Pan-European Network of Customs Practitioners (PEN-CP) Open Calls for Expert Reports!

Pan-European Network of Customs Practitioners, PEN-CP (, is a 5-year EU Horizon 2020 funded security practitioner network -project, with 13 European customs administrations – both EU and non-EU – as active partners. In short, PEN-CP can be described as ‘a Novel Customs Innovation Boosting Network and On-line Platform, offering Valuable Innovation Intermediary Services’.

PEN-CP’s endeavour is to establish a customs practitioner network which facilitates translating customs security research and innovation ideas and requirements into scalable, viable solutions, technologies, and process improvements that would help European customs administrations to overcome the challenges of the contemporary customs and border management security. The project started in September 2018 and will finish in January 2024.

Specifically, PEN-CP has the following four main objectives:

  • Derive and articulate common needs for customs security research, innovation and standardization.
  • Accelerate and coordinate efficient uptake of customs security innovations and related investments.
  • Build substantial synergies and interoperability with existing European, global and national networks of security practitioners.
  • Ensure long-term sustainability and success of the PEN-CP customs practitioner network

Currently, there are three Open Calls for Expert Reports (i.e. research studies) available at PEN-CP, but which will close soon:

  1. Review of Online Databases on Chemical Analysis Methods for the Identification of New Products and Materials (PEN-CP-2020-ER4) – Closes 8.12.2020
  2. Review on Communication Toolboxes Suitable for Government Agency Usage (PEN-CP-2020-ER2) – Closes 24.11.2020
  3. User Experiences by Governmental Agencies and Multi-government Organizations on Communication Toolboxes (PEN-CP-2020-ER3) – Closes 24.11.2020

If you are interested in taking part or submitting a proposal, please see full text announcements/calls at this PEN-CP webpage.

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