Turkish officials receive training on customs laws with the objective of adapting the country's laws to European customs law.
Successful closure of the twinning project managed by the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) in support of the customs administration in Turkey.
With a budget of €198,000, ninety-five percent of which was funded by the twinning instrument the European Union, the project aimed at harmonising legislation and practices with European Union regulations for proper and effective application of the Customs Union Code, addressing problems in the application of the current legislation.
During the six months of the project implementation, the two main objectives have been successfully fulfilled: harmonisation of legislation related to collection, repayment, and remission of customs duties, and the training of Turkish customs officials.
On one hand, in terms of harmonisation of legislation, the experts prepared reports containing proposals for the changes necessary to achieve this harmonisation.
On the other, in terms of training, various seminars were held to provide information on the main legislatives changes. In addition, manuals, leaflets, and presentations were prepared with information on how to achieve proper and effective application of the European Union’s Customs Code in the country.
During the project, experts from Spain’s tax agency (AEAT) worked with their Turkish counterparts in their country’s Directorate-General for Risk Management and Control of the Ministry of Customs and Trade.
At the project closing event, held at the Ministry of Customs and Trade of the Republic of Turkey, certificates were presented to the officials who participated in the training. Attendees included the Spanish Ambassador to Turkey and the Deputy Director of AEAT, in addition to representatives of the European Union Delegation in Turkey.