You just received your Belgian (resident) tax return… and now what?

Blog wordpress - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:24
By Eric Laurent, Tax adviser at ERVY.  It’s that time of the year again, where you have to collect your paperwork and start filling in THAT form, which will probably come with some apprehension as you have heard that this year 70 new codes have been added to the form while about 30 have been …

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A note from the new President: Thomas Spiller

Blog wordpress - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 07:30
I am delighted to announce that I was elected President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium on the 27th of May. It is a great privilege and honour for me to lead such a thriving organisation and I would like to thank you all for electing a Council that has put their trust …

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HR in Practice… in Belgium! How does that work?

Blog wordpress - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:37
by Robbert Dekker, Operations & Strategy Executive of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium. Did you know that your annual holiday rights are based on how much you worked the year before? That from time to time, all salaries are indexed even if you received a raise the month before? A room full of …

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A day in the life of an MEP: Brando Benifei

Blog wordpress - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 08:00
Brando Benifei is a Member of the European Parliament for the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and the youngest within the party. In June, we will be hosting  our Annual Young Professional’s Visit to Strasbourg, where you will have the chance to meet and interact with a number of MEPs. For the full programme …

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Referendum: Are you ready?

Blog wordpress - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:07
By Glenn Vaughan, Chief Executive of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium So there will be a UK referendum on membership of the European Union. Business opinions seems strongly in favour of UK membership and the polls also say the British public would vote to stay in – but opinion is volatile. We need …

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A day in the life of an MEP: Philippe de Backer

Blog wordpress - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 08:00
Philippe de Backer is a Member of the European Parliament for Open VLD, and is part of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). In June, we will be hosting  our Annual visit to Strasbourg, where you will have the chance to meet and interact with a number of MEPs. For …

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Shaping Transatlantic Trade

Blog wordpress - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 08:00
By Richard Corbett, Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire & Humber, and Deputy Leader of the Labour MEPs. He is currently Vice-Chair of the European Movement in the UK Do we want a free trade deal with the USA? In principle, Europe – and especially the UK – has a lot to gain from a …

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Introducing: Sean Murray, EUK Consulting.

Blog wordpress - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:02
The last of our Council Case Studies comes from Sean Murray, who has been involved at various different levels of the chamber for more than a decade now. Today is the last day to send applications for Council elections, please follow this link for more information. Nomination forms must be filled in and sent to glenn@britishchamber.be by today (midnight). I was …

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Unequal Europe: What can we do?

Blog wordpress - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:02
A divergent Europe Historically, the European project was synonymous with increasing prosperity and cohesion, both across member states (through ‘upward convergence’) and within member states. Until 2008 we were accustomed to increasing social and economic convergence between member states, countries lagging behind were able to catch up and the development of the welfare state was …

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Introducing: Jill Craig, Hume Brophy

Blog wordpress - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:59
The chamber is actively dedicated to CSR, particularly youth unemployment, and that is something which Jill is glad to be part of. For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about being a Council member, or standing for President, contact Glenn for an informal …

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Introduction: Paul Leonard, BASF Group.

Blog wordpress - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:30
For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about being a Council member, or standing for President, contact Glenn for an informal discussion. Nomination forms must be filled in and sent to glenn@britishchamber.be by 24 April 2015. The British chamber was one of the first organisations …

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Introducing: Ed Read-Cutting, The Fry Group

Blog wordpress - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:30
For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about being a Council member, or standing for President, contact Glenn for an informal discussion. Nomination forms must be filled in and sent to glenn@britishchamber.be by 24 April 2015. My first encounter with the British Chamber of Commerce …

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Introducing: Max Von Olenhusen, Novartis.

Blog wordpress - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:49
There are four ways in which becoming a Council member can be beneficial for you. At least that’s what Max has encountered since he has been involved with the chamber.  For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about being a Council member, or standing for President, contact Glenn for …

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Introducing: Thomas Spiller, Walt Disney

Blog wordpress - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:16
Thomas has been with us for a number of years now. As a council member, he believes that the value of being on the board has increased enormously over time given how tailored the chamber can be to one’s preferences. For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want …

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Introducing: Filip Corveleyn, FCO Law

Blog wordpress - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 10:00
For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about being a Council member, or standing for President, contact Glenn for an informal discussion. Nomination forms must be filled in and sent to glenn@britishchamber.be by 24 April 2015. I first joined the chamber in 2013 after attending …

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Introducing: Maria Laptev, European Centre for Public Affairs

Blog wordpress - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:06
The chamber has diversified over the years, providing a platform for all kinds of businesses and institutions. According to Maria, this is the main reason she has been so dedicated for the past ten years. For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about …

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Introducing: Tom Parker, Cambre Associates

Blog wordpress - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:23
Nearly a decade ago, Tom joined the chamber and since then he has been able to witness the  growing transformations it has gone through. For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about being a Council member, or standing for President, contact Glenn for an informal …

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Introducing: Alain F. Berger, Alstom

Blog wordpress - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:00
As a current member of the council, Alain highlights how important it is to be committed to the chamber in order to increase it’s reputation. For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about being a Council member, or standing for President, contact Glenn …

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Introducing Steven Maisel

Blog wordpress - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:00
Right from the early days, Steven has witnessed how the chamber has grown throughout the years. For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about being a Council member, or standing for President, contact Glenn for an informal discussion. I have been a council …

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Introducing Craig Burchell

Blog wordpress - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 08:45
Craig has been an important part of the chamber and knows how vital the Council is to the functioning of the British Chamber. For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about being a Council member, or standing for President, contact Glenn for an …

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