On 10-11 October 2012, the International Trade (INTA) Committee of the European Parliament (EP) adopted a draft opinion on the proposal for the Modernised Customs Code (MCC) Recast Regulation. A vote in the EP’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee on the report of its rapporteur is currently scheduled to take place on 29 November 2012. 215 possible amendments to the Commission’s proposal will be on the table.

Trilogue discussions between the EP, the Commission and the Council on this dossier will likely start at the end of 2012, or beginning of 2013. The vote in the EP’s plenary session is currently scheduled to take place in April 2013.  

The Competitiveness Council is also scheduled to hold an orientation debate on 10 December 2012.  

In order to avoid a legal void (in the absence of implementing provisions for the MCC), the UCC should be adopted before June 2013 so that it can allow for the existing Customs Code and its implementing provisions remaining in place, pending the implementation of the UCC (i.e. involving future adoption of implementing provisions for the UCC).