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Trade Negotiations: The Role of Private Stakeholders

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 16:59
Read this week's blog by César Guerra Guerrero, Partner & Trade Policy at Euraffex to find out more about Trade Negotiations and the Role Private Stakeholders Play within the Process.

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New Belgian Furlough Schemes: Which is Best for You?

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 12:02
On Friday 28th August the British Chamber of Commerce EU Belgium had the pleasure of hosting Sophie Maes and Sieglien Huyghe from Claeys & Engels to discuss the new changes to the Belgium temporary unemployment scheme from today, September 1st. The existing scheme will be split up into five new schemes for Belgian businesses to choose from. Read this blog for a full breakdown of each scheme.

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Belgian Savings Reach Record High Amid Coronavirus Confidence Crash

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 14:54
Read Yasmine Lingemann's blog on how Belgian's are big savers which is problematic during the Covid-19 Crisis and Brexit transition period. Find out how you can help your business to navigate through this challenging time.

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A Year Working at BritCham

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:32
By Tomos Ireland-Life Not knowing many people in Brussels at first, living in overcrowded house and missing home a bit meant that I was nervous to start my new role one year ago. Now, even though this year has panned out differently than what was expected, I can say that deciding to work for BritCham …

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No more Transition at the UK Border

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 12:04
By Liam Smyth, ChamberCustoms @chambercustoms www.chambercustoms.co.uk The UK left the European Union on 31st January 2020, and the transition period comes to an end in December this year. It is vital that businesses take action now to get ready for a new border operating environment from 1st January 2021. Until the new border operating model …

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UK-EU Border – The Devil’s in the Detail

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 13:48
The practical implications of Brexit on everyday UK-EU trade is becoming clearer week by week. This week, Amazon announced changes affecting Amazon sellers, customs briefings and enquiries ramped up, and the impact on product availability and businesses started to become evident. The detail is very welcome, and helps businesses prepare further. For some, the impact …

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UK-EU Trade – Get Ready For The End Of The Transition Period

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 11:16
The UK Government has published its long awaited border operating model. It makes clear how the border with the EU will work – at least in most cases. But some important questions remain, and the cost to business, in customs administration work alone, will be substantial. The government has responded to some key demands from …

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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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