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The EU Recovery Plan

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 09:16
Last week’s virtual summit of EU leaders discussed the proposal for a revised long term budget and EU Recovery Plan – put together by the Commission in double quick time. Much of the discussion between member states is inevitably informed by a calculation of who gets what, and who pays, so it will not be …

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Declaring your UK income in your Belgian Tax Return

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 13:21
If you have any income that you receive in the UK and are unclear how to declare this in your Belgian income tax declaration, here’s some advice from Eric Laurent. If you need more, sign up for our webinar on Wednesday 24 June, especially as the deadline for personal tax declarations is 30 June! Eric …

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The 110th Annual General Meeting

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 09:25
I wouldn’t say I’m an old hand at AGM’s but I’ve sat through quite a few and organised some too.  But this year was another new experience, and somewhat of a challenge – the Chamber’s first digital AGM.  Over the last few months’ we’ve all discovered the joys of Zoom, particularly the ease of moving …

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Working from home – the new norm

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 15:34
The impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown measures have affected each of us in different ways. It’s caused health issues that have changed the lives of many, whilst others have been left unscathed. It’s also freed the time of thousands of people who’ve been placed under the furlough scheme, whilst the days of others …

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UK joining Lugano Agreement is essential for EU Business and Consumers

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 09:30
There are many outstanding issues still to be negotiated as part of the future relationship between the EU and the UK, however one area where there shouldn’t be much disagreement is over the British government request to join the Lugano Convention. There should be an overwhelming interest for both sides to keep the existing relations …

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Fiscal representative to become mandatory for UK established companies in Belgium

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 07:27
As part of the VAT consequences of the departure of the UK from the EU, Belgian VAT authorities have officially communicated to business their position as to the need for UK established companies, that currently are VAT registered in Belgium via a direct VAT registration, to appoint an individual fiscal representative as a result of …

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Will robots steal your job? A report on the British School of Brussels Expert Panel

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 07:04
Although those headlines that tell you robots are going to steal your job can be disheartening, the overarching message that came from last week’s panel was a positive one. Though the term Artificial Intelligence may seem scary, the panel reminded us that we actually already use A.I everyday – when we search Google, choose from …

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January in review – EU events

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 07:45
The chamber kicked off 2019 by discussing the state of play in three different areas, welcoming high-level and expert speakers. With Kris Dekeyser, Director “Policy and Strategy” at DG Competition at the European Commission, we tackled merger policy.  As the trends have shown the number of merger notifications submitted to the Commission has been increasing over the …

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Your Participation Matters

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 07:00
Youth political engagement is vital for the future of Europe. Democratic participation can take many different shapes, each act adding up to something greater. Citizens are taught from a young age that in life there are rights and responsibilities. But what modern tools can they use to accomplish these responsibilities in an effective manner? Voting …

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The Tax, Finance and Legal task force needs your participation!

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 07:48
One of the British Chamber’s task forces is the Tax, Finance and Legal (TFL) task force. Its members include representatives of large to medium size accounting and tax firms, law firms, and some of the largest banks. The Tax, Finance and Legal task force delivers regular seminars on practical tax, financial, economic and legal issues …

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Fork in the road: Brexit and the choice facing Britain in March 2019

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 17:01
Helena Raulus of the UK Law Societies As the debate in the UK Parliament on the ratification of the draft Withdrawal Agreement begins, it is a useful time to analyse the consequences of the adoption (or non-adoption) of the Agreement from a legal perspective. If the Agreement is not ratified, the main concern is that …

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UK-EU Brexit talks – The priorities from a legal perspective

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 06:42
We talk to Helena Raulus of the UK Law Societies, Chair of our Single Market Task Force and member of the EU – UK Future Relations Committee What are your biggest priorities at the moment? As Head of the UK Law Societies’ Brussels Office, my daily work revolves mainly around Brexit right now. I have …

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Preparing for Brexit

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 06:49
It is less than 5 months until Brexit and the Article 50 deadline on 29 March 2019, and whilst rumours abound of deals, unfortunately – from a business perspective – the spectre of a non-orderly withdrawal outcome remains fully in view. With a few exceptions, it is a wide and deep business consensus that such …

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Autumn in Review – EU Events

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 06:01
Like every autumn in Brussels, this one didn’t disappoint with regard to its packed schedule, and we would like to believe that we didn’t either! We kicked off with the discussion on Cartel Enforcement: Current Practice and Updates where we learned that since February 2018, companies breaching antitrust regulations by taking part in cartels has …

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Meeting with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 06:00
On Thursday 25th October, the British Chamber’s CEO Glenn Vaughan met with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab for a landmark meeting alongside representatives from chambers across Europe. Glenn shares his thoughts following the meeting: There’s no certainty – but more clarity and confidence can be built Last Thursday I was part of a delegation of national …

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A Day in the Life of Silvana Koch-Mehrin

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 08:57
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Breaking Myths about Belgian Elections

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 08:45
Most non-Belgian citizens have not yet voted in Belgium because they did not receive the right information in time on why and how to vote. For example, did you know: Voting is not exactly “obligatory” for non-Belgians.

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A Day in the Life of Marietje Schaake MEP

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:00
A Day in the Life of Marietje Schaake MEP Nine years ago, I was elected as a Member of the European Parliament. Although I have been around for quite some time, I can honestly say that not a day goes by where I do not learn new things and meet new people. It is the …

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A Day in the Life of: Richard Corbett MEP

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 07:00
"After all, we don't represent the UK government, we act as representatives elected (proportionally) in our regional constituencies (by voters not exclusively British), using our judgement and expertise to do what we think is right."

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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:00
May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Check out what our guests writers from ENAR are celebrating cultural diversity in Belgium.

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