Oxford Research has been commissioned by DG TAXUD to assess the performance and monitoring framework for two spending programmes that support EU policies in customs and taxation.

The Customs and Fiscalis programmes are the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union, DG TAXUD’s, spending programmes to support EU policies in customs and taxation, respectively. These programmes have budgets of €300m-€500m, which funds IT systems used to share information quickly and securely, and fora for collaboration between officials. A common performance and monitoring framework was put in place in 2014. While a step in the right direction, Oxford Research’s mid-term evaluation of the programmes found it to be overly burdensome and little used for management or decision-making.

The purpose of this assignment is to assess the framework in more detail and re-design a better version for the post-2020 period. The methodology consists mainly of desk research, benchmarking other monitoring systems and extensive consultation with stakeholders.

The timeframe of the assignment is from October 2019 to August 2020. Under the lead of Coffey International, Oxford Research will play a support role, contributing with expertise of the programmes and customs and tax policies, as well as responsibility for designing and implementing some of the consultation activities.