From 3rd June 2019 to 6th June 2019, the 5th Meeting of the Working Group on the Comprehensive Review of the Revised Kyoto Convention has been held in Brussels. On 6th June the WCO invited external stakeholders such as the private sector, academia and international organizations to participate in a Stakeholder Engagement Session and to come forward with proposals for the comprehensive review of the RKC to ensure an all-inclusive approach.
Ms. Kerstin Harden participated for the Institute of Customs and International Trade Law (ICTL) in a discussion under the heading "Sharing Experiences on implementation of the RKC" with three other participants comprised of representatives of WCO-members and private sector partners. They reflected and discussed the advantages and challenges of an efficient and harmonized implementation of the RKC. Ms. Harden gave some inputs and observations from the academic perspective. The discussions focused on how a more harmonized implementation of the RKC could be ensured and on suggestions on a possible monitoring scheme for the implementation of the RKC. Challenges, such as the need for more cooperation between customs and economic operators and the non-binding character of the bigger part of the current RKC provisions that might delay and obstruct an efficient future implementation, were identified.
In the proposal session Ms. Harden also presented a position paper regarding the proposal on a legal framework for customs debt issues on behalf of Prof. Wolffgang (ICTL) and Prof. Rogmann (Brunswick European Law School, Germany).