Government to step up actions to tackle grey economy with new strategy and comprehensive action plan – Customs also involved
The Government has adopted a resolution on a strategy and an action plan for tackling the grey economy and economic crime for 2020–2023. The efforts to tackle the grey economy and economic crime will focus on proactive prevention, improving the authorities’ access to information, reviewing administrative powers and improving the cooperation between authorities. Together with other authorities and ministries, Finnish Customs has participated in the preparation of the new strategy and action plan, and will be actively involved in their implementation. Effective prevention of the shadow economy has also been defined as one of Customs’ key social impact objectives and it is closely linked to the various functions of Customs.
The objectives of the Strategy for Tackling the Grey Economy and Economic Crime are to:
- promote healthy competition between companies and a fair labour market;
- prevent the grey economy and economic crime;
- ensure the ability of authorities to combat the grey economy and economic crime; and
- develop measures to combat the grey economy and economic crime and improve cooperation between authorities.
“In the next few years, we will focus our efforts on tackling the grey economy by promoting healthy competition and a fair labour market, by proactively preventing the grey economy, by ensuring the ability of authorities to combat the grey economy and by improving cooperation between authorities,” says Janne Marttinen, Director of the Grey Economy Information Unit. The 23 projects included in the action plan will support the efforts to meet the strategic objectives during this government term.
The key projects for Customs under the new action plan involve safeguarding access to information needed in Customs’ corporate audit activities in an increasingly digitalised operational environment, as well as stepping up measures against food fraud in cooperation with the Finnish Food Authority.
“Combatting the shadow economy is one of the social impact objectives prioritised in the strategy of Finnish Customs and an integral part of our activities as a whole. Our goal is to promote opportunities for fair competition for our customers and to combat the shadow economy in cooperation with other authorities, says Petri Lounatmaa, Enforcement Director at Finnish Customs.