A Competent Official is a named official authorised by the
Central Liaison Office (CLO) to legally exchange excise information
with other authorised officers or offices using the Regulation, for
which (s)he has been authorised pursuant to article 3 (5)
Competent Official status allows officers to discuss specific cases with similarly authorised officials from other member states face to face to discuss specific documents or risks.
To receive competent official status the Central Liaison Office (CLO) Excise will issue a letter of authority
As a Competent Official you can legally directly exchange excise information under administrative cooperation.
As a Competent Official you must consider whether cooperating or exchanging excise information under Administrative Cooperation duplicates arrangements already in existence, i.e. Movement Verification System, Early Warning System or Excise Mutual Assistance. Exchanges through the Liaison Department (LD) can be made using secure Community Communication Network (CCN) mail system rather than through normal email which is more vulnerable to abuse.
Competent Officials must respond to requests for assistance within 3 months of receipt (at the very latest) under Article 8 of The Regulation.
Competent officials must record details of the requests for information (Article 5) and spontaneous supplies of information (Article 19) exchanged with the host country.