The European Parliament and Council of Ministers have adopted a plan to implement a pan-European electronic customs system, which has been welcomed by the European Commission. The electronic customs system will allow the Commission, customs administrations and other EU border agencies to exchange information electronically, thereby becoming paper-free. This electronic tool will facilitate the movement and control of goods, and increase the competitiveness of European trade by reducing compliance and administrative costs. By 2011, economic operators will be able to lodge electronically all the information required by customs legislation for EU cross-border movement of goods.