An expert team is a collaboration tool between Member States which aims to pool resources to achieve the intended results more efficiently and quickly. It requires a high degree of commitment by Member States and is co-funded by the EU.

The choice to use the expert team tool is project-driven. It is based on strategic or tactical choices between the needs to be fulfilled and the required level of involvement.

The enhanced cooperation in form of an expert team is set up for a maximum of two years and can, if needed, be renewed.

The expert team is one of the action types available under the "joint actions" type of actions, included in the Customs 2020 and Fiscalis 2020 programme regulation.

Various Expert Teams exist already both in the fields of Customs and in Taxation. New ones can be set up, based on a business case to show the need and purpose of the group.

If you are an official interested in organising or participating in programme activities, you should get in touch with your national programme coordinator.

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

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

All actions are open to officials working in tax administrations in:

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

Candidate and potential candidate countries
participating in Fiscalis 2020

Start year
of participation

Albania

2015

Bosnia and Herzegovina

2015

Republic of North Macedonia

2014

Montenegro

2015

Serbia

2015

Turkey

2014

  • (a) Joint actions (bringing together officials from participating countries):
  1. seminars and workshops;
  2. 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 described outcome;
  3. bilateral or multilateral controls and other activities provided for in Union law on administrative cooperation, organised by two or more participating countries, which include at least two Member States;
  4. working visits organised by the participating countries or another country to enable officials to acquire or increase their expertise or knowledge in tax matters;
  5. expert teams, to enable structured operational cooperation between the programme participating countries on a long-term basis gathering expertise around a geographical or topical matter;
  6. public administration capacity-building and supporting actions;
  7. studies;
  8. communication projects;
  9. any other activity in support of the overall, specific and operational objectives.

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

It allows developing and operating major trans-European IT systems together, as well as establishing networks by bringing together national officials from across Europe.

Fiscalis 2020 has a budget of € 223.4 million.

The current programme covers the period 2014-2020.