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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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Ron Aston, Chairman of The Wednesday Club Interview

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 07:00
Ron Aston is the chairman of the Wednesday Club. The Wednesday Club is an English speaking social club open to elderly people of all nationalities. The club meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month. It was created with the aim of combatting the prevalence of loneliness amongst the elderly. The Wednesday Club …

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A Day in the Life of a British Chamber Intern

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 07:00
Matt, EU Events Officer shares what a day in the life of a British Chamber intern looks like.

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Making Tax Digital: changes to UK VAT compliance

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:00
  One of the biggest changes to the way UK companies interact with HMRC, the UK tax authority, is coming into effect from 1 April 2019. Making Tax Digital (MTD) is HMRC’s initiative to bring technology and tax together, allowing HMRC to become a “world leading, digital tax authority”. What does it mean? The changes …

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Understanding the burnout experience

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 07:00
It is something of a contradiction. Work is central to our lives and identity, but it can also be the source of serious ill health. With more and more people being declared unfit to work due to stress, anxiety and depression, the need to address good mental health practices is becoming urgent. While burnout can …

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COBCOE Report

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:00
COBCOE recently released a new report titled “Review of European business views on the Transition Period” which comprised of business input from businesses in the UK and across the EU. Some of the input came from our Brexit Ambition Roundtable February 2018 event held at the chamber. This report was shared with government official and …

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