Updated: 11/07/2023

Subcommittee No 8 “Customs, Taxation, Drug Trafficking And Money Laundering” (Judiciary, fundamental rights and freedoms, home affairs, taxation, customs and financial control)

In 1964, in accordance with the Türkiye- EU Association Council Decision No. 3/64, Türkiye- EU Association Committee has been established to support the activities of the Association Council and to foster the cooperation stemming from partnership relations.

In paralel to the developments in Türkiye- EU relations, on 11 April 2000, 8subcommittees have been established by the Association Council Decision No. 3/2000. Subcommittee No 8 “Customs, Taxation, Drug Trafficking And Money Laundering” was one of the subcommittees, set up under the Association Committee to monitor progress with the priorities of the accession partnership and approximation of legislation. The subcommittees do not have any decision making power. The main agenda items under the Subcommittee No 8 “Customs, Taxation, Drug Trafficking And Money Laundering” were determined as customs cooperation, taxation, prevention of money laundering, drugs, audit and financial control, asylum, immigration and external borders, judicial cooperation. 

As time passed, Türkiye and the European Commission jointly decided that the subcommittee meetings shall be restructured as on the basis of the opening and closing benchmarks of the negotiation Chapters in order to be more efficient and result- oriented. Under this framework, it was decided that the following Chapters and the developments thereof shall constitute the main agenda items under the Subcommittee No.8; 23. Judiciary and Fundamental Rights, 24. Justice, Freedom and Security, 16. Taxation, 29. Customs Union and 32. Financial Control.

Moreover, taking into the account the experience accumulated over the past years’ subcommittee meetings, a “new approach” has been adopted to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the meetings. The intention of the “new approach” is to devote more time to actually discussing issues in detail during the subcommittee meetings instead of using the time for making long and detailed presentations. During the preparation phase of the meeting, background detailed presentations for each agenda item, providing the latest information, will be shared by the parties. In line with the information acquired from the presentations, each side will be able to ask their questions and comprehensively focus on technical side of the agenda items.    According to the new approach, the discussions during the meetings will be more fruitful and the time allocated for each agenda item will be used more efficiently.

In line with this new approach, the 18th meeting of the Subcommittee No 8 Customs, Taxation, Drug Trafficking And Money Laundering was held online on 27-28 April 2023.

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