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Customs administration in restructuring

THE SLOVAK customs administration will undergo several changes after Slovakia joins the EU on May 1, 2004. The majority of the current 77 customs offices at border crossings will be cancelled. Only seven will remain, the private news agency SITA wrote.

Four customs offices will be maintained at the Ukrainian-Slovak border and three customs offices at the international airports of Slovakia.

The customs administration, on the other hand, will increase its capacities in the administration of excise taxes, which as of May will fall under their jurisdiction. Forty nine of the 101 inland customs offices should be preserved and 52 new customs and tax offices will be established, Silvia Balázsiková, spokeswoman of the Customs Directorate, told SITA.

The customs administration plans to lay off 608 employees in relation to the shutting down of the border customs offices, and 164 new civil employees will be hired to the Customs Directorate.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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