After some weeks in United States for the UN Climate meeting and many other engagements, 16 year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is now back in Europe after weeks at sea.

Greta sailed to and from U.S to protect the environment.

She is now in Lisbon, Portugal on her way to Madrid for the global climate and environment summit that was supposed to take place in Chile but was moved to Europe.

EU:s foresight project’ The Future of Customs 2040′ is developed in cooperation with the European Commission, Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD).

A number of influential people has been invited to do a series of work shols about the future of Customs. One of the visionary experts participating is my best friend Vidar Gundersen. The best Customs expert and person I have ever met.

In 2018, the EU celebrated the 50th anniversary of its customs union. Looking back, the underlying logic of  EU customs procedures, processes and rules would look quite familiar to those who built it more than 50 years ago, although their tools and means of implementation changed drastically with the strong technological evolution and a shift in responsibilities. We are now facing an unprecedented speed, scale and diversity of change. Global trade is a fast evolving landscape.

New trends, technologies, products and trade models and flows continuously create risks and opportunities that challenge the EU Customs ecosystem and its many stakeholders. These changes have multiple direct impacts across different policy areas (security, environment, trade, justice, migration etc.). The scale and speed of these developments call for increased anticipatory knowledge to make sure that the EU Customs ecosystem remains relevant and effective in the long-term.

Yesterday our partner The Institute of Export and International Trade (IoE) celebrated the annual graduation ceremony for this years’ students at Mansion House in London.

Great event and wonderful to participate with a Key Note Speech.

It is always great to see new professionals entering our field and also to see graduates develop with education. As a Doctor of Education (honoris causa) it warms myvheart and soul.

The Mansion House in Walbrook London is truly a wonderful and beautiful place.

IoE is doing a remarkable job and I recommend their programmes to everybody working in our field.

The world’s first Digital Customs Academy is here, developed by KGH along with partners. Now you can get the skills and knowledge you need for inyernational trade & to prepare for Brexit. #UKCustomsAcademy

Read our folder for more information: UK Customs Academy

The best news of all, the worlds’ first Digital Customs Academy is available for you – and it is available for free through a grant programme sponsored by UK Government.

I visited Getlink for meetings today. The Eurotunnel is one of the busiest borders in the world and it also happens to be one of the key flows in a potential post-Brexit environment.

I am very impressed by the Brexit preparations done so far. I was here for a Getlink/Eurotunnel Brexit conference about a year ago and the progress is enormous.

It was indeed very positive and gave hope for the future to see the work done. However, there is still a lot to do.

Thank you to the colleagues at Getlink for great discussions.

A new Tory initiative to improve border security was launched today.

The Conservatives are publishing plans to improve the UK’s border security after Brexit.

If the party wins the general election, it says it will introduce automated exit and entrance checks. It would also make it harder for people with serious criminal convictions to enter the UK from EU countries.

Labour says the UK would no longer have access to EU databases or the European Arrest Warrant, undermining the fight against terror and organised crime. 

Announcing the Conservatives’ plan, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “When people voted to leave in 2016, they were voting to take back control of our borders. “After Brexit we will introduce an Australian-style points based immigration system and take steps to strengthen our border and improve the security of the UK.”

The party says introducing automated entry and exit checks and a requirement for biometric passports will enable to the government to “know who and how many people are in the country, and to identify individuals who have breached the terms of their visa and restrict illegal immigration”.

Visitors to the UK from the European Union and the Commonwealth will have to comply with a US-style electronic visa system after Brexit.

The plans for a new Electronic Travel Authorisation system (ETA) will make it easier for border guards to screen arrivals and block threats from entering the UK, the Tories say.

It is part of a five-strong plan to secure the borders after Brexit and will be launched by Ms Patel and Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, at a border post today.

Other measures include plans to count visitors into and out of the UK and to stop migrants using EU identity cards instead of the more secure passports.

New powers will also be brought in to stop EU criminals at the border once the UK has left the EU and ended free movement of people. The renewed focus on immigration comes amid alarm in the Tory party about a tightening in Mr Johnson’s lead in the polls.

Controlling immigration is seen as one of the areas where the Tories are strongest over Labour.

Source: BBC and Telegraph