The successful end of the project we are celebrating today, which started in September 2017, is just another confirmation of the excellent cooperation between the Customs Administrations of the Republic of North Macedonia, the Republic of Austria and the Republic of Lithuania through unselfish support of the European Union with a total budget of 1.6 million euros.
Increased revenues, fraud detection and prevention through targeted controls, simpler and more efficient procedures, enhanced administrative capacity, greater operability, further alignment of domestic with EU legislation and bringing the country closer to the EU Market and the Customs Union are among the benefits that embody the four components of the Twinning project: customs control and audit, risk management, provision of customs laboratory equipment and training.
The Customs Administration, as a long-time beneficiary of EU funds, has implemented several successful IPA projects, thanks to which conditions have been created for the digitization of the customs operations and the provision of a paperless environment. Today, the Customs Administration has a state-of-the-art integrated system that enables fully electronic operation, compatible with the European Union systems.
“The main goal of the project was to implement reforms to prevent illegal trading, facilitate trade and simplify procedures. But the main emphasis was put on enhancing the capacity of the staff, on improving their skills, but also on liaising with their EU customs counterparts ”- said Director Gjoko Tanasoski.
At the event, the project results were presented by the project leaders and Ph.D. Mr. Georg Woutsas, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria, Mr. Freek Janmaat, Head of Operations Unit at the Delegation of the European Union and Ms. Zanetta Heidrun, Director of the Agency for European Integration and Economic Development of the Republic of Austria, all emphasized the importance of the project and the results achieved, thanks to the excellent cooperation between the Customs Administrations of the Republic of North Macedonia, the Republic of Austria and the Republic of Lithuania, as well as the support from the European Union and the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia.