draft Regulation will now be discussed by the Council and the European Parliament¸ with a view to adoption by the end of 2012¸ so that the new programme can start on 1 January 2014.