Work has continued in the past month within the Council and European Parliament (EP) on the MCC Recast/Union Customs Code proposal. On 5 November 2012, the Cypriot Council Presidency circulated a compromise text to the Member States amending the European Commission’s original proposal.

On 28 November 2012, the European Parliament’s (EP’s) Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee considered numerous draft amendments to the Commission’s proposal, but further work is required. A vote in IMCO on this text is now scheduled to occur on 18 December 2012.  

Depending on the outcome of the on-going discussions in the Council and the EP, trilogue discussions between these institutions and the European Commission with the aim of finding agreement on the MCC Recast/Union Customs Code proposal, should start in the beginning of 2013. The vote in the EP’s plenary session is currently scheduled to take place in April 2013.