If a Customs official interested in organising or participating in programme activities, he should get in touch with your national programme coordinator.

This person can advise on the eligibility of his idea for funding and can inform him about any forthcoming initiatives being organised in other participating countries.

You can also contact the European Commission: TAXUD-Customs2020@ec.europa.eu.

All actions are open to officials working in customs administrations from:

  • the EU Member States
  • Candidate and potential candidate countries that joined the programme

Candidate and potential candidate countries participating in Customs 2020

Start year of participation



Bosnia and Herzegovina


Republic of North Macedonia








  • (a) Joint actions (bringing together officials from participating countries):
  • seminars and workshops;
  • project groups, generally composed of a limited number of countries, operational during a limited period of time to pursue a predefined objective with a precisely defined outcome, including coordination or benchmarking;
  • working visits organised by the participating countries or another country to enable officials to acquire or increase their expertise or knowledge in customs matters; for working visits organised within third countries only travel and subsistence (accommodation and daily allowance) costs are eligible under the Programme;
  • monitoring activities carried out by joint teams made up of Commission officials and officials of the participating countries to analyse customs practices, identify any difficulties in implementing rules and, where appropriate, make suggestions for the adaptation of Union rules and working methods;
  • expert teams (more information on https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/expert-teams-europa_en), to enable structured operational cooperation between the programme participating countries on a long-term basis gathering expertise around a geographical or topical matter
  • customs administration capacity building and supporting actions;
  • studies;
  • jointly developed communication actions;
  • any other activity in support of the general, specific and operational objectives mentioned before;

Customs 2020 is an EU cooperation programme. It enables national customs administrations to create and exchange information and expertise.

It allows joint developing and operating major trans-European IT systems together, as well as establishing networks by bringing together national officials from across Europe.
Customs 2020 has a budget of € 522.9 million. The current programme covers the period 2014-2020.