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A Day in the Life of An Ambassador: Olivier Nicoloff

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 06:00
There is always an occasion in my day to remind me that to work in Brussels as Canadian Ambassador for bilateral relations is a real privilege.

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Golden Bridge Awards Spotlight: FAO27, Ale and Renson

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:34
The Golden Bridge Awards recognise the trade and investment success of UK companies doing business in Belgium, and Belgian & Luxembourg companies doing business in the UK. As the 2017 awards ceremony draws closer, we learn a little more about three of this year’s finalists, FAO27, Abnormal Load Engineering (ALE) and Renson. The company was …

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Golden Bridge Awards 2016 Winners: Where are they now – Orega and Bel’Export

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:34
  The Golden Bridge Trade & Investment Awards present an exciting opportunity for UK companies trading or investing in Belgium, and Belgian & Luxembourg companies trading or investing in the UK to showcase their bilateral success to an international jury and celebrate their achievements during an exclusive ceremony hosted by the British Ambassador to Belgium, …

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A week in the life of a Deputy Director General

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 06:05
What does a Deputy Director General do in the European Commission?  My job is to help the Director General run a Directorate General in the European Commission.   A Directorate General, DG for short, is the equivalent of a Ministry in a country.  My DG, DG CONNECT, looks after telecoms, digital and tech policy, online content, ICT research …

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Inside Europe: National Politics in Spain

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 06:21
On October the 1st, nearly 900 people were injured and roughly 770,000 votes were confiscated because of the raids by Spanish police. It is the first time that we have seen a full member state of the European Union using its police forces against peaceful voters.

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Shoot4Change and Crowdphotography

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:30
"Those who take a picture acquire awareness of the social reality in which they live."

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Employment opportunities: British Black youth and the ‘ethnic penalty’

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 06:30
According to a recent report by the UK's Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee (1), "There are stark differences in youth unemployment by ethnic group. In the year to June 2016, the unemployment rate among 16-24 year olds was 30% for black people, 26% for people from Bangladeshi or Pakistani ethnic background, and 13% for white people. While unemployment rates fall substantially with age for all ethnicities, the relative positions of the groups largely persist (2017, 11)."

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A Day in the life of MEP Dita Charanzová

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 06:30
  Dita Charanzová is a Member of the European Parliament for the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. MEP Charanzová is the Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. She is also a member of several delegations including; the Delegation to the Cariforum-EU Parliamentary Committee, Delegation for relations with Mercosur …

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Baking Spotlight

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:59
  Top left: Uzma kicks off the the Monday meeting baking rota with home made chocolate cereal treats. Top right: Kelly shares her home made cakes. A delightful chocolate cake and a moist sponge cake. Bottom centre: Kelvin is all smiles with his fresh croissants from a local bakery.Filed under: Uncategorized
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Brexit – the Voices of European Business

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 06:00
New research by the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE) aims to give European businesses a voice. Key areas of common interest are identified, highlighting the priorities for a Brexit that secures prosperity for Europe. Business leaders across Europe need to be listened to. They also need clear signals from the EU and UK …

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Golden Bridge Trade and Investment Awards 2017 – Last Call for Applications

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 06:00
Gain visibility and recognition for excellence in trade and export by applying for the Golden Bridge Trade and Investment Awards. What is the Golden Bridge Trade and Export Awards? The 2017 Golden Bridge Trade and Investment Awards present an exciting opportunity for UK companies trading or investing in Belgium, and Belgian and Luxembourgian companies trading …

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New Erasmus interns arrive at the British Chamber 2017-2018

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 08:11
  After a quiet summer (especially for certain negotiators..) the British Chamber welcomes their new interns (from L to R), Nikki Rai, Kelvin Akinpelu, Matt Richards, Joe Lush and Kelly-Ann Fonderson who are all university students from the UK who are doing their one year placement as part of their degree. Nikki is studying French …

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Spotlight on the UK-EU Relations Committee with the Chair Tom Parker

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 07:30
This week we sat down with Chair of the UK-EU Relations Committee, Tom Parker, to gain an insight into what the upcoming plans are for the committee. What are the UK-EU Relations Working Group’s plans for the next year? Our plan is to remain at the heart of the Brexit discussion, recognised by our members …

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Golden Bridge Awards: Where are they now – Shanks Group plc

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 07:30
The 2017 Golden Bridge Trade and Investment Awards present an exciting opportunity for UK companies trading or investing in Belgium, and Belgian & Luxembourg companies trading or investing in the UK to showcase their bilateral success to an international jury and celebrate their achievements during an exclusive ceremony hosted by the British Ambassador to Belgium, …

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Spotlight on Brussels New Generation with Chair, Joseph Lemaire

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 07:30
This week we sat down with Chair of Brussels New Generation Joseph Lemaire to gain an insight into what the upcoming plans are for our young professionals network. What are you most proud of in your time as Brussels New Generation chair so far? The work done by the whole Brussels New Generation team. Every …

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British Chamber calls for focus on jobs and economy for UK and EU27

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:24
The British Chamber of Commerce in Brussels is calling on both Britain and the EU to focus on jobs and the economy in Brexit negotiations. “We need the best possible agreement between the UK and the EU, that takes into account the highly interconnected nature of our economies. If we’re to avoid unnecessary damage to …

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Get to know the Chief Executive: Glenn Vaughan

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:30
This week we sat down with our Chief Executive Glenn Vaughan to learn what makes the British Chamber and him tick, his vision for the chamber and where Aston Villa’s rightful place in football is.   What one word describes you best? Optimistic. And if I had my full wishlist, Aston Villa would make a …

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The History of the British Chamber in Belgium

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 07:30
The British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium has not always been around, although it may feel like it! The origin of the British Chamber is in 1898 and has since then carried out work across the years, only taking a break when war has broken out across Europe! There are not many documents remaining from …

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A day in the life of MEP Seb Dance

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:15
Seb Dance has been an MEP since 2014 and is a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the Committee on Development. Days at the Parliament can start with a breakfast meeting, a committee-related site visit or a press interview. Then it will often be straight to a meeting …

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The importance of diversity in the workplace

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 08:00
With the ‘World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development’ this Sunday, the 21st of May, we look at the importance of diversity in the workplace with MEP Dimitrios Papadimoulis. Mr Papadimoulis is the European Parliament’s Vice-President of Parliament responsible for gender equality and diversity, and the Chair of the Bureau’s High-Level Group on …

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