Dr. Veronika Tolnainé Tóth
Dr. Veronika Tolnainé Tóth graduated as a lawyer in 1998 in Budapest at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences (ELTE). In 2001 she acquired a degree in Customs Administration Management at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration (BKÁE), then, in 2010 she earned a degree as a legal expert in tax law at the Legal Further Training School of ELTE.
For almost 18 years she worked as a government official of the Ministry of Finances and its legal successor, the Ministry of National Economy, heading the desk of Customs Law for several years. She joined the Hungarian legal team of Ecovis in 2016.
Her specialty is customs law. Apart from her work experience spanning a decade in the creation of national customs legislation she played, after Hungary’s accession to the European Union, an active role in various fields of EU customs legislation and in the work of the Customs Working Groups of the European Council, and also acquired negotiation skills at the Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD) and at harmonisation discussions conducted with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).
Her management experience and systemic knowledge in the field of strategic analyses aiming at the optimisation of customs, tax and logistics systems and in the interpretation of national and EU customs law during the acquisition of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certificates, among others, enable her to assist in the strategic decision-making of corporations. She provides insight in the course of establishing (and converting) companies by overviewing the planned customs-related activities and the corporate process model of the future company, identifying any risks and the licenses and approvals to be obtained, and, in the course of the sale and purchase of commercial properties, their suitability for customs activities.
She acts as a special consultant in the application for customs activity licenses, in supplying compulsory information and authority proceedings following ex-post customs controls, in the preparation of client applications, and in representation in legal remedy procedures.
Apart from providing consultancy and advisory services to customs agents she also participates in the revision of operative licenses in view of the new regulatory environment created by the Union Customs Code, in the establishing or revising the customs value which also serves as the basis of VAT, in the exploitation of tariff quotas and duty suspensions, and in the acquisition of new customs benefits or simplifications. As a specialist expert and consultant she also assists lawyers in the court revision of customs decisions and in the preliminary decision-making procedures of the EU.
She has been the Secretary General of the Hungarian Association of Customs Affairs since June 2016.
She is active in Hungarian and English.