The European Commission has adopted a proposal targeting excise fraud within the European Union. The proposal amends the Directive covering alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and mineral oils. It would provide a legal framework for use of the Excise Movement Control System (EMCS), a computerised system to monitor the movement of excise goods where no tax has been paid. The EMCS should be operational from April 2009 and will help identify excise fraud more effectively by expediting information exchange between excise authorities. In addition to tackling excise fraud, the proposal would also liberalise existing rules on alcoholic beverages bought in one EU Member State and transported to another and would simplify rules on the commercial movement of excise goods.