On 18 December 2012, the European Parliament (EP)’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee adopted a report proposing numerous amendments to the Commission’s proposal for the Modernized Customs Code (MCC) recast/Union Customs Code (UCC). The agreed text will form the EP’s negotiating position in the trilogue discussions with the Council and the European Commission.

In early December, the Council’s General Secretariat urged the Member States to reach agreement on a Council compromise text no later than the first weeks of 2013 so that the trilogue meetings can start in January- February 2013, and publication of the adopted UCC can take place by the end of May 2013.

A revised compromise text was circulated by the Council Presidency on 11 December 2012, which is still under discussion in the Working Party on Customs Union. When agreed, this text will form the negotiating position of the Council in trilogue negotiations.