Customs Union, New Customs Code, Regulation 450/2008
Let's not forget that the EU is first and foremost a customs union.
The new Customs Code - Regulation 450/2008 - has been adopted by the Parliament and Council and published recently. It is quite a monument and an achievement. For a brief and general explanation of the customs code, see here.
The provision on its entry into force is quite complex: Some provisions come into effect on June 24th 2008 to give a basis for implementing measures, the rest on June 24th 2009 at the earliest and June 24th 2013 at the latest, and one provision - Article 30§1 - on January 1st 2011.
A striking feature of the new Code is the amount that is left to the Commission to work on in the implementing measures.
Modernised Community Customs Code The Modernised Customs Code will simplify legislation and administration procedures both from the point of view of customs authorities and traders. More?
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International Customs Day 2008 This past Saturday, January 26th, was International Customs Day, which marks the inaugural session of the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) that was held in Brussels, Belgium on January 26, 1953...
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Westinghouse alleging that former Westinghouse employees are being deprived of a choice in health care prescription plan benefits that were formerly available to them through union bargaining.
Cipro The FDA is seeking to add black box warnings of the risk of tendon rupture associated with Cipro and Levaquin.
The ruptures can involve Achilles tendon, shoulder, hand, bicep or thumb tendons, and is especially increased in patients older than 60, or people who have received kidney, heart or lung transplants, as well as people on steroid therapy...