EU ministers have been asked to approve a formal plan to computerise and coordinate the European Union's customs procedures controlling the movement and surveillance of excisable products, including alcoholic drinks. The tabled EU Decision would establish a Euro 35 million Brussels budget to set up the system within five years, hopefully by 2006, which is to be matched by between Euro 5 and 12 million from each Member State.

However, the European Commission hopes that these costs will be outweighed by an increase in the detection of ...

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