In June 2012, the Member States in various Council Working Parties (the Tax Questions group and the Customs Union group) and at the more political level of the Committee of Permanent Representatives opposed the Commission’s proposal to merge the two programmes in place for tax (FISCALIS) and customs (CUSTOMS) into the new proposed FISCUS programme. They called for two separate legal acts instead for Customs 2020 and Fiscalis 2020.

Although following this request the Commission maintained its position against a split, it said it will present an amended proposal which will take the form of two legislative texts.