BNG Networking Cocktail for Young Professionals

Once again we will be returning to Wine Tales to host the next Brussels New Generation Networking Cocktail for Young Professionals in March. Join us from 18:30 onwards for an evening of fun, whist networking and socialising with other young professionals in Brussels!

The Future of EU Fintech Policy

We were pleased to welcome Jan Ceyssens Head of Digital Finance Unit at DG FISMA | European Commission. This discussion covered a wide range of topics on the future of EU fintech policy. Particularly looking at the European Commission’s Digital Agenda and the 2018 FinTech Action Plan. Fintech is cross-sector by nature as it involves various areas such as data, finance as well as AI, for this reason, it is crucial for the Commission to have a holistic approach when it comes to fintech. This is apparent with the Commission’s Digital Agenda, whereby DG FISMA worked closely with DG CONNECT on its creation. This agenda aims to create digital opportunities for businesses and people to ensure that the EU is fit for the digital age. Although the EU is lagging behind the US and China it is clear that it has the potential to catch up and soon become a global leader in this sector.

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NEW DATE - What's in store for Connected Mobility in Europe?

At the beginning of March, we were delighted to welcome Director-General Henrik Hololei (DG MOVE) for one of our most highly-anticipated events so far this year. Mr Hololei addressed a packed room of our members, leading an excellent discussion on the priorities of DG MOVE over the next few years, with a particular focus on in the area of connected mobility.

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Competition Policy for the Digital Age: The view from the European Parliament

We kicked off our month of EU Committee March Madness with a fascinating discussion on Competition Policy reform, led by French MEP Stephanie Yon-Courtin. The European Parliament has recently debated a report on the matter, released on 19th February, and based upon an overall theme of introducing new measures in order to bring competition law up to date and in line with digital transformation and ever-increasing globalisation.

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BritCham's Open Fora

Our New Year's resolution is to fill 2020 with all the events that you, our valued members, want us to put on. In order to achieve this, on Thursday 13th February, we want to hear from you!

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The Role of Sustainability in Competition Law

We were pleased to welcome Simon Holmes, judge at the UK’s Competition Appeals Tribunal. This discussion focused on the need to reconcile sustainability with competition law. The solution lies not in challenging the system but rather by working within the system. It is clear that effectively tackling climate change is a moral imperative for both current and future generations. This attitude is reflected by the European Commission as the Executive Vice-President of the EC, Margrethe Vestager stated that ‘we cannot sit on the side-lines’ when it comes to the unprecedented climate emergency we are faced with.

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The Future of Trade with Latin America and the Implementation of the EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement

We were pleased to welcome Matthias Jorgensen Head of Unit, Latin American and Neighbouring Countries at DG TRADE| European Commission. This presentation provided a detailed and insightful account of the EU-Mercosur trade agreement, Mercosur’s founding member states are Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. The EU’s uncertain trade relation with China and the US acted as an impetus for the EU to establish more predictable trading links with Latin America. The aim of this comprehensive trade agreement is to boost trade and investment, eliminate customs duties in key export sectors, improve competitiveness and well as promote sustainable development.

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British Ambassador to Belgium, H.E. Martin Shearman, on UK-Belgium Relations

The British Chamber is delighted to be hosting H.E. Martin Shearman C.V.O., our Ambassador to Belgium, for a lunch at the Stanhope Hotel. This will be a first chance to hear from the Ambassador at length, since the British General Election in December. The Ambassador will speak on government priorities and take questions on issues relevant to Britain’s relationship with Belgium as well as the wider strategic context including Europe.