A €324 million ($428 million), six-year program to fight fraud and counterfeiting at the European Union's borders was confirmed Tuesday (Dec. 12) by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

The EU scheme is expected to tighten procedures and clamp down on the smuggling of counterfeit products, including CDs, DVDs and software.

The Customs 2013 program aims to protect copyrighted European products by strengthening border control procedures. And it aims at ensuring customs officials are not distracted from the fight against fraud by routine bureaucratic procedures.

A single European paperless electronic customs system will be created for everyday pan-European crossings, dubbed eCustoms. It will also boost international customs cooperation with the latest tracking and exchange technology.

Members of European Parliament said that increased globalization of trade and of counterfeiting meant it is imperative to ensure that customs procedures were both swift and efficient.

The proposal includes measures designed to make the electronic customs systems of different EU member states compatible with each other; introduce EU-wide electronic risk analysis and improve information exchange between frontier control authorities; and introduce a centralized customs clearance arrangement.