Commission Decision 92/39/EEC of 13 December 1991 prescribes "certain provisions of implementation for the Council Decision of 20 June 1991 on the adoption of a programme of Community action for the vocational training of customs officials undergoing initial training (the MATTHAEUS programme)". The Decision includes that the common programme of vocational training for customs officials, the contents of which are specified in an Annex, will be organized in the customs schools of the Member States. It is intended for customs officials who are responsible for the application of Community law whatever their workplace. Topics include: The European Communities; the foundations of the European Economic Community; Community customs law; Community fiscal law; Community commercial policies; the common agricultural policy; the duties of the customs officer. All officials in an initial stage of training are affected by the programme. National administrations shall include in continuous training seminars those aspects of the common training programme which are still necessary for officials who have completed initial training. Member States shall bring the common programmes into force from 1 January 1992, and shall notify the Commission of the provisions and procedures adopted for their implementation.
Policy making and guidelines
27 January 1993