From Ancient Greece to the European Union

Centuries later, education continues to be one of the fundamental pillars on which the development and progress of our society is structured and, therefore, retains an importance that has increased in recent years because there are more and more important challenges that we face.

It is possible that ancient Greece, along with Rome, were the cultures on which our current societies are based. The structuring as a society, philosophy or law have been some of the areas whose influence has reached our days.

In this same sphere of influence we could also cite, without fear of being mistaken, education, whose objective was the formation of citizens and which was born as an initiative of the State itself. In both Greek and Roman culture, education was a fundamental objective and part of the very essence of these societies.

In both Greek and Roman culture, education was a fundamental objective and part of the very essence of these societies.

Centuries later, education continues to be one of the fundamental pillars on which the development and progress of our society is structured and, therefore, retains an importance that has increased in recent years because there are more and more important challenges that we face.

Thus, and with this objective, the Customs Foundation was born. To be a bridge of communication between those who have knowledge and those who need it. Promote, enhance and spread knowledge of everything related to foreign trade and allow us to be able not only to face, but also to provide companies, institutions and administrations themselves with the best education and training.

Since its constitution, the Customs Foundation has published fifteen works, all related to foreign trade and the customs field and the details of which are as follows:

  • How to determine the origin of textile products
  • The keys to the tax sanction procedure
  • VAT on intra-community transactions
  • Understanding Excise Taxes
  • Customs debt in the Union Customs Code
  • Simplified procedures in the Union Customs Code (UCC)
  • The legal framework for anti-dumping measures
  • What you need to know about registration tax
  • Customs debt under the EU Customs Code
  • The protection of the financial interests of the European Union
  • The legal framework for anti-dumping measures
  • Harmonized excise duties
  • European taxation: a balance of power
  • European Union customs law – Notes on the regulatory, doctrinal and jurisprudential framework
  • Non-fiscal border controls

The Customs Foundation has created the first Chair of Customs Studies in Europe and has promoted a Master in Customs Law, which is in its 3rd edition and which has the accreditations of the European Commission and the World Customs Organization. Very few educational centers in the European Union have both accreditations and, in Spain, only the Customs Foundation has obtained both recognitions.

The challenges are numerous and we have little time to meet them because society in general and foreign trade in particular are rapidly moving towards irreversible changes.

With this, we want the demand for talent in foreign trade to be covered with the maximum guarantees and for excellence in training to provide solutions to a sector that increasingly requires specialized training.

Participants in the Master in Customs Law of the Customs Foundation-Chair URV

The challenges are numerous and we have little time to meet them because society in general and foreign trade in particular are rapidly advancing towards irreversible changes such as artificial intelligence or the blockchain which allow the creation of supply chains whose data is encrypted.

The last decades have been eventful, but it will be the next few years which, driven by technology, will mark a before and after in the fields of customs, logistics and distribution. The Customs Foundation will continue to work on all of this, in specialized training and in specialty.

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