Brussels is claiming EU Claims 2.7 Billion euros in the UK for allowing Chinese shoes and textiles to enter Europe at an inadequate tax level and while the country was aware of the risk of fraud. The European Commission on Thursday launched an infringement procedure against the United Kingdom. To recover EU Claims 2.7 Billion euros in customs duties for the EU budget, accusing it of fraudulently allowing Chinese products to enter Europe. Subject to an inadequate tax level.
“Although the United Kingdom has been informed of the risks of fraud related to the importation of textiles and footwear originating in the People’s Republic of China as early as 2007 and has been asked to take appropriate risk control measures he neglected to intervene to prevent fraud “, explains the Commission.
The Tense Context of Brexit
On the same day last year, the European Anti-Fraud Office issued a report which revealed that between 2013 and 2016. Significant amounts of customs duties had been evaded thanks to false invoices. Fictitious invoices, and incorrect customs value declarations. However, customs duties are part of the resources of the EU budget. Olaf, which then estimated the damage at 2 billion euros, had recommended the EU to “recover the money” from “the UK government”.
EU Claims 2.7 Billion
The results of this survey then appeared in a sensitive period between Brussels and London, which was about to trigger the exit procedure of the EU. Since then, Brexit negotiations have begun, and London would rule out any customs union with the EU.
Two Months to Answer
Further checks carried out by the Commission in the meantime confirmed “an enormous increase in the length of this fraud mechanism” for the duration among November 2011 and December 2017. According to the EU budget amounting to 2.7 billion euros “. The commission has therefore decided to “send a letter of the formal word to the United Kingdom “, the first step in the so-called “infringement” procedure, to ask it to make these “customs duties available to the budget of the EU “.
The United Kingdom has two months to respond to Brussels. If the answer does not suit him, the Commission can formally ask London to comply with its obligations, failing which it can refer it to the EU Court of Justice.