Priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency in Environment: Water Management, Chemicals, Climate Change and GMOs

During this Industrial Competitiveness Task Force briefing our three speakers from the Bulgarian Permanent Representation, Kalin Iliev, Counsellor, Head of Sector Environment and Waters; Dotchka Vassileva, First Secretary, Chemicals & Water management and Silvia Bakardzhieva, First Secretary, Climate change and GMO will discuss the priorities of their Presidency in environment, chemicals, water management, climate change and GMOs.

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The role of science in evidence based EU policy making with Professor Rolf Heuer

The High Level Group of Scientific Advisors of the EC Scientific Advice Mechanism provides the Commission with high quality, timely and independent scientific advice on specific policy issues where such advice is critical to the development of Union policies or legislation.

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Brexit & Scotland Briefing with David Mundell, UK Secretary of State for Scotland

David Mundell, the UK Secretary of State for Scotland will give a briefing on the topic of Brexit & Scotland. Places are very limited.One representative per company on a first come first serve basis. RSVP to Uzma Lodhi at uzma@britishchamber.euRegistration for this event is now closed. 

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The Priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency with Ambassador Dimiter Tzantchev

With the Bulgarian presidency approaching in January 2018, it is essential to gain early information on what to expect in terms of the presidencies strategic agenda and goals. Ambassador Dimiter Tzantchev is in the prime position to inform members on the priorities of the Bulgarian presidency in this EU Committee briefing.

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Politics and Economics Collide: the threats and opportunities from Trump and Brexit

The global economy looks to be gaining increasing momentum with Europe and Asia now adding to what is already a positive growth story in the US. Consequently, central banks are increasingly thinking it is time to respond and unwind some of the unprecedented monetary stimulus, but there is uncertainty over how fast and how far they should go. Political risk also remains high. Referendums, elections, a potential US government shutdown and Brexit suggest nothing can be taken for granted. 

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Priorities of the IMCO Committee with Anneleen Van Bossuyt MEP, Chair of the IMCO Committee

Anneleen Van Bossuyt MEP, Chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), will present the IMCO Committee's priorities, halfway through their mandate. The IMCO Committee is responsible for the coordination of national legislation in the sphere of internal market and for the protection of consumers' economic interests.

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The Priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency in Competitiveness with Kalin Tomov, Counsellor, Head of sector Competitiveness, Internal Market and Consumer Protection

With Bulgaria coming next at the EU Presidency cycle, Kalin Tomov, Counsellor, Head of sector Competitiveness, Internal Market and Consumer Protection at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Union, will provide an overview of the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency in Competitiveness.

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Belgian Corporate Tax Reform: what does it mean for you?

Recently, the government has proposed a thorough reform of Belgian corporation tax as from 2018. The most striking change is the reduction of corporate income tax up to 20% in certain cases. But the proposal also contains a whole series of 'compensatory measures'. This will not only create winners, but also losers.

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Dr Kay Swinburne MEP on ECON Priorities

During this lunch briefing, Dr Kay Swinburne MEP, Vice-Chair of ECON, will discuss the current priorities and challenges facing the Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee. This includes the future of supervision in the EU, the effects of Brexit and the ESA’s review. The ECON Committee covers issues related to economic governance, monetary regulation, Banking Union, financial services as well as taxation and competition.

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Training | Understand your communication style and use it to achieve results

This is an interactive, experiential and hands-on workshop to explore how you can impact people through your communication style. Find out how to tune in to people and achieve results by getting the communication right.Objectives of this workshop: Become aware of your natural communication styleLearn how to switch frequencies to get your message acrossLearn how communication can lead to conflictThis workshop is designed for people needing to impact stakeholders and especially managers leading teams.



The Ambassador Hosts: Maggie De Block - Social system sustainability and collaboration with business

We are delighted to present an exclusive breakfast briefing hosted by British Ambassador to Belgium Alison Rose featuring the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Maggie De Block as the keynote speaker.Minister De Block will talk about the sustainability of the social system in Belgium, how this is linked to boosting economic growth across the country and how businesses can contribute to ensuring that today’s social systems are meeting the needs of society.

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Brexit and Beyond – Briefing by Dr Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce, London

During this Brexit briefing, Dr Adam Marshall will discuss what matters most to British business and what can Britain and Europe achieve in the future.The UK business community “wants a transition agreed in principle and trade talks under way by the end of 2017. If there is not that clarity, we will start to see the activation of contingency plans and likely significant impact on business investment”, says Dr Marshall. 



Training | Getting to know the EU: Institutions, Processes and Practices

A half day, practical training session that will help you better understand and navigate the EU and all its complexities. The training course will focus on: The functioning of the three primary EU institutions: the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the EU. How the institutions take decisions and how the legislative processes work both in theory and in practice.The key stakeholders and persons of influence within the institutions. 


Brexit and the WTO: implications for EU and UK trade policy and international trade

We have reached capacity for this event. We don't accept registration for this event. Hume Brophy senior consultant on trade, Stuart Harbinson, will discuss the implications and challenges of Brexit for the UK and the EU as they relate to the World Trade Organization (WTO). This breakfast seminar will delve into issues such as the disentanglement of post-Brexit WTO schedules, including tariff rate quotas and services commitments, what ‘falling back on WTO terms’ could really mean for UK companies, as well as the future of the international trade landscape after Brexit.

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The UK Transitional Agreement – A dose of reality

What does a two or three-year transitional arrangement look like for the UK, for Europe, for businesses? What are the different options available and why is it important to have one created? What will businesses face during the transitional stage?


POSTPONED: Competition and Trade Task Force Briefing Political Advisor Series - Trade Priorities in INTA: ALDE’s Perspective with Ursa Pondelek, ALDE Group Policy Advisor, International Trade Committee (INTA)

This event has been postponed, we will come back to you shortly with a new date. As part of our Political Advisor Series we will be joined by Ursa Pondelek, ALDE Group Policy Advisor, International Trade Committee (INTA) for a Competition and Trade Task Force lunch providing an insight into the priorities of ALDE in the INTA Committee.

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The Ambassador Hosts: Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister - International Trade: A Belgian Outlook

Join us for an exclusive lunch briefing with British Ambassador to Belgium Alison Rose and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, Didier Reynders.Minister Reynders will talk about how Belgium is working to attract foreign investment and the economic outlook of the country for the near future. The Minister will also discuss the future of international trade from a Belgian perspective, including the threats and opportunities presented in the modern era of trade.

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Raise the Stakes! At the Autumn Cocktail

Join us and fellow members at Viage Casino for an evening of fun at a Chamber event with a difference. 


Review of the EU’s Existing Chemicals Legislation with Maurits-Jan Prinz, Policy Officer, Chemicals Unit, Dir D2, DG GROW

The EU Committee is delighted to be joined by Maurits-Jan Prinz, Policy Officer, Chemicals Unit, Dir D2, DG GROW, for a lunch session discussing the current state and future of existing chemical legislation. In his review, Mr Prinz will put special focus on the existing EU legislative framework for chemicals and the on-going evaluation actions - Fitness Check on Chemicals Legislation.

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Expat Financial Affairs 2017

Our annual Expat Financial Affairs event offers essential advice in English on managing your finances as an expat living in Belgium. Get direct access to our trusted expert partners, mingle with fellow expats over food and drinks, and learn more from our short and informative presentations on investments, pensions, financing your Belgian residence and becoming a successful entrepreneur.

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Overview of The European Consumer Organisation's priorities in the Digital Single Market, Competition, Trade and Health issues with Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC

Over this EU Committee lunch, Monique Goyens, Director General of The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), will present the organisation's priorities in the key areas of Digital Single Market, Competition, Trade and Health. The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) represents the interests of all Europe’s consumers and it investigates EU decisions and developments likely to affect them. BEUC counts 43 members.

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Patron Dinner "2017: A Year of Elections" Series - Germany after the Federal Elections: a Belgian View from Berlin with Ghislain D’Hoop, Ambassador of Belgium to Germany

We are delighted to welcome Ghislain D’Hoop, Ambassador of Belgium to Germany to discuss Germany after the Federal Elections: a Belgian View from Berlin, as part of our series "2017: A Year of Elections".Over a three-course dinner, Ambassador Ghislain D’Hoop will provide a short keynote speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.To register please contact our communications officer, Kelly-Ann Fonderson at:kelly-ann.fonderson@britishchamber.be

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Using Litigation Strategically: A guide to the EU courts for public affairs professionals

White & Case partner James Killick will discuss how to further your strategic agenda through challenges to EU decisions.As well as explaining how the General Court works, this seminar will explore the public affairs benefits and challenges around a Court challenge.If you are a public affairs professional, want to learn how the EU courts work and the best way to use litigation strategically, then join us for this seminar which will be followed by a networking cocktail.

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Role as EPP Coordinator for IMCO with a focus on the services package and the future of EU standards with Andreas Schwab MEP

In January, the European Commission proposed the "Services Package" which contains four initiatives aimed at improving the free movement of services in the single market. We are delighted to be joined by Andreas Schwab MEP, IMCO Rapporteur, to discuss the Commission's ambition in shaping "a European services economy that works for Europeans".

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The Future of Food Safety with Ladislav Miko, Deputy Director-General for Food Safety, DG SANTE

At this lunch briefing, Ladislav Miko, Deputy Director-General for Food Safety at DG SANTE, will discuss the current policy and future challenges of food safety in Europe.Mr Miko will focus on the goals DG SANTE intends to pursue on food safety in order to make sure EU citizens continue to benefit from high standards of affordable food as well as ensuring that Europe's food is safe.

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Gian Marco Currado, Counsellor - Social and Environment, UK Representation to the EU on the Evolution of Environment and Health Policy Agenda

As Art 50 negotiations have started, how can the United Kingdom maintain influence is one of the core questions for discussion. During this breakfast session Gian Marco Currado, Counsellor - Social and Environment, UK Representation to the EU, will brief us on the evolution of environment and health policy agenda in light of Brexit.

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EU Committee with Jean Bergevin, Head of Unit, Antitrust: Financial Services, Dir D 2, DG COMP on the Challenges and Priorities in Antitrust in Financial Services

Strengthening competition in financial services is one of the core elements of creating a more stable and transparent financial system in Europe. Antitrust policy in financial services is one of the main pillars for enforcing competition rules in European markets, with the aim of benefiting both businesses and consumers. Jean Bergevin, will discuss his priorities and the major challenges as Head of Unit responsible for antitrust cases in financial services.

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Jean-Luc Demarty, Director General, DG TRADE, on the Future of European Trade Policy

During this breakfast session Jean-Luc Demarty, Director-General for DG TRADE, will provide an overview on the Future of European Trade Policy, touching upon issues such as negotiating, implementing and enforcing bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral trade agreements on goods, services, investments, public procurement and intellectual property as well as trade defense measures, such as anti-dumping.

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How will Brexit impact your tax bill? Some reflections on the Belgian direct tax consequences and the way to restructure your business going forward.

In this seminar we will speak about the corporate tax impact of the UK leaving the EU. A hard Brexit will implicate that a number of directives and treaties will no longer be applicable, urging companies to assess their future tax positions and applicable tax provisions in the new UK-Belgian relationship. Also in a number of other Brexit scenarios, the impact can be substantial.Topics that will be addressed include:

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Antitrust: Excessive Pricing in Pharma with Paul Csiszár Director, Dir E - Basic Industries, Manufacturing and Agriculture, DG COMP

Excessive pricing in the pharmaceutical sector is increasingly becoming a key sector of interest for antitrust cases in Europe. During this EU Committee lunch, Paul Csiszár Director, Dir E - Basic Industries, Manufacturing and Agriculture, DG COMP, will provide an overview of recent developments in competition law in the pharmaceutical industry.

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BNG Lunch and Learn: Leadership & Communication Training for Young Professionals with Regis Pradal, CEO of InternsGoPro and Nicholas Wenzel, Managing Director of InternsGoPro

Regis Pradal, CEO of InternsGoPro, and Nicholas Wenzel, Managing Director of InternsGoPro, will present best practices on how to lead teams and maximise a team’s motivation, productivity & learning curve. The session will be interactive, drawing on participants' experiences. They will cover a wide range of questions including how to structure feedback sessions and allow a powerful and appraising form of communication.


Brussels New Generation Summer Cocktail

Would you like to take a break from work but it's not quite time for your holiday yet? Come along to our Brussels New Generation Summer Cocktail and enjoy the lovely summer weather with a few ice-cold drinks whith us! Happy hour:18.00-18.3020.00-20.30




How to deal with Brexit from an Indirect Tax Perspective. Some reflections on the potential impact of Brexit from a Customs and VAT Perspective

Brexit raised a large number of questions, particularly with regard to its impact on business, including the challenges now faced by companies with operations and flows of goods and services to and from the UK. Should companies evaluate the impact now and act or await further developments? Understanding the potential impact of Brexit from a Customs and VAT perspective is unarguably a must. This seminar will touch on the subjects below:

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Leen Meulenbergs on "Priorities as WHO Representative to the EU"

We are delighted to welcome Leen Meulenbergs, WHO Representative to the EU from August 2016 and Executive Manager of Strategic Partnerships at WHO/EURO, to discuss her priorities in coordinating WHO's relations with EU institutions.

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British Chamber Summer Cocktail

The Summer has arrived and the British Chamber invites you to celebrate with us at our Summer Cocktail!

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Priorities of the Estonian Presidency with Ambassador Kaja Tael

With the constant presidential changes, it is essential to gain early information on what to expect from the new Presidency. Ambassador Kaja Tael is in the prime position to inform members on the Estonian Priorities for the second half of 2017. 

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Priorities of the Estonian Presidency in Agriculture with Liisi Lees and Ave Schank-Lukas, Counsellors for Agricultural Affairs

With Estonia becoming the next incumbent in the Presidency cycle, we are delighted to welcome Liisi Lees and Ave Schank-Lukas, Counsellors for Agricultural Affairs, to discuss the priorities of the Estonian Presidency in Agriculture.After providing a short key note speech there will be a moderated Q&A session.About the speakers:

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Panel Debate on the effects of Brexit on business relations between Spain and the UK

Following on from our hugely successful panel debate on the effects of Brexit on business relations between Germany and the UK earlier this year, we are honoured to co-host with the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg the panel debate on the effects of Brexit on business relations between Spain and the UK.  

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Alison Rose "Surprise UK elections"

On the steps of Downing St on 18 April, the British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that there would be a General Election in the UK on Thursday 8 June.One of the issues in this election will be the UK's approach to Brexit. The economy and the UK's future industrial strategy will also feature.During this conference, the UK’s Ambassador will explain the results of the election and its implications for the future.This conference is organized in collaboration with the Cercle De Lorraine.


The Priorities of the Estonian Presidency in Environment and in Energy with Kristi Klaas, Head of Environment Section and Thor-Sten Vertmann, Head of Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Section

During this Industrial Competitiveness Task Force Briefing, Kristi Klaas, Head of Environment Section, Counsellor for Environmental Affairs, and Thor-Sten Vertmann, Head of Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Section, Counsellor for Energy at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU, will discuss the priorities of the upcoming Estonian Presidency in Environment and in Energy.

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Training | Public Speaking II

As our Training | Public Speaking was so popular in April, we are now able to confirm a second training with the same trainer. Learn how to put your ideas across in a powerful, effective and engaging way. The training will revisit the principles of successful public speaking and build on your existing skills and natural communications style. Video recording and playback will be used to enable you to see and hear yourself in action.



BNG Breakfast with Thomas Spiller, Vice President, Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company

This time, our CEO Breakfast series will be hosted by Thomas Spiller, Vice President, Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company, who is also the President of the British Chamber. Join us for a discussion about his professional journey and gain some insight to some of his top tips for young professionals about how to manage their career. Location: Regus Office - Rond Point Schuman 6, 1040 Brussels


The Priorities of the Estonian Presidency in Competitiveness and the Single Market with Märt Loite, Head of Competitiveness Section, Counsellor for Economic Affairs

With Estonia coming next at the EU Presidency cycle, Märt Loite, Head of Competitiveness Section, Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the European Union, will provide an overview of the priorities of the Estonian Presidency in Competitiveness and the Single Market.

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Annual General Meeting

The 107th Annual General meeting will present the results of the Presidential elections of the British Chamber. Following the changes in the articles of association, members will also be given the opportunity to vote for a new Council to be put into place. Annual financial statements will also be presented.


Patron Dinner "2017: A Year of Elections" Series - The Dutch General Election with Robert de Groot, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to the EU

As part of our Patron Dinner Series on "2017: A Year of Elections", we are delighted to welcome Robert de Groot, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to the EU to discuss the Dutch General Election of March. Over a three-course dinner, Ambassador Robert de Groot will provide a short keynote speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

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Dr. Krišjānis Kariņš MEP on the EU's Electricity Market Regulation

At this lunch session, hosted by the European Parliament,  Dr. Krišjānis Kariņš, rapporteur on the proposed updates to the directive that sets out common rules for the electricity market, will share his thoughts on the EU's Electricity Market Regulation.

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BNG Charity Pub Quiz

Our famous Brussels New Generation Charity Pub Quiz is back for another fun and challenging after-work event supporting Community Help Service (CHS), a non-profit organisation assisting people with mental health problems in Brussels.This time, we will be hosted by James Joyce Irish Pub near Schuman metro station.


EU Lunch with Thomas Kramler, Head of the Digital Single Market Task Force, DG COMP, on e-Commerce Sector Inquiry – The Final Report and Announced Enforcement Actions

As part of the EU’s Single Market Strategy, the identification of cross-border barriers and restrictive business practices are of increasing importance in order to ensure online competition. With the aim of understanding existing market trends, the European Commission launched a sectoral inquiry into e-commerce in May 2015.  This was followed by a Preliminary Report and a Public Consultation on the issue during the second half of 2016.  

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Mid-term review of the Capital Markets Union with Ugo Bassi, Director, Dir C Financial Markets, DG FISMA

After the launch of the Commission's Public consultation on the Capital Markets Union Mid-Term Review in January and the Public hearing on the CMU Mid-Term Review in April, we are delighted to welcome Mr Ugo Bassi, Director, Dir C Financial Markets, DG FISMA, sharing his thoughts on the current state, future and challenges of building a single market for capital in Europe.

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What is new for Expats concerning the Automatic International Financial Information Exchange Systems (CRS, FATCA)? What about the new domestic Belgian tax provisions for Expats? How to go about Financial Planning as an Expat?

This seminar will provide you with practical advice on the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) in Belgium and the resulting Automatic International Financial Information Exchange. It will also update you on FATCA (for US persons) and inform you on the changes in the domestic Belgian tax provisions that concern Expats in Belgium. In conclusion, as an Expat in Belgium, how should you approach your Financial Planning?

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Training | Brexit, Political Risks and their Impact on Business

Business risks caused by political events have traditionally been a concern for companies investing in emerging markets. In the last few years political risks have also become a reality in advanced economies: unexpected results at the ballot box, international economic sanctions and new barriers to trade (to name a few) impact the environment in which businesses operate and can sometimes directly threaten their operations.


Roundtable: Impact of Brexit on Customs and Trade with Bruegel

It now seems likely that the UK's withdrawal from the EU will include leaving the Customs Union, with a view to trading on the basis of a free trade agreement with the EU. The access of European businesses to the EU and UK markets, participating in trading mechanisms, trading and providing services across Europe under compatible and equivalent conditions, so as to maintain free and fair economic relations are all subject to change in the negotiations



Industrial Competitiveness Task Force Briefing on the EU's Plastic Strategy with Werner Bosmans, Policy Officer, Dir B1 Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption, DG ENV

The EU's plastic strategy is in the core of the Circular Economy package, aiming for a more sustainable and resource efficient European economy. We are delighted to welcome Werner Bosmans, policy officer - DG ENV - B1, sharing his views on the topic as the coordinator of the the development of the EU's Strategy on Plastics.

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José Inácio Faria MEP on Access to Medicines

José Inácio Faria MEP, will discuss health priorities of the ENVI Committee, including the issue of ensuring access to medicines. Mr Faria was shadow rapporteur on the Parliament's report on EU Options for Improving Access to Medicines. Mr Faria will provide a short keynote speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

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THE EXPATS GOLF TROPHY 2017

We are delighted to announce that the second edition of the Expats Golf Trophy will take place on the beautifulfairways of Golf Club d’Hulencourt on Friday 28th April 2017. The golf day will start with a buffet lunch in theclubhouse and will be followed by 18 holes on “Le Vallon” course, a champagne cocktail and prize-giving ceremony.Launched in April 2016, the Expats Golf Trophy is an annual event bringing together Belgian based expatriate golfers,


International Trade in a Changing World

After the success of our Brexit panel in November, we would like to invite you to the next edition: “International Trade in a Changing World- How will a rise in nationalism, Brexit and Trump presidency affect global trade?”   Please join a panel of experts on Thursday, April 27 at 19:00 in the theater. Please go to www.stjohns.be/trade to register. We look forward to welcoming you back to St. John’s!

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Priorities of the ENVI Committee with Adina-Ioana Vălean MEP, new Chair of the ENVI Committee

Please note that the event will start half an hour later that the original timings, therefore from 13:00 to 14:30.Adina-Ioana Vălean MEP, the new Chair of the ENVI Committee, will present the ENVI Committee's priorities, halfway through their mandate.Mrs Vălean will provide a short keynote speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

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Training | Public Speaking

Learn how to put your ideas across in a powerful, effective and engaging way. The training will revisit the principles of successful public speaking and build on your existing skills and natural communications style. Video recording and playback will be used to enable you to see and hear yourself in action. With Beverley Robinson from RobinsonHenry.


British Chamber Spring Cocktail

Celebrate Spring with the British Chamber at this year's Spring Cocktail! We'll be hosted by Regus at the prestigious IT Tower on Avenue Louise. The IT Tower is one of the tallest sky-scrapers in Brussels and provides spectacular views over the city and La Cambre Abbey.We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sustainable Development Goals – EU Implementation of the 2030 Agenda with Ulf Björnholm, Head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Brussels Office

After an active involvement in drawing up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in order to show the EU’s commitment towards both the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability, the Sustainable Development Goals are reflected in almost all sectors of EU policy-making, including but not limited to: pursuit of responsible fiscal policies, healthcare and pension systems reforms, low carbon mobility, circular economy package, trade for all strategy.

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Brexit for Associations - Post Triggering

The Association Leadership Academy and the Federation of International Associations in Belgium (FAIB) are pleased to invite you to the jointly hosted special info-debate on “Brexit for Associations”. Please follow this link to their blog for full details.


Roundtable: Impact of Brexit on the Life Sciences sector

As the United Kingdom moves towards initiating the Article 50 procedure the implications of the country's departure from the EU for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries could be substantial. Among the most pressing issues are:



Training | Finding your data and making better decisions

Nowadays data surrounds us. From (social) media to our own company systems, almost everything we do leaves a data-print. Still, very few companies succeed in tapping into this datastream and leverage it to improve their decision making. In this training we will go over the advantages of making decisions backed up by data, the common reasons why we fail to do so, and show you hands-on how you can start using your data in an easy and convenient way using available tools.What you will learn:


Nikolaos Isaris, Deputy Head of Unit at DG CONNECT, on The Internet of Things

As part of the Digital Single Market Strategy, Nikolaos Isaris, Deputy Head of Unit at DG CONNECT, will discuss The Internet of Things, the next step towards the digitisation of our society and economy. Mr. Isaris will provide a short keynote speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

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Expat Financial Affairs Ghent

This event will offer essential advice, in English, on managing your finances as an expat in Belgium.Join the short and informative presentations on investment taxations, self-employment and estate planning and get valuable expert advice and direct access to trusted expert partners. 

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Extraordinary General Meeting

Following a periodic review of governance arrangements by our Council, members will be asked to approve new articles of association to modernise the working of the British Chamber. Formal notice will be sent in due course and the proposed changes to the articles of association will be further outlined during this session.   To find out who is the voting member from your organisation, please get in touch.  


Bendt Bendtsen, MEP on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

At this lunch session Bendt Bendtsen, MEP, rapporteur for the Energy Performance of Building Directive, will discuss the proposed updates on the directive, which were included in the European Commission's Winter Package, and how these contribute to reaching the EU's new 30% energy efficiency target by 2030.

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European Conference on Fighting Organised Crime and Terrorism 2017

To have more information about this event, please click the following link here. Join us for our third European Conference on Fighting Organised Crime and Terrorism, co-hosted by Europol and the EU Committee, with the support of DG HOME.

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Beyond Brexit: Opportunities for Belgian Entrepreneurs

Register here The British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium is delighted to invite you to attend an exclusive lunch event organised by Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry (BECI) on the topic of Brexit and its effects on Belgium and Brussels.


The effects of Dual Use and Strategic Export Control on Trade – A Cross-sectoral Approach with Jolana Mungengova Policy Assistant for the Cabinet of Commissioner Cecilia Malmström

At this breakfast briefing Ms Mungengova will provide a cross-sectoral analysis on the impact of the EU’s dual-use export control policies, with special focus on the directly affected industries:  energy, aerospace, defence and  security, lasers  and  navigation, telecommunications, life sciences, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, material-processing  equipment  and   industrial   products,  electronics, semiconducto

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The Ambassador Hosts: Rudi Vervoort, Ministre-Président du Gouvernement de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale - What Next for Brussels and Businesses?

Rejoignez-nous pour un petit déjeuner exclusif présenté par l'ambassadeur britannique en Belgique, Alison Rose et incluant un discours de Rudi Vervoort, Ministre-Président de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale.Le ministre Vervoort parlera des mesures mises en place par la région de Bruxelles-Capitale en vue de promouvoir le commerce à la suite des attentats de mars 2016.

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Reducing CO2 Emissions from Passenger Cars with Artur Runge-Metzger, Director, Dir C - Climate Strategy, Governance and Emissions from Non-Trading Sectors, DG CLIMA

At our EU Committee Breakfast Briefing, Artur Runge-Metzger, Director, Dir C at DG CLIMA, will discuss the EU's 2021 targets on the reduction of CO2 from passenger cars and measures to achieve them as well as their effects on fuel consumption, manufacturing and eco-innovations.

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Werner Stengg on his Priorities as Head of Unit for E-Commerce and Platforms, DG CONNECT

As part of the Digital Single Market Strategy, Werner Stengg will discuss his Priorities as Head of Unit for E-Commerce and Platforms, DG CONNECT. The DSM Strategy wants to allow better access for consumers and business to online goods and services across Europe.Mr. Stengg will provide a short keynote speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

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Employing EEA and non-EEA nationals in Belgium: What do I need to consider? What could be applicable to British citizens post-Brexit?

The rules to employ EEA nationals vs non-EEA nationals in Belgium are substantially different. The formalities for self-employed persons in Belgium vary also depending whether or not you are an EEA national. Although it is yet too early to know if Brexit would imply more immigration restrictions for UK nationals, during this session our panel of experts will address the issues to consider when employing EEA nationals and non-EEA nationals in Belgium. Topics that will be addressed include:

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Commissioner Dinner with Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis on "Health and Food Safety: Looking Back and Looking Ahead"

Over a three-course dinner, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis will deliver a keynote speech on "Health and Food Safety: Looking Back and Looking Ahead". More than halfway through, the Commissioner will discuss what he has fostered regarding health and food safety as well as the upcoming challenges to improve public health and ensure Europe's food is safe.

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Industrial Competitiveness Task Force Briefing on the Energy Efficiency Directive with Paul Hodson, Head of Unit Energy Efficiency & Intelligent Energy, DG Energy, European Commission

As part of the Winter Package, the Commission proposed an update to the Energy Efficiency Directive setting a new 30% energy efficiency target for 2030. At our lunch briefing Paul Hodson, Head of Energy Efficiency & Intelligent Energy Unit, will provide an overview of the proposed updates and measures ensuring the realisation of the new target.

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Making a Difference - What is Investing with Impact and why should I be taking an interest?

In the long term, the most successful companies will be those that achieve the right balance between their social, environmental, governance and financial performance. Learn how to invest ethically, become more sustainable and subsequently more successful. What is the place for a socially responsible investment as part of a 21st Century Portfolio?

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BNG Lunch & Learn - Pitch Perfect: How to engage with journalists in the Bubble with Viktoria Dendrinou from the Wall Street Journal

How many times have you had to “cold call” journalists for a pitch and were given the cold shoulder? What could have been improved? The Lunch and Learn, sponsored by FleishmanHillard, will focus on the fundamentals of pitching a product, an idea, or a press release. In this session, targeted at young professionals required to effectively promote their companies’ or clients’ initiatives, Viktoria Dendrinou from the Wall Street Journal will explain what to do (and not to do) when engaging with Brussels media.

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Kristian Hedberg, Deputy Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Bieńkowska on Collaborative Economy

In conjunction with the European agenda for the collaborative economy presented by the European Commission in June, we are delighted to welcome Kristian Hedberg, Deputy Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Bieńkowska. The agenda offers guidance aimed at supporting consumers, businesses and public authorities to engage confidently in the collaborative economy.Mr. Hedberg will provide a short keynote speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

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Food Labelling: Country of Origin with Renate Sommer MEP, Camille Perrin, BEUC and Alexander Anton, European Dairy Association

Country of origin labelling: a question of transparency or nationalism? From January 2017, France will be trailing mandatory country of origin labelling for processed meat and dairy products. More European countries, such as Italy, Greece, Finland, Lithuania and Portugal, are now requesting similar procedures to guarantee trust and transparency to consumers. The opponents lament the negative impact the country of origin labelling would have on the EU Single Market. 

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Financial Markets Task Force Briefing on Retail Financial Services with Ralf Jacob, Head of Retail Financial Services and Payments Unit, Directorate D 3,DG FISMA

Ralf Jacob is a German national who joined the European Commission in 1989 after having studied economics and politics in Hamburg, Paris and London. He became a Head of Unit in 2005 in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion where he was in charge of analysing demographic, social and employment trends and promoting the modernisation of social protection systems, focussing on the challenges of demographic ageing notably for public and private pensions.

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British Chamber New Years Cocktail

Welcome the New Year by coming to the British Chamber New Years Cocktail at Hotel Amigo on the 12th January! Taste great canapes from Hotel Amigo's chef collaboration with Pascale Naessens around the theme of healthy living (Perfect for those New Year resolutions!).There will be a prize draw so make sure to bring your business cards.Make sure to register for this one.

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Panel Debate: The effects of Brexit on business relations between Germany and the UK

At this panel debate co-hosted by the British Chamber and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, we look at the trading relationship between the key markets of Germany and the UK and how this might change as the UK begins to scope out what kind of agreements can be made post-Article 50. We aim to discover what problems will businesses face in the next few years and what impact will this have on the trading relationship between businesses across different sectors.

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EU Lunch with Ian Duncan, MEP, on the EU's Emissions Trading System Review

At our EU lunch briefing we are glad to be joined by Ian Duncan MEP, the rapporteur on the post-2020 reforms of the ETS, sharing his thoughts on the ETS Review. After the ENVI Committee’s vote in favour of the legislative proposal amending the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, Mr Duncan will discuss what the proposal includes before it moves onto a vote in plenary in February.

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British Chamber Christmas Lunch

It's time to get in that festive mood, the annual British Chamber Christmas Lunch is approaching! This year the lunch is a fabulous 3 course traditional Christmas meal.This will be accompanied by the usual Christmas quiz, so brush up on your general knowledge and get in the competitive mood!Don't forget to don your best Christmas jumper and join us for an afternoon full of fun and Christmas cheer!Make sure to register now as this is one of our most popular events every year.





British Chamber and BBCA Christmas Cocktail

The British Chamber & the Brussels British Community Association Christmas Cocktail is back again for another year on the 8th of December! Get in the Christmas mood and come and join us for an evening of cheer and giving, so dress up in your most festive Christmas outfit and register. To attend click on the register now button or email: Andrew.moore@britishchamber.be

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BNG Christmas Cocktails

The Brussels New Generation of the British Chamber would like to invite you to the Annual BNG Christmas Cocktails on Tuesday, 6th December! To escape the gloomy Brussels winter weather, this event is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a festive night with your friends and colleagues, putting you in the Christmas spirit.




The Priorities of the Maltese Presidency in the Single Market with Greta Agius and Mark Seychell, Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU

With Malta becoming the next incumbent in the Presidency cycle we are delighted to welcome Greta Agius, Competitiveness Attaché, Internal Market, Services and Intellectual Property and Mark Seychell, Senior Policy Officer, Competitiveness Unit.After providing a short key note speech there will be a moderated Q&A session

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Trump and Brexit: A long shadow over Europe?

Even if Hillary Clinton wins the US Presidential Election, the political revolution that spawned support for Donald Trump is not dead and the political and economic environment in the US may be changing for ever.  But how will it change? How will it impact Europe? And what is our economic outlook? 

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Low Emission Mobility with Peter Vis, Adviser, DG MOVE

With transport being responsible for about 20% of the EU’s total CO2 emission, the decarbonisation of transport is a crucial area for EU regulation in order for the Union to achieve its climate goals. We are delighted to welcome Peter Vis, Adviser, DG MOVE, to share his views on this ongoing project.

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Dinner with Brian Donald, Chief of Staff at Europol

We are delighted to welcome Brian Donald, Chief of Staff at Europol, to discuss the current priorities of Europol especially in light of recent threats of Terrorism.

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Golden Bridge Awards 2016 - Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Join us to celebrate the 20th annual Golden Bridge Trade and Export Awards. In the company of business leaders, trade and investment representatives, and other members of the Chamber, the Awards recognise the achievements of Belgian, Luxembourg and British businesses in exporting.CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

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The British Chamber's 2016 London Delegation - Making Brexit Work

Register now for the British Chamber's 2nd annual London Visit, organised in partnership with Interel. Stretching over two full days, the visit is a unique opportunity to meet influencers and decision makers in London and UK business, policy and academia.


UK property seminar: the key areas to invest

The UK has long stood as the world’s foremost market for secure property acquisitions. Whilst Brexit rocked the boat, the market has proven resilient. Residential property, as you know, is always about the right place at the right time. Join us as we present our property partners to talk through the key areas in the UK to buy now and how to take advantage of the unprecedented currency opportunity. Currently property projects are also available in Berlin, Chicago, Brisbane and Melbourne.

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The Priorities of the Maltese Presidency in Climate Change and Energy with Alexia Georgakopulos, Senior Policy Officer Climate Change, Clive Gerada and Robert Portelli, Policy Officers Energy Affairs

With Malta becoming the next incumbent in the Presidency cycle we are delighted to welcome Alexia Georgakopulos, Senior Policy Officer Climate Change, Clive Gerada and  Robert Portelli Policy Officers Energy Affairs to discuss the priorities of the Maltese Presidency in Climate Change and Energy.

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’Pharma – where are we after Lundbeck?’ with Theofanis Christoforou, Director, Principal Legal Adviser, Competition & Mergers, Legal Service - European Commission

Lundbeck was the European Union’s fist ‘pay-for-delay’ case in the pharmaceutical sector. On the 8th of September the General Court accepted the Commission’s judgement. With this, the European Commission articulated that pharma ‘pay-for-delay’ agreements breach EU antitrust rules. We are pleased to be joined by Theofanis Christoforou, Director, Principal Legal Adviser, Competition & Mergers, Legal Service - European Commission, to offer his reflections on the General Court judgement.

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The Priorities of the Maltese Presidency with Ambassador Marlene Bonnici

With Malta becoming the next incumbent in the Presidency cycle we are delighted to welcome Ambassador Marlene Bonnici to discuss the priorities of the Maltese Presidency.After providing a short key note speech there will be a moderated Q&A session.

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Training I Impactful Presentation Skills

Presentations can take up a lot of your time and that of your audience as well. So it is absolutely essential that you can deliver a presentation with real impact with messages that capture and maintain an audience’s attention. With the correct messaging techniques you do not need 30 minutes and 30 PowerPoint slides to have your desired effect. You will walk away from this session with very practical skills that you can implement directly.  



Brexit. Les risques et les opportunités d'un point de vue gouvernemental et commercial

Le 23 juin, le peuple britannique votait sa sortie de l'Union européenne et le premier ministre, David Cameron, démissionnait de ses fonctions le jour suivant.Quatre mois plus tard, avec un nouveau gouvernement et un nouveau Premier Ministre, quelles en sont le implications pour le Royaume-Uni et la Belgique?L'Ambassadeur de Grande-Bretagne et le Président de la Chambre de Commerce britannique en Belgique en discuteront avec vous lors de ce débat et répondront aux questions que vous vous posez à propos de l'avenir des relations anglo-belges.





Brexit's Impact on Belgium

Brexit's impact on BelgiumModerated by former CNN bureau chief & correspondent Patricia KellyPanellists TBCThursday, November 10 at 19:00St. John's International SchoolWaterloo, Belgiumwww.stjohns.beSupported by:The British Chamber of Commerce in BelgiumThe Brussels Times

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Post Brexit : Will there be a realignment of British Politics?

Only a few months after the Brexit shock, the British politics have already started a long generational realignment. After the appointment of Theresay May as Prime Minister, tensions are very high regarding the Labour leadership. No matter what the result will be, Brexit has definitely divided the British into two divided camps. 

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Non-Tariff Barriers in Services Roundtable

Brexit Access to EU Service Markets: The Practical Issues   Services represent 80% of the EU economy.  While trade in goods has the WTO tariffs as a tried and tested worst case position, services has no such safety blanket.  The World Trade “GATS” services framework is underdeveloped and relies on patchy market access commitments. 

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Freedom of Movement Roundtable

Free movement of persons, in particular workers, is one of the fundamental economic freedoms of the European Union. It gives the possibility for the businesses to hire the best talent regardless of where in the EU it comes from, without further administrative hurdles or immigration controls. We have invited UKREP colleagues to be present.




Customs Union Roundtable

This is a fundamental element in the facilitation of trade in goods in the European single market, especially in highly integrated sectors with extensive cross-border supply chains, removing tariffs between Member States but also rules of origin procedures for import/exports. Given the political statements around the opportunities for free trade agreements with 3rd countries following Brexit, it currently seems highly unlikely the UK will continue to be a part of the Customs Union following the end of the Article 50 process.


UK-EU Relations Working Group Feedback Meeting

This meeting will report to members on work completed and planned on the negotiation of the British exit from the EU and enable members to provide feedback, advice and suggestions.  To register please get in contact with Andrew:andrew.moore@britishchamber.be


Expat Financial Affairs 2016

Expat Financial Affairs offers essential advice in English on managing your finances as an expat in Belgium.

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British Chamber Autumn Cocktail

Join us for our cocktail 'de la rentrée' where you will have the opportunity to discover the delicious nibbles from Brussels Events, our brand new catering partners.


Sabine Verheyen, MEP EPP, on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive

In conjunction with the proposal to reform the AVMSD we are delighted to welcome Ms Sabine Verheyen, MEP EPP, to provide a Parliamentary perspective on the issue.Ms Verheyen will provide a short keynote speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

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POSTPONED - Brexit Training

As we wait for Article 50 to be triggered, members and business representatives need to have a clear indication of what to expect. On Wednesday 5th October, the British Chamber has put together a programme that takes each element of what to expect and how to prepare as a business.


E-commerce with Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General, DG Connect

In conjunction with the 2nd DSM package and the upcoming changes on E-commerce we are delighted to welcome Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General in DG Connect, to discuss E-Commerce.After providing a short keynote speech Ms Bury will take part in a moderated Q&A session.

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Brexit: How will it impact Real Estate in Belgium and the UK?

The vote on the 23rd of June set the wheels in motion for Britain to leave the European Union. The impact it has had so far on Real Estate has been relatively minor, however this could change rapidly depending on the course of events. Join us for an interactive seminar where we will explore and assess the impact of Brexit on Real Estate and what it will mean for property values in the coming months and years.Seminar topics:•    Effects of Brexit so far on Commercial & Residential Real Estate in UK and Belgium

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Single Market task force briefing - Political Advisor Series: ECR priorities in the DSM with Claire Donlon, ECR policy advisor to IMCO, and Cameron Smith, ECR policy advisor on Legal Affairs

As part of our political advisor series we are delighted to welcome Claire Donlon and Cameron Smith to discuss the priorities of the European Conservative and Reformist Group in the Digital Single Market.Ms Donlon and Mr Smith will provide a short intervention which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. We will also welcome participants to make suggestions for future event ideas.

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Charity Pub Quiz

Are you ready for another evening of fun, incredible Belgian beer, some delicious food and tasty snacks with your friends and colleagues? Then come and join us for another amazing Charity Pub Quiz, this time at Michael Collins with the Brussels New Generation of the British Chamber. Put together your own power team and challenge your knowledge while raising money for charity!




The Ambassador Hosts: Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium: ‘How will Brexit affect the Belgian Economy and Business Climate?’

Join us for an exclusive lunch briefing with British Ambassador to Belgium Alison Rose and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Kris Peeters.Deputy Prime Minister Peeters will talk about the effect of Brexit on the Belgian Economy and the creation of a task force in order to prepare for and assess its effects. He will also discuss Belgian labour market reforms, his vision on how to fuel the social dialogue, and how the federal government plans to bridge the gap between employer’s federations and trade unions.

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Patron Dinner: Robert Madelin, Senior Adviser for Innovation at the European Political Strategy Centre, on Innovation in the EU

We are delighted to welcome Robert Madelin for our upcoming Patron Dinner. Following the release of the policy review for innovation in the EU Mr Madelin will discuss the content of the report and the upcoming EU work on innovation.Speaker: Robert Madelin | Senior Adviser for Innovation in the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) | European Commission

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Competition and Trade Task Force Briefing: Rodrigo Peduzzi, Case handler DG Competition Unit A3 – State aid strategy on State Aid Priorities under Juncker's Commission

State aid are a concrete example of an initiative undertaken by Juncker’s Commission to help supporting investment and facilitating the financing of the economy. As of 1 July 2016 the new transparency requirements for state aid entered into force and became mandatory

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Training: Managing & Developing Young Talents

This training session will focus on best practices for supervisors and on how to maximize the intern or young employee’s motivation, productivity & learning curve. The session will be interactive, drawing on experiences of participants. A wide range of questions will be covered including how to manage generation Y & Z (digital natives) and how to lead & structure a feedback/evaluation session.

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Launch of EU Data Protection Whitepaper

The British Chamber of Commerce, together with the European Data Protection Supervisor and Microsoft are inviting you to the Launch of EU Data Protection Whitepaper, following the British Chamber Data Protection Conference held on 10th May 2016 in Copenhagen.Click here to have more information. This event is free of charge. 




British Chamber Summer Cocktail

The Summer has arrived and the British Chamber invites you to celebrate with us at our Summer Cocktail! This will be your last chance to network with us before everybody packs up for their holidays and this time we'll be hosted in the gardens of Martin's Hotel Brussels, weather permitting of course! We look forward to seeing you!


Irmfried Schwimann on her Priorities as the new Deputy Director-General in DG GROW'

In March Mrs Schwimann became the new Deputy Director-General of DG GROW and is now responsible for the directorates E,G and H that work on the Single Market.  As the Single Market is vital for the prosperity of business we are delighted to provide you with the opportunity to hear Mrs Schwimann discuss DG GROW’s priorities for its development.After providing a short key note speech Ms Schwimann will take part in a moderated Q&A session.

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Referendum Results: The Waterloo Moment

Join us at the chamber as the results of the UK's Referendum on EU membership are announcedWe will be hosting an informal breakfast and have live reaction from our speakers:Thomas Spiller, President of the British Chamber of CommerceDave Sinardet, Political Scientist (VUB)Moderator: Glenn Vaughan, CEO of the British Chamber



Training I Leading People Effectively Through Change

An interactive session to explore the phases people go through during change and how a leader can engage with people during each of these phases. The work of Prof Sharon Turnbull’s Typologies is used to identify our own and others’ responses in delivering the change and removing the barriers. An insightful session to understand how you can lead people through the change process more effectively.

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Single Market task force briefing: The priorities of the Slovakian presidency in the Single Market with Imrich Csiba, Attaché for Consumer Protection and Internal Market

With the Slovakia becoming the next incumbent in the Presidency cycle we are delighted to welcome Imrich Csiba, Attaché for Consumer Protection and Internal Market, to discuss the priorities of the Slovak Presidency in the Single Market.After providing a short key note speech, Mr Csiba will take part in a moderated Q&A session.

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EU 101

On June 14th, the British Chamber will organise its EU 101 event in Brussels. During this intensive training day, members will get an insight into the EU decision-making process and how its main institutions work (European Commission, European Parliament, and European Council). Attendees will also get the opportunity to learn some knowledge and skills to interact with the EU policy makers through a practical approach.

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Diversity Dialogues: Making gender-balanced leadership a reality – why men matter !

Leading global companies are increasingly making gender-balanced leadership a top priority. They know there is a compelling ROI and bottom line impact and that it is the smart (and right) thing to do. But how does it work in practice? How are companies engaging men in the process? What are their views, expectations, issues and concerns?

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British Chamber's Annual Visit to Strasbourg

On June 7-8, the British Chamber of Commerce will organise its thirty-first visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. This visit will be the opportunity for members of the British Chamber to share their European priorities to MEPs and get an overview of the current state of European public policies.

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Young Professionals Visit to Strasbourg

As part of its professional development training, Brussels New Generation is organising an intensive visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg


The Circular Economy: Investing in a greener future

What is the circular economy's impact on our labour markets? Are we ready for this revolution in Europe? Does the private sector have the resources and ambition to make the jump to the circular economy? How do we get clusters and symbiosis between industries progressing where wastes and resources become synonymous between different sectors? What tools and funds are available to drive this long term policy agenda?

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Industrial Competitiveness task force briefing: Priorities of the Slovak Presidency in Transport with Counsellor Jan Krak

Join us for a breakfast briefing with Counsellor Jan Krak, dealing with operational programme transport and TEN-T network to discuss the general overview in the Priorities of the Slovak Presidency in Transport followed by a session of Q&A. Jan Krak has been the transport attaché, dealing with road, maritime, inland waterway transport and European transport networks at the Permanent Representation of Slovakia to the EU since 2012.  

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Charity Pub Quiz

Come and join us for our Charity Pub Quiz in Flagey with the Brussels New Generation of the British Chamber! Let's challenge your knowledge with friends and colleagues whilst enjoying a pint of beer.

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Security task force briefing: Smart Borders with Rob Rozenburg, Head of Unit Information Systems for Borders and Security DG HOME

With the upcoming changes on Smart Borders, Rob Rozenburg, Head of Unit Information Systems for Borders and Security DG HOME, will discuss what to expect in regards to Smart Border legislation.Mr Rozenburg will provide a short intervention which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. We will also welcome participants to make suggestions for future event ideas.

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Food, Health and Consumer task force briefing: The priorities of the Slovak Presidency for Agricultural Policy with Matej Hudec, Head of Unit Agriculture and Fisheries

With the Slovakia becoming the next incumbent in the Presidency cycle we are delighted to welcome Matej Hudec to discuss the priorities of the Slovak Presidency in Agricultural Policy.After providing a short key note speech Mr Hudec will take part in a moderated Q&A session.

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British Chamber Annual General Meeting

On Wednesday 25th May we host our 106th Annual General Meeting, one year on from the grand reopening of their newly-refurbished office space. Members are invited to a networking drink in the business lounge before the meeting starts at 17:30 sharp.


Training I Hacking Twitter and LinkedIn for EU Public Affairs

Social platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn were initially built for marketers and job-seekers, but have since evolved into content-rich, strategic communications channels essential to reaching EU policy audiences. In this session, you’ll learn to avoid the trappings of vanity metrics such as followers and likes and use these platforms to tackle real policy and communications objectives in the context of your EU public affairs strategy.   What we’ll cover:

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Brexit: what would it mean for my business?

Are you doing business in or with the UK? Regardless of your opinion on the UK’s upcoming EU referendum, your business will need to prepare for the implications of different post-referendum scenarios, including the impact of a potential Brexit.

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Competition and Trade task force briefing: Cyril Ritter, ‎Policy Officer at European Commission on Big Data

Cyril Ritter is a Policy Officer in the Antitrust Policy unit of DG Competition. He was previously a case handler dealing with antitrust and merger cases in the shipping and airline sectors. Prior to joining the European Commission in 2007, he was a law firm associate in Paris. Join us for a task force briefing to discuss big data with Cyril Ritter who has been working closely with this issue in the EU.

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British Chamber Spring Cocktail

Celebrate Spring with the British Chamber at this year's Spring Cocktail! We'll be hosted by Regus at their premises near to central station and will hear speeches from HE Ambassador Rose and President of the British Chamber, Thomas Spiller. We look forward to seeing you!

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Digital Single Market: Bridging the Gap

One year on from the adoption of the Digital Single Market Strategy, the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium is organising the conference "Digital Single Market: Bridging the Gap" to view the progress made in three key sectors and the next steps for a successful implementation of the Strategy.

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Food,Health and Consumer task force briefing - Political Advisor Series: Food and Health priorities in the ENVI Committee: S&D’s perspective

As part of our Political Advisor Series we are delighted to welcome Andrew Flagg, S&D advisor to ENVI, to S&D's priorities and perspective on the ENVI Committee.Mr Flagg will provide a short intervention which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. We will also welcome participants to make suggestions for future event ideas.

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EU Referendum in the UK and potential UK Exit: 'the impact on youth' with Emilian Pavel MEP, Morten Messerschmidt MEP, Brando Benifei MEP, David Garrahy, Head of Policy and Advocacy at European Youth Forum and Dave Keating as Moderator

Many of our younger members/audience have strong links with the UK (academic, professional, personal, etc.) - particularly young professionals working in the Brussels/EU sphere. The perspective of an EU referendum in the UK is therefore of great interest to them, as it would certainly affect their professional and/or personal trajectory. While we most often hear the perspective of politicians or business leaders, it is the younger generation who will be mostly impacted by a potential UK exit.


Brexit Breakfast Debate with Chuka Umunna MP and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP: 'Stronger In or Better Off Out?'

Interel and the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium are delighted to welcome Mr Chuka Umunna MP and Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg MP for a head-to-head debate over Britain's membership of the EU, chaired by Interel's Catherine Stewart.Just weeks before the historic referendum, two Westminster heavyweights will make their respective cases to remain or leave the EU.

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Managing a flexible workforce

The traditional Belgian hiring model is based on permanent employment contracts. However, organisations need increasingly flexible working arrangements to address temporary fluctuations in workload or to staff short-term projects.

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THE EXPATS GOLF TROPHY 2016

The Expats Golf Trophy is a new annual event bringing together Belgian based expatriate golfers, members of different Chambers of Commerce, diplomatic and trade organisations, to create a high quality international networking event in one of Belgium’s leading golf clubs. For more information about the club you can visit www.golfhulencourt.be.


The Future of Transport with Henrik Hololei, Director-General, DG MOVE

Join us for a breakfast briefing with Henrik Hololei to discuss the general overview on transport. These will include:The fourth railway packagesThe four modes of transportAviationCompetitionUpdate on transport policy in EuropeThis session will be followed by a session of question and answer

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Training I Leadership Styles

Leadership research has developed extensively over the last twenty years - how up to date are you? Can you talk about your leadership style (and your boss’s) in ways that help your team to succeed? There are many different ways to lead successfully - want to know more?Each training has limited seats available to ensure an impactful learning outcome for each participant.

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Brussels New Generation's Spring Cocktail

After the success of our Brussels New Generation (BNG) Winter Cocktails, we are pleased to invite you to our BNG Spring Cocktails at Place de Londres. Join us on the 20th April for a professional networking cocktail with happy hour from 18:00-19:00.


Financial Markets Task Force Briefing: Deposit insurance, BRRD implementation and the implementation of TLAC in the EU with Patrick Pearson, Head of Unit, DG FISMA

Patrick Pearson is Head of Unit of Resolution and Crisis management in the European Commission’s Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union Directorate General. He previously headed the Financial Markets Infrastructure and the Commission's banking regulatory teams and was responsible for the Financial Services Action Plan.  

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Food, Health and Consumer task force briefing: TTIP and the consumer

As the EU continues to work with the US towards the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership, Johannes Kleis, from The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) will discuss TTIP and the consumer.Mr Kleis will provide a short key note speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session

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Patron Dinner: Ambassador Kim Jørgensen, Danish Ambassador to the EU, on 'Opting-out of the EU'

In light of the recent Danish 'opt-out' referendum we are delighted to welcome Ambassador Kim Jørgensen, Danish Ambassador to the EU, to discuss opting-out of the EU in reference to Denmark and his perspective on the upcoming UK referendum.Ambassador Jørgensen will provide a short key note speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

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Taxation Policy with Stephen Quest, Director-General, DG TAXUD

 Mr Stephen Quest, Director-General of the Directorate-General of Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD) since January 2016 will discuss Taxation Policy and his priorities as DG TAXUD. Prior to his current position, Mr Quest was the Director-General of the Directorate-General of Informatics (DIGIT). Join us for a lunch briefing to discuss the Financial sector at the British Chamber followed by a session of Q&A.

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Cristina Lobillo Borrero, Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Arias Cañete on ETS Review: "How can the climate goal be reached and industry protected at the same time?"

Ms Cristina Lobillo Borrero is the Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Arias Canete in the European Commission for Climate Action and Energy since October 2014. Prior to her current position, Ms Lobillo Borrero was the assistant to the Director General, DG Trade in 2011 and the assistant to Director General DG AGRI in 2010.  

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Training I Getting your message across – even under pressure

An introduction into creating and delivering company messaging, and how to communicate effectively with media in situations of high pressure and crises.Each training has limited seats available to ensure an impactful learning outcome for each participant. Upon registration, the trainer may contact the registrants by email for a pre-assessment survey. A sandwich lunch will be provided on the day of the training.

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The Great Brussels Charity Bake Off 2016 Part 2

The Great Brussels Charity Bake Off is back for a 3rd edition and we are trying to raise as much money as possible for the Community Help Service, an English speaking helpline operating in Belgium.


'The Future Direction of Copyright Legislation' with Anna Herold, Member of Cabinet to Commissioner Oettinger

Anna Herold, Member of Cabinet to Commissioner Oettinger, will discuss 'The Future Direction of Copyright Legislation'. With issues of 'Copyright' and 'Content in the Digital Single Market' under her portfolio Ms. Herold is in a prime position to discuss EU copyright issues.After delivering a short key note speech Ms. Herold will take part in a moderated Q&A session.

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Major-General Frederik Vansina, Commander of the Belgian Air Component, on Belgium’s Defence Agenda in the new security order: the Air Component example

With the recent security threats with in Belgium and throughout the EU we expect to see heightened security measures and security changes. We are delighted to be welcoming Major-General Frederik Vansina, Commander of the Belgian Air Component, to discuss Belgium’s Defence Agenda in the new security order.Over an exclusive dinner, Major-General Vansina will provide a short key note speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

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Training I Microsoft Excel – pivot tables, vlookup's and other techniques

Improve the structure of your own worksheets.Use more of Excel's functionalities, eliminating manual calculations.Gain time.Reduce errors.Each training has limited seats available to ensure an impactful learning outcome for each participant. Upon registration, the trainer may contact the registrants by email for a pre-assessment survey. A sandwich lunch will be provided on the day of the training.

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The Great Brussels Charity Bake Off 2016 Part 1

The Great Brussels Charity Bake Off is back for a 3rd edition and we are trying to raise as much money as possible for the Community Help Service, an English speaking helpline operating in Belgium.


Value Added Tax, with Donato Raponi, Head of Unit VAT DG TAXUD

The Security task force are delighted to welcome Donato Raponi, Head of Unit VAT DG TAXUD, to discuss Value Added Tax with in the EU at a task force briefing.Mr Raponi will provide a short keynote speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session

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Diversity Dialogues: Creating a corporate culture that embraces diversity

Join us at this first Diversity Dialogues event of 2016. The ‘listen and learn’ session will feature three experienced practitioners in diversity from well-known companies based in Belgium. They will share their own experiences, challenges, lessons learned, advice and perspectives on some of the different dimensions that make up diversity in business, in particular age, culture and gender.

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The Latest Developments in European Electricity Market Reforms with Dr Matti Supponen, DG ENER

Matti Supponen is an administrator in the European Commission. Currently working in DG Energy on various Internal Electricity Market subjects, in particular on electricity market design issues. Supponen’s earlier works includes TEKES, a Government agency under the Finnish Ministry of Trade and Industry,  in the Finnish Embassy in Brussels as Scientific Counsellor and in Finnish Companies, inter alia EKONO (Energy Consulting),  and Strömberg (Manufacturing of Electrical Apparatus for transmission and distribution networks).

This event is held under Chatham House rule

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Roberto Viola, Director-General of DG CNECT on the Priorities of DG CNECT

Roberto Viola will brief members on his new role as Director-General of DG CNECT and state the priorities they intend to pursue.As well as delivering a short keynote speech Mr Viola will take part in an extended Q&A session

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British Chamber New Year's Cocktails

Welcome in the new year with the British Chamber and the Brussels British Community Association at our New Year's networking cocktail!

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The Ambassador Hosts: Jan Jambon, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium: ‘How is the security agenda relevant to business in Belgium?’

Join us for an exclusive breakfast briefing with British Ambassador to Belgium Alison Rose and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Jan Jambon.   Deputy Prime Minister Jambon will talk about the role of business in police and immigration-related tasks, the importance of a robust security response to threats to assure business of a safe working environment, and the role of data and personal information in security.  

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British Chamber Christmas Lunch

Switch off your emails, put on your flashing santa hats and celebrate the Christmas season with the chamber team over a delicious Christmas inspired menu titled ‘A Suitably Boozy Affair’.We will have our annual general knowledge quiz with the winning table receiving prizes kindly provided by Diageo.MenuStarter:Foie Gras Terrine with chicon confit and black saltV - Wild Mushroom Terrine with a Brulee Topping.Main:



Internal Market Summit

Programme: Opening keynote (09:30-10:00)

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British Chamber and BBCA Christmas Cocktail CANCELLED

Although the security threat level has gone down yesterday, larger events are still considered problematic. Therefore, The British Embassy decided to cancel the cocktail at the Residence on the 1st of December. Unfortunately, we won’t have the opportunity to reschedule it before the end of the year.

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Golden Bridge Awards 2015 - Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Join us to celebrate the 19th annual Golden Bridge Trade and Export Awards. In the company of business leaders, trade and investment representatives, and other members of the Chamber, the Awards recognise the achievements of Belgian, Luxembourg and British businesses in exporting.

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Nominate your rising star to meet BNP Paribas Fortis CEO!

We’re happy to announce that the British Chamber is organising a briefing with CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board Max Jadot exclusively for our young professionals network. Mr Jadot will be talking about the ‘Global Challenges facing Talent Development’ in the financial services sector and we would like you to identify a rising star in your organisation to attend this briefing.

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Commercial Real Estate in Brussels: trends, opportunities, and new ways of working

Real Estate markets touch and affect businesses throughout the world. As the markets change, however, new opportunities and threats present themselves. Join us for an interactive seminar where trends and opportunities in Real Estate will be explained and analysed, as well as have all your questions on property answered. The seminar will also analyse how the ways of working in different industries have changed, where they are now and in which direction they are heading.

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Evolving Europe: Latest findings from COBCOE

A clear majority of members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium believe the UK should remain in the EU. UK membership of the EU is vital both for the UK and the future of the EU and the UK Referendum is an opportunity to give momentum to reform.


Training: The ingredients of a successful recruitment

How to engage active and passive candidates? How to gather the right evidence in the interview process to select and hire the best people for your organisation? Join this interactive training to learn about increasing your chances of finding a good match. With a focus on advertising, employer branding and interviewing techniques.

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The Better Regulation Agenda: how can it deliver for consumers, businesses and society?

A high-level panel discussion on the European Commission’s Better Regulation agenda and how it translates into competitiveness and jobs. The debate will feature key business and policy stakeholders and will be followed by a networking reception and walking dinner. The Better Regulation agenda has a very clear and worthwhile goal: to reduce EU bureaucracy and excessive governmental involvement in the policy making process and of course business activity. The key question is how the agenda will influence companies and their operations.

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The Audiovisual Media Services Directive with Lorena Boix Alonso, Head of Unit DG CNECT

Lorena Boix Alonso, Head of Unit for Converging Media and Content DG CNECT, will join the Single Market task force to outline the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and its importance within the EU.As well as delivering a short keynote speech Ms. Boix Alonso will take part in an extended Q&A session.

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Evolving Europe: The London Debate

A clear majority of members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium believe the UK should remain in the EU. UK membership of the EU is vital both for the UK and the future of the EU and the UK Referendum is an opportunity to give momentum to reform.


London Visit

Register now for the British Chamber's unique London visit.

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Dutch Presidential Priorities for the Single Market

Tjade Stroband, Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU, will join the Single Market task force to brief members ahead of the Netherlands assuming the presidency of the Council of the EU on January 1st 2016. With the Netherlands the first incumbents in the next trio (with Slovakia and Malta) Mr Stroband's intervention should be particularly insightful regarding their priorities for the coming years.

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HRcoreACADEMY

In collaboration with the British Chamber, Teneo is pleased to invite you to our HRcoreACADEMY2 which will be held on the 21st & 22nd of October in Brussels.The HRcoreACADEMY² (general agenda link) will feature 2 parallel seminars:- 9th 'Excellence in Talent Management' seminar (agenda link)

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Contemporary Challenges in International Mobility: An HR and Tax Perspective

Learn about timely global talent management and related expatriate tax, equity and payroll matters. Discuss both best practice and contingency approaches to international assignments and listen to a variety of expert speakers! Join this evening seminar to network with fellow global talent and international mobility management professionals!Program

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Diversity Dialogues

Diversity is no longer a side issue; it is a business reality. This networking session is the first in a new series of British Chamber activities to encourage and advance the dialogue on different aspects and issues related to diversity in business and society. Event speakers include Erik Kerkhoffs (Microsoft), Steven Maisel (Fitch Bennett Partners), and Joanna Maycock (European Women’s Lobby). We are also pleased to be supported by JUMP and Professional Women International for this event.

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Leaders-for-a-Day

Leaders-for-a-Day provides young people who have completed entrepreneurship education programmes from across Europe with the opportunity to learn from a leader by shadowing him/her for one day. The goal is to enable young people to make better informed career choices, enlarge their network and improve their career opportunities.



Fabrice Comptour, Member of Cabinet to Commissioner Bieńkowska on the fight against counterfeit and piracy

The Security task force at the British Chamber are delighted to welcome Mr Fabrice Comptour, member of cabinet to Commissioner Bieńkowska. Mr Comptour will brief members on his portfolio with a particular focus on his work overseeing the fight against counterfeiting and piracy as well as his competencies in the aerospace, maritime, security and defence industries.

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Training: Emotional Intelligence

Research shows that up to 90% of the difference between outstanding and average leaders is linked to Emotional Intelligence. Come learn what Emotional Intelligence really is, recognize it in 6 leadership styles, discover what your own Emotional Intelligence Quotient may be, and why it is an important skill to develop to increase your professional effectiveness. 

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Expat Financial Affairs

Get free personalised advice from our experts at this year's Expat Financial Affairs!​

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Brussels Distribution Conference

The 2nd edition of the “Brussels Distribution Conference” (BDC), the bi-annual review of the most recent developments in the commercial distribution sector, will be held at the Palais des Académies on October 1st 2015.

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Copyright reform and the DSM: the EPP's view

With all things Digital Single Market (DSM) coming think and fast the Single Market task force welcomes members of the chamber to join us for a briefing with two speakers who will be in the midst of the action over the coming months. As political advisors to the largest group in the parliament on the IMCO and JURI Committees respectively, Astrid Dentler and Franziska Neher will give their insights into the EPP's priorities and work on copyright reform and the DSM.

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Patron Member's Dinner with Sir Adam Thomson on the Security of Europe

This event is open exclusively to senior representatives of Patron Members of the British Chamber, with attendance limited to one person per company. Our latest Patron Member's Dinner will feature Sir Adam Thomson, UK Ambassador to NATO, who will discuss the security of Europe. Participants will join Sir Thomson in discussion over an exclusive private dinner.

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"Joining forces & forging partnerships to fight unemployment" with Anita Vella

With seven member states currently in a situation where more than one in 4 four young people (under 25) are classed as unemployed and with youth unemployment averaging 22% across the EU, Europe faces a real defining moment in responding to this challenge. The British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium are proud to have held several events this year centred around this issue including an intervention from Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, and are pleased to announce an upcoming discussion about the key role that business can play in helping Europe tackle the problem going forwards.  

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Webinar: Public Relations in Belgium

UKTI and the chamber are partnering for a new series of webinars on doing business in Belgium. This session will give an overview of Benelux language and culture. Speakers include Porter Novelli, Accredited Service Provider to the chamber.This webinar is mainly intended for UK companies considering whether to export or invest in Belgium, but everyone interested is welcome to join.

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Training: Negotiation skills and practice

Using practical skills to learn about achieving best possible solutions in negotiation situations in order to resolve all sides positions and interests in day to day business life. The session will cover a 5 step systematic process including Setting Objectives, Positions versus Interests, Active Listening, Building Alternatives, Maintaining Value and the Roles in Negotiation. With Maria Laptev.

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Webinar: Finance & Tax in Belgium

UKTI and the chamber are partnering for a new series of webinars on doing business in Belgium. This session will give an overview of Benelux language and culture. Speakers include PwC, Accredited Service Provider to the chamber.This webinar is mainly intended for UK companies considering whether to export or invest in Belgium, but everyone interested is welcome to join.Participation is free, but advance registration is required. Please register here.

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The Future of Europe: the UK's role in the EU, and impact of the EU on British business life

What are the greatest challenges the European project is facing, and how is this reflected in the current UK debate? What types of EU reforms are necessary to address these challenges, and what would be the implications for the UK and other member states? What role does business play in this process, and what would be the consequences for employers in Britain of a change in the UK’s status in the EU? What impact can the UK referendum have on European integration in the long term?

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Nele Eichhorn, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Malmström on trade defence instruments, the Internal Market and the Digital Economy

Nele Eichhorn is a Member of Cabinet of Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. She has worked in the European Commission since 2005 on inter-institutional issues, on the policy of large-scale IT systems underpinning the Schengen area as well as on internal market, digital, enterprise, industry and transport policies.

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Europe's research action plan on energy, climate and the environment with Maria da Graça Carvalho, Cabinet of Commissioner Moedas

Maria da Graça Carvalho is an Advisor to European Commissioner on Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. Maria da Graça Carvalho was a Principal Adviser in BEPA, European Commission and was responsible for the areas of Science, Higher Education, Innovation, Research Policy, Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Join us for a EU Committee briefing to discuss Europe’s action plan with Maria da Graça Carvalho

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Patron Member's Dinner with H.E. Reinhard Silberberg, German Ambassador to the EU

This event is open exclusively to senior representatives of Patron Members of the British Chamber, with attendance limited to one person per company. Our latest Patron Member's Dinner will feature H.E. Reinhard Silberberg, Permanent Representative of Germany to the EU, who will discuss Germany's ambitions for the EU ranging from institutional reform to the EU's competitiveness in a global market. Participants will join the Ambassador in discussion over an exclusive private dinner.

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Webinar: Employing people in Belgium

UKTI and the chamber are partnering for a new series of webinars on doing business in Belgium. This session will give an overview of Benelux language and culture. Speakers include Group S and Starfish MRM, Accredited Service Providers to the chamber.This webinar is mainly intended for UK companies considering whether to export or invest in Belgium, but everyone interested is welcome to join.

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Webinar: Language in the Benelux

UKTI and the chamber are partnering for a new series of webinars on doing business in Belgium. This session will give an overview of Benelux language and culture. Speakers include Purple Mill, Accredited Service Provider to the chamber.This webinar is mainly intended for UK companies considering whether to export or invest in Belgium, but everyone interested is welcome to join.

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BNG Lunch with Sir Graham Watson, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

This event is open to young professionals aged 35 or below.We are opening the first of our Institutional Series, with an event on the European Parliament with Sir Graham Watson. Sir Watson will discuss a broad range of topics from transparency to the changing relationship between the Parliament and Commission. This event will be interesting and useful to all young professionals engaged in EU affairs and politics.

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Webinar: Law in Belgium

UKTI and the chamber are partnering for a new series of webinars on doing business in Belgium. This second session will give an overview of Belgian law. Speakers include McGuireWoods, Accredited Service Provider to the chamber.This webinar is mainly intended for UK companies considering whether to export or invest in Belgium, but everyone interested is welcome to join.

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Political Advisor Series: Pauline Gounaud, political advisor to the S&D group on the ITRE Committee

The final briefing in our political advisor series comes from Pauline Gounaud, political advisor to the S&D Group for the ITRE Committee. Ms Gounaud will speak on her experiences as a political advisor, as well as specifically on her work advising the S&D members of the ITRE Committee; a Committee which is involved in some of the most important topics in parliament including the Digital Single Market, the energy union and attempts at the reindustrialisation of Europe.

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Matthew Baldwin, Head of Cabinet, Commissioner Jonathan Hill on Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union

Britain's European Commissioner, Jonathan Hill, has been entrusted with the critical portfolio of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. Commissioner Hill's main responsibilities are to ensure that financial markets are properly regulated and supervised so that they are stable, competitive and transparent, at the service of jobs and growth; implementation of the Banking Union; and to establish a European Capital Markets Union by 2019.

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British Chamber Summer Cocktail

The Rugby World Cup 2015 is fast approaching. The British Chamber and The Fry Group invite you to our Summer Cocktail to celebrate the eighth edition of the Rugby World Cup.

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Training: Public Speaking

UPDATE: Registrations for this training are now closed! If you would like to be put on the waiting list or be informed about future sessions please contact: zsuzsanna.kovacs@britishchamber.be.

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A Business Dinner with European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska

Following on from our hugely successful dinner with Commissioner Marianne Thyssen earlier this year, we are extremely honoured to welcome Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs.Over a three course dinner the Commissioner will deliver a keynote speech on how a true single market can be achieved before fielding questions from the audience. This event is kindly hosted by the Cercle Gaulois.Please note that the British Chamber reserves the right to refuse registrations to any non-members.

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The changing role of standards in EU legislation with Kerstin Jorna and Elena Santiago Cid

When First Vice-President Frans Timmermans stated last year that, “we need to clear the decks” it signalled the start of a Commission that seems determined to differ from its predecessors’ in a crucial way; through markedly reducing the amount of legislation it produces. The 2015 Work Programme displayed this new approach with 80 existing proposals planned for amendment or withdrawal and less new legislation being initiated.


Luxembourg's presidential priorities in health & food security

Registration for this event is now closed. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact Theo Way on euc-assistant@britishchamber.be Francoise Mori, Counsellor for Food Security, and Laura Valli, Health Attaché, will join us for a task force briefing during which they will lay out their main policy priorities for Luxembourg's presidency of the Council of the EU during the second half of 2015, and answer your questions during a Q&A session.

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EU research for climate, circular economy and the environment with Kurt Vandenberghe, Director for Climate Action and Resource Efficiency, DG Research and Innovation

Europe’s governments, businesses and citizens are increasingly concerned  about the circular economy: how to re-use, repair, refurbish and recycle existing materials and products, and manage scarce resource throughout their life cycle. The European Commission estimates that “better eco-design, waste prevention and reuse can bring net savings for EU businesses of up to 600 billion euros, while also reducing total annual greenhouse gas emissions” and create new growth and job opportunities.

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Webinar: Export or Invest in Belgium?

UKTI and the chamber are partnering for a new series of webinars on doing business in Belgium. In this first online session, three of the chamber's Accredited Service Providers - Invest in Wallonia (AWEX), Flanders Investment & Trade, and BDO - will provide an introduction to the main differences between exporting and investing in Belgium.

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British Chamber's Annual Visit to Strasbourg

Our 30th Annual Visit to Strasbourg will feature four sessions with MEPs based on our Single Market, Industrial Competitiveness, Competition & Trade and Financial Markets task forces. Members of the EU Committee have the opportunity to present their views to parliamentarians and answer MEP’s questions on the economic issues that matter. The visit includes discussion sessions, a working lunch, cocktails and our annual Strasbourg dinner.


Antitrust Law for Trade Associations

Trade association contacts and activities between competitors can serve a host of pro-competitive goals, but European and national antitrust rules prohibit certain types of conduct between competitors. It is essential that trade associations be aware of these rules and exercise diligence in observing them.

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HR in practice: HR in Belgium and international issues; trainees & volunteers

This is part three in a series of three practical trainings for de facto HR managers and practitioners: office managers, financial administrators, business owners, and anyone else responsible for HR tasks and processes inside their organisations. In this particular session we will cover:- Employees seconded to and from Belgium       - Issues in the employment contract      - Where do you pay social security (EU regulation, international social security treaties)       - Where do you pay tax: double taxation treaties benefits?

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Young Professionals' Annual Visit to Strasbourg 2015

This visit is open to young professionals aged 35 or below.Visiting Strasbourg for the first time can be daunting; the Brussels New Generation young professionals visit will give you an understanding on how to be successful in the European Parliament. The fifth annual visit will give you an insight in to the workings of Strasbourg, develop your skills and expertise and allow you to create contacts necessary for a career in EU Affairs. We identified five key learnings from last years BNG visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg:

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Luxembourg's presidential priorities in the Single Market

The Single Market task force hosts Anne Van Goetham, counsellor for Competitiveness, Internal Market, Industry, Competition and the Consumer Affairs Council from the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the EU.Ahead of Luxembourg assuming the presidency of the European Council in July, Mrs Van Goetham will discuss their priorities for the coming six months. Luxembourg will be that last in the trio with Italy and Latvia and will be aiming to finish off the work that they started.

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Patron Dinner with Georges Friden, Deputy Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the EU

This event is open exclusively to senior representatives of Patron Members of the British Chamber, with attendance limited to one person per company. Our latest Patron Member's Dinner will feature Georges Friden, Deputy Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the EU, who will outline his country's priorities for their presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of this year. Participants will join Mr Friden in discussion over an informal dinner.

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Luxembourg's presidential priorities in data protection

Registration for this event is now closed. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact Theo Way on euc-assistant@britishchamber.be As part of our series with speakers from the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the EU the Security task force is delighted to welcome Laure Wagener, who will speak on her country's presidency plans for the personal data protection reform.

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BNG Lunch with Jon Worth - Creating a memorable online presence

How do you ensure your online reputation matches your offline reputation? How do you build strong and resolute networks online that can help you achieve your personal and professional goals? How do you choose which combination of online tools to use? How do you maximise the impact of your online activity while minimising the time you invest? 


Financial Stability and Growth with John Berrigan, Director DG FISMA

The Stability and Growth Pact  is a set of rules designed to ensure that countries in the European Union pursue sound public finances and coordinate their fiscal policies, aiming to prevent fiscal policies from heading in potentially problematic directions, while others are there to correct excessive budget deficits or excessive public debt burdens.

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UK Security Technology exhibition 2015

Hosted by UK Trade & Investment and showcasing the best of British state-of-the-art security technology, the UK Security Technology exhibition is one of the biggest events in this field in Belgium. With a wide range of exhibitors from the high-tech security sector, this event brings together an exclusive network of security professionals enabling and facilitating high level trade.

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Annual President's dinner with Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman IBM Europe

Join us for the Annual President's Dinner to welcome our newly elected President and hear from our keynote speaker Harry van Dorenmalen, of IBM Europe, who will be talking about keeping business competitive in a global market.This is an excellent opportunity to network with senior colleagues addressing strategic business questions and meet the new leadership team of the most successful British Chamber in Europe. Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman IBM Europe General Manager IBM Benelux


Annual General Meeting and Office relaunch

Join us for our Annual General Meeting with a keynote speech from Ivan Rogers, UK Permanent Representative to the EU.You will also be able to have a look at our refurbished and expanded office space.


Better Regulation with Ben Smulders, Head of Cabinet to Vice-President Frans Timmermans

One of the main ways the Juncker Commission will demonstrate that it is ‘bigger and more ambitious on big things, and smaller and more modest on small things’ is by ensuring that better regulation is streamlined throughout all of the work and activities of the European Commission.

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HR in practice: Life of the employment contract, holiday system, advanced employment law, and how to optimise remunerations

This is part two in a series of three practical trainings for de facto HR managers and practitioners: office managers, financial administrators, business owners, and anyone else responsible for HR tasks and processes inside their organisations. In this particular session we will cover:- Holiday system : legal paid leave, extra legal paid leave and European holidays- Hiring employees- Termination: new legislation explained; work regulations: Réglement du Travail; special clauses: non compete, exclusivity, education sponsoring, loyalty, etc.

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Priorities of Luxembourg's Presidency with Ambassador Christian Braun

As Luxembourg prepares to take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on July 1 -the last in a trio of presidencies along with Italy and Latvia- Ambassador Christian Braun, the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the EU, will address British Chamber members to discuss his country’s Council presidency priorities and explain how the three presidencies have coordinated their workloads over an 18-month period.

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The policy priorities of DG SANTE with Ladislav Miko

Following our popular session in January with the Head of Cabinet to European Commissioner for health and food safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU Committee will host the head of DG SANTE, Mr Ladislav Miko, who has been the Acting Director-General of DG SANTE since November 2014.

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Accounting for Non-accountants: Essential Concepts & Principles

Does your job include understanding, analysing and reporting financial information, but you don’t have an accounting background? Do you want to better understand the drivers of your organisation’s financial performance? This is the first workshop of a three-part series of trainings for office managers, business executives, and other non-accountants who need to know their numbers. 

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Intellectual Property with Rupert Schlegelmilch, Director of Services and Investment, Intellectual Property and Public Procurement

As the European economy becomes increasingly knowledge-based, the importance of protecting intellectual property is being more widely recognised in policy and business circles. The enforcement of intellectual property rights both inside and outside Europe affects the EU’s growth and jobs. When the EU’s ideas, brands and products are pirated and counterfeited, EU jobs are impacted.

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"The Future of Trans-Atlantic Trade" with David O'Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the US

The British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium is delighted to be in partnership with the British-American Business Association for an evening reception and presentation with David O'Sullivan, European Union Ambassador to the United States.At the British Embassy in Washington Mr O'Sullivan will present on "The Future of Trans-Atlantic Trade" after which a networking reception will be held.


HR in practice: Employing people in Belgium - what are the mandatory issues I need to understand and manage?

This is part one in a series of three practical trainings for de facto HR managers and practitioners: office managers, financial administrators, business owners, and anyone else responsible for HR tasks and processes inside their organisations. In this particular session we will cover:- Hiring an employee- Employment agreements:the basics you need to know for your negotiations and administration- Work permits for non EU staff - Registration with social security - Dimosa: registrations for social security - Limosa: registration 

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COBCOE Gala Dinner 2015

To attend: Please follow this link to register COBCOE's annual gala event will celebrate the talent and achievement within the British bilateral Chamber movement across Europe.   The event will also feature the annual Chamber of the Year awards and newly launched Business Awards. To attend: Please follow this link to register


Training: Creative and innovative thinking

Gain practical tools and techniques on how to get the most out of your brain. The training outcome will be particularly useful when you and your team are looking for fresh thinking and new ideas, and ways to make them happen. With Hywel Thomas from Businessfruit.

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Capital Markets Union with Lee Foulger, Cabinet Member to Commissioner Hill

Mr Lee Foulger, a Cabinet Member to Commissioner Jonathan Hill with responsibility for Financial Markets and Capital Markets Union, will give a Cabinet-level view of progress and challenges to the Capital Markets Union during an EU Committee lunch.

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European Business Summit 2015

The British Chamber is a supporting partner of the European Business Summit 2015. As part of our cooperation, we are pleased to offer a limited number of summit tickets to chamber members at a particularly attractive price (50% off the full €890 fee).

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British Chamber Spring Cocktail

The British Chamber Council elections have just begun, join us at our Spring Cocktail, meet the candidates running in the elections and find out how to vote.

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Panel debate: “Generation Jobless”

Join the British Chamber and JA Europe for a panel debate on the need for collaboration between governments, employers, educational institutions and civil society organisations to improve the youth employment situation in Europe. 

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'A new way of working: the Secretariat-General's role' with Henrik Hololei, Deputy Secretary-General

Henrik Hololei, Deputy Secretary-General of the European Commission will be speaking on 'A new way of working: the Secretariat-General's role'. With the new Commission determined to stand out from it's predecessors with more coordination and coherence, the Secretariat-General will have a large role to play over the next five years.After a short keynote from Mr Hololei participants will get the chance to have their questions answered on how the new Commission structure will affect the day-to-day workings and function of the Secretariat-General.

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'Unequal Europe: what can we do?' An exclusive business lunch with Frank Vandenbroucke

Historically, the European project was synonymous with increasing prosperity and cohesion, both across member states (through ‘upward convergence’) and within member states. Today, the European Union is confronted with widening social imbalances among its member states, notably in the Eurozone, and widening social imbalances within a number of member states. 



Food policy under the new Commission with Alexandra Nikolakopoulou, Head of Unit for nutrition, food composition and information

The Food, Health & Consumer task force at the British Chamber welcome members to join for an EU Committee lunch with Alexandra Nikolakopoulou, Head of Unit for nutrition, food composition and information at DG SANTE. Ms Nikolakopoulou has recently been appointed to her position, having previously served as Deputy Head of Unit to Basil Mathioudakis, her predecessor. Ms Nikolakopoulou will give a broad overview of her priorities and thoughts on the direction of food policy for the coming year.

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The European Serious & Organised Crime Conference 2015

To register for this event, please click the following link here . The second High - level European Conference centred on the fight against serious organised crime will take place in April 2015, co-hosted by Europol and the British Chamber of Commerce amd organised by Forum Europe.

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Consumer Affairs under the new Commission with Despina Spanou

Consumer affairs have seen some of the biggest changes with the restructuring of the Commission, with Ms Spanou’s directorate moving from DG SANCO to DG JUST, and consumer policy concentrated into one portfolio belonging to Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers & Gender Equality. Ms Spanou will outline what these changes will mean in practice, and her directorate’s priorities, in a year with huge significance to the Digital Single Market; a project with potentially huge ramificati

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Progress on the Digital Single Market with Robert Madelin, Director-General of DG CNECT

Robert Madelin will outline what progress has been made so far on one of the key priorities of Commission President Juncker; the Digital Single Market. Participants will hear from Mr Madelin over breakfast, and will get a chance to pose their questions during a Q&A session. More information coming soon...

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Lamborghinis for all? New UK Pension Rules explained

April  2015 will see the biggest, and most popular, reform to UK pensions in more than a generation. This seminar will  explain how the new rules will work in practice and what you can do to ensure that you are able to take full advantage of the changes. It will also cover the implications for QROPS (Qualifying Overseas Pensions Schemes). As quoted by  the UK pensions minister

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Training: Social Media - understanding the basics

Learn about B2B professional social networking, how to do research and sector analysis for social conversations, how social advertising works, and how to plan and measure social media campaigns. With Ben Romberg and Brett Kobie from Fleishman Hillard.



Employer’s Guide for Quality Internships

The European Youth Forum and partners, hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, would like to cordially invite you to the launch of the ‘Employers Guide for Quality Internships’ to be held on the 12 March, 18:00 at the offices of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium.

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Renewables & Energy Efficiency: How ICT can help to engage with consumers

As we tip over the halfway point of Europe 2020, now is a good time to reflect on what has been achieved so far, and to look forward to what can be accomplished during the remaining time. One of the key priorities for Europe 2020 is to move towards a more resource-efficient, low-carbon economy, and Commission President Juncker has given ambitious proposals ahead of the Paris climate conference.

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EU Committee lunch with Marjeta Jager, Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Bulc, Transport

Marjeta Jager, Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Bulc with attend an EU Committee lunch to discuss transport priorities within the newly structured Commission. Join us to hear her thoughts and have the opportunity to propose questions to her regarding transport issues. Further information to follow.

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Marzena Rogalska, Head of Unit, DG GROW - 'Can Europe move to a low carbon economy while maintaining its industrial base?'

Join us for us for an Industrial Competitiveness task force briefing with Ms Rogalska, Head of Unit, Sustainable Industrial Policy and Construction. Ms Rogalska will discuss the challenges that Europe faces in balancing economic growth and growing industry with a longer-term move to a low carbon economy, and giving a perspective from DG GROW on how these can be met.

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Maria Åsenius, Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Malmström, Trade

We are delighted to welcome Mrs Maria Åsenius, Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Malmström who will speak with us regarding the Commission's position on a number of trade related issues during this Commission term. More information to follow.

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Demystifying dismissals: lessons learnt after year one of the new dismissal rules

1 January 2014 saw the introduction of new dismissal rules in Belgium. Since then it is no longer possible to include probationary periods in employment contracts, employees can no longer claim the Claeys Formula and the same dismissal rules apply to both blue-collar and white-collar employees.

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'Medical devices and related legislation' with Gesine Meissner

In September 2012, the European Commission adopted two proposals on medical devices, and on in vitro diagnostic medical devices that, once adopted by the European Parliament and Council, would replace the three existing Medical Device Directives. As shadow rapporteur on this dossier for the ALDE group, Gesine will discuss the current status of medical devices and related legislation within the European Parliament. Following a brief presentation there will be a moderated Q&A session with Ms Meißner to allow participants to pose their own questions on the topic.

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Training: Increasing Employee engagement - key to business success

Gain greater insight into what you as a leader can do, to increase employee engagement, with a focus on: engaging communication, the importance of recognition and appreciation, and gaining commitment and buy-in. With Christine Reijnders from the Leadership Trust.


Nico van Belzen, Director-General of the International Dairy Federation on ICN2

A Food, Health & Consumer task force briefing with Nico van Belzen on the second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), held in Rome from the 19th-21st November, and what the discussions held mean for business going forward. ICN2 was a high-level intergovernmental meeting aimed at focusing attention on addressing malnutrition, attended by representatives from more than 170 governments, as well as from civil society and business.

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Implementing an effective fringe benefits policy: how to increase your employees’ pocket salary without your labour cost exploding

Which benefits can I offer to my employees? As an employer, will I have to pay social contributions on the benefits I chose, and will my employees be taxed on them? Do the social security administration and the tax administration always classify benefits the same way? Your options may also be affected by these new labour and social law measures announced by the new federal government:

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Building and delivering innovation through high value manufacturing: the Nissan case

Innovation is stimulating growth in the manufacturing sector by helping businesses and research institutions accelerate new concepts into commercial reality. At this networking lunch, Nissan and Sunderland City Council will talk about how they have collaborated to deliver a world leading automotive sector and the lessons learnt from this close strategic relationship between public and private sectors.

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British Chamber New Year Networking Cocktail

Join us for the first networking cocktail of the year at the luxurious Amigo Hotel. Besides marking the start of the New Year together, we will put the spotlight on Trade & Investment, by celebrating recent achievements and upcoming initiatives, including the launch of the 2015 Golden Bridge Awards.

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BNG Lunch & Learn with Martijn Pakker on 'Navigating the EU Bubble: The importance of networking and relationship management in EU public affairs and advocacy'

Due to reaching full capacity, registration for this event is now closed. This event is open to young professionals aged 35 and below. Martijn Pakker, consultant for Porter Novelli, will discuss strategies for success within the 'EU Bubble'. This is a great opportunity to network with other young professionals and improve upon your relationship development skills.



The public health priorities of the European Parliament with Dr Peter Liese MEP

Dr Peter Liese MEP will be addressing a business lunch on the public health priorities of the European Parliament, as well as the key public health dossiers of the ENVI Committee. Peter Liese has been a member of the European Parliament since 1994, and alongside his membership of the ENVI Committee, where he is a coordinator for the Christian Democrats, Peter is a deputy member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as a member of the Delegations to the countries of Central America and to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary assembly.

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Gunnar Hökmark MEP on Upcoming EU Legislation on Banking

Due to reaching full capacity, registration for this event has now closed. Join us for a Financial Services task force breakfast briefing with Gunnar Hökmark MEP, ECON committee to discuss upcoming EU legislation on banking. More information to follow.

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Priorities of the IMCO Committee with Vicky Ford

Mrs Ford, newly appointed chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee, Member of the European Conservative and Reformists Group will deliver a speech on the priorities of the committee for the coming term.

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Merger Minority Investment with Johannes Luebking, DG COMP

Johannes Luebking, Head of Unit A2, Merger Case Support and Policy will discuss Minority Investment and the EU Merger Regulation over a Competition & Trade task force briefing. More information to come.

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'mHealth and health-related apps' with Celine Deswarte, DG Connect

The Health, Consumer and Social Affairs task force would like to invite members to attend a lunch briefing with Celine Deswarte, Policy Officer at Unit Health and Well-Being, Sustainable and Secure Society, DG Connect. In an informal roundtable discussion Ms Deswarte will discuss mHealth and health related apps, a topic of ever-increasing importance. More information to follow soon...

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Brussels New Generation Christmas Drinks

Come and join us for the BNG Christmas Drinks at the British Chamber, where you will have the opportunity to meet other young professionals who have attended the BNG events throughout the year. It will also be a chance to end the year in a nice informal way with a glass of wine



Energy, Smart Grids and Sustainability

Ahead of new announcements from DG Energy on Smart Metering due in the first quarter of 2015, Klaus-Dieter Borchardt will give a keynote on their approach and priorities for the New Year. With rollouts of new smart meters approaching, and their minimum functionality to be defined, Mr Borchardt will speak under the Chatham House Rule on the Commission’s forthcoming policy approach.

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Christmas Drinks for Members of the European Parliament

2014 has been a lively year, characterised by elections, new colleagues, hearings and now a new Commission. As the year begins to draw to a close, we would like to invite you to our December cocktail reception for Members of Parliament, which will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels, in partnership with The Walt Disney Company, on Tuesday December 2 from 1800 to 2000 in the Members Salon.

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Priorities of the INTA Committee with Bernd Lange

Since joining the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in his native Germany during his time at secondary school, Bernd Lange has been actively engaged in politics and public service. After a spell as a secondary school teacher from 1983-1994, Bernd was elected as an MEP. He was significantly involved in industrial, environmental and research policies as well as climate protection and the future of the automotive economy.

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BNG Lunch with Alison De Maret, Vice-President of Human Resources, Burberry

Registrations for this event are now closed. If you have any questions please ask Ms Bryony Morse on eucommittee@britishchamber.be Join us for BNG Lunch & Learn with Alison De Maret, vice- president of human resources for Burberry. This event is being run under our Brussels New Generation Programme which is for young professionals (aged 35 and under). More information to follow.


Patron Dinner with Juris Štālmeistars, Deputy Permanent Representative of Latvia to the EU

The British Chamber are hosting a dinner with Juris Štālmeistars, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Latvia to the EU ahead of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union which begins on January 1st 2015. The dinner is intended for senior representatives of member companies with attendance restricted to one person per company due to the limited space available.

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The Finance Function of the Future

At a time when growth opportunities are hard to identify and execute, Finance functions are increasingly challenged to provide their organisations with a strategic edge. The challenges from new and existing stakeholders around external communication and reporting are also putting increased pressure on Finance at a time when minimising costs is important. Given these challenges, is your Finance function ready for the future?

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Smart Cities: Belgium

On November 25th, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) will host a webinar about Smart Cities: Belgium.

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Golden Bridge Trade & Export Awards

Join us to celebrate the 18th annual Golden Bridge Trade and Export Awards. In the company of business leaders, trade and investment representatives, and other members of the Chamber, the Awards recognise the achievements of Benelux and British businesses in exporting.

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Vlerick Expat Event

Give your career new inspiration during your stay in Belgium and join the Vlerick Expat Event at Vlerick Campus Brussels on 19 November! The keynote address ‘ Dancing with wolves - a new look on managing intercultural conflict ’ given by Smaranda Boros and Ralf Wetzel - 2 inspiring Vlerick Professors - will certainly give you food for thought as it sets a vibrant, congenial tone for this unique expat evening.

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High Level Networking Event: Marine, Logistics & Energy for UK Companies in Belgium

Cross border trade is about to receive a boost.  Are you aware that the European Union’s new funding programmes for the next seven years are about to start with an opportunity to access millions of euros?  The EU commits significant funds in pursuit of cross border goals that encourage public private and voluntary sectors across Europe to work together, learn and make efficiency savings through shared innovation and investments.

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Latvian presidency priorities in health - Karina Zalite, Health Attache, Latvian Perm Rep

An EU Committee breakfast with Karina Zalite, health attaché at the Permanent Representation of Latvia to the European Union. Ms Zalite will be presenting on, "Latvian presidential priorities in health" before a moderated question and answer session will allow participants the opportunity to pose their questions.

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Great Brussels Bake Off - Come along and taste

Join us to witness the baking competition of the year! The Great Brussels Bake Off will be a showdown between over 25 teams of bakers split into categories, with the entries judged by a distinguished panel of chefs and pastry experts. Bake Off team registrations has now closed but we’d love for you to join us on October 27th, where you can witness the fierce competition, as well as taste these wonderful goodies for just €5!


Buy from Startups

Buy From Startups will bring startups in direct contact with decision makers in big corporates, creating an opportunity for startups to secure crucial first reference customers - and for corporates, an opportunity to discover truly innovative solutions.

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British Chamber's visit to Strasbourg

This event is now at full capacity but please RSVP to Antony.So@britishchamber.be if you wish to be added to the waiting list. The British Chamber invites you to join the 29th Annual Visit to Strasbourg in October. With a new Parliament having been elected, the visit will allow members of the EU Committee to discuss what policy areas and work streams will be a priority for incoming parliamentary committees. We will hold four panel sessions with key MEPs from the ENVI, ECON, IMCO and ITRE committees.


BNG Annual Visit to Strasbourg 2014

There is no formal ‘guide to Strasbourg’ and going for the first time can be daunting. This annual visit, now in its fourth year, prepares young professionals for visits to Strasbourg, helps them to develop the knowledge, skills and contacts necessary for a career in the EU Affairs environment.


Latvian presidency priorities in agriculture, safe and sustainable food

Join us for a briefing of the Food Security, Safety & Sustainability task force with Aivars Lapins - Deputy State Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Latvia to the EU. More information coming soon

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‘A Great British Success Story’ - JLR’s story of recovery to global success

Join us for this high-level panel debate with Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) Executive Director, Mike Wright, Employment Committee and West Midlands MEP, Siôn Simon, and DG Enterprise Industrial Policy Director, Carlo Pettinelli. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturing business, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel drive vehicles and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.

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Expat Financial Affairs 2014: growth makes you happy

Are you an expat in Belgium? Are you struggling to find financial advice relevant to your status? The British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium wants to help, and has invited a number of experts to come and share their knowledge and experience on all sorts of financial issues for expatriates living in Belgium.

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Innovation in industry: what does the future hold?

Over the last few years a large push for innovation has taken place within the EU, enabling a halving of the innovation gap with the US.

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Lunch with Michael Cramer - Chair of the Transport and Tourism committee of the European Parliament

Join us for a business lunch with Michael Cramer MEP, Chair of the Transport and Tourism committee of the European Parliament. Mr Cramer will be speaking on the Transport Committee’s views and work on current EU transport policy, with a specific focus on unfair intermodal competition issues in the transport sector. More information coming soon...

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New state aid rules for R&D

On May 21st, the European Commission adopted new State aid guidelines for Research, Development and Innovation as part of the State Aid Modernisation strategy, on-going since 2012. Member states can now grant up to €15 million for experimental development per project and beneficiary without Commission approval; double the previous €7.5 million limit. Member states will also be allowed to fund up to 90% of the costs of applied research projects, up from 60% previously.

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Moving forward with a new energy efficiency directive with Paul Hodson, Head of Unit C3, Energy Efficiency, European Commission

The Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU EED) requires the Commission to assess, by 30 June 2014, the progress achieved towards the 20% European energy efficiency target for 2020. It also envisages by the same date, the assessment to be submitted to the European Parliament and to the Council, possibly accompanied by proposals for further measures. In addition, energy efficiency is part of the discussions on the '2030 Climate and Energy framework'.



How do UK consumers' finances compare to other EU countries?

Michelle Smyth and Caroline Fletcher will join us from the UK consumer organisation Which? to discuss the recent report '"How do UK consumers' finances compare to other EU countries? ". The report details the differing consumer experience across the EU, and the varied financial pressures that consumers face as a result. The panel debate will discuss the findings of the report and ask how the EU can best respond and engage with these issues. More speakers to be confirmed.


EU Antitrust and completion of the Digital Single Market, state of play and future priorities with Linsey McCallum, Director, Markets and Cases, DG COMP, European Commission

On the occasion of the EU Consumer Summit 2014, the European Commissioner for Consumer Policy, Neven Mimica said: "Consumers have a lot to gain from the digital economy: better deals to be found, more content to access and cheaper ways to communicate”. Completing the digital single market would benefit EU consumers by on average €400 a year, some €200 billion Europe wide.

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EU Committee Lunch with Julie Girling, MEP

During the 2013 European Risk Summit, MEP Julie Girling called for Member States to work together to promote science and evidence based solutions to policy making. Ms Girling believes there should be a focus on creating reports which are substantiated with science, and not through ‘emotive arguments and political pressure’. Ms Girling currently sits on the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety; the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development; and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.  

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PANEL DEBATE: Towards a Transatlantic Energy Alliance? T-TIP and Europe’s external energy relations with David Koranyi, Atlantic Council and Jeffery Piper, DG ENERGY

The purpose of TTIP is to liberalise trade and investment between the EU and the US. There is plenty in the negotiations to debate about, but today’s energy dynamics are a focus of the TTIP discussions.  The EU is concerned with energy security and diversification, but is also justifiably worried about the risks of exploiting its own natural gas reserves.




“The Intel Case” with Nicholas Banasevic, Head of Unit C3, DG COMP

On 13 May 2009, the European Commission adopted a decision finding that Intel Corporation infringed Article 82 of the EC Treaty by abusing its dominant position on the x86 central processing unit (CPU) market. The decision imposed a fine of EUR 1.06 billion and obliged Intel to cease the identified illegal practices, to the extent that they are ongoing, and not to engage in the same or equivalent practices in the future.

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PANEL DEBATE: European energy security, a comprehensive approach to face and reduce EU energy dependence

The Ukraine crisis has catapulted energy security and security of supply back up to the political agenda. After the temporary disruptions of gas supplies in the winters of 2006 and 2009, the Crimean Affair re-opened heated debates on energy dependence.

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BNG Lunch & Learn with Jeroen Gaudissabois , Consultant, Porter Novelli: Media Relations: Where do we go now?

The traditional form of media relations has become all but redundant in our current high-information, low-attention world. Journalists’ time and attention have become preciously scarce commodities, causing traditional press releases, press conferences, traditional events and those good old “have you seen my mail” calls to miss the mark more often than not.


Sustainable health systems - Andrzej Rys, DG SANCO

Join us for a business lunch with Andrej Rys, Director of Health Systems and Products at DG SANCO. Mr Rys will be speaking on "Sustainable health systems". More information coming soon...

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A 360° review of Common Agricultural Policy Reform: milestones and future planning with Georg Häusler, Head of Cabinet of Mr Dacian Cioloş

Since its creation, the CAP has always been adapted to respond to the challenges of its time. This is the reason why Commissioner Cioloş launched on 12 April 2010 a public debate on the Common Agricultural Policy’s future, objectives, and principles .

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British Chamber Summer Networking Cocktail

Join us as we welcome in the Brussels summer at our Networking Cocktail at Hotel le Chatelain.  We will be launching the results of our first Business Confidence Survey done in collaboration with the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and open the call for applications for our prestigious Golden Bridge Awards.


Preparing for the new European Parliament Session

“This time it’s different” – everyone is agreed that the 2014 European elections are of crucial importance to the future of the Union. How will these elections impact the functioning of the parliament in the aftermath? How do the parliamentary groups prepare for the new session and hit the ground running in order to best put forward their agenda?

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Cybersecurity in Europe

Join us for a business lunch with Professor Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director, European Network and Information Security Agency. More information coming soon.

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Consumer and health aspects of TTIP

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is of great importance to stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic. With the potential to reinvigorate US-EU relations, as well as providing a much needed boost to European and US markets, the stakes are high.  

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EU Committee Quarterly Meeting with Robert Tinline, Political Counsellor, UK Permanent Representation

The EU Committee cordially invites you to attend our quarterly briefing from the UK Permanent Representative to the EU. For this quarter we are happy to welcome Robert Tinline, Counsellor – Political and Institutional Affairs, UK Permanent Representation to the EU, who will give a briefing on the topic of The political direction of the EU: a UK perspective.

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Change or Continuity? What to expect from the European Parliament in the next five years

Following the elections to the European Parliament, many questions remain over what consequences they will have for the policy-making process. Will the European Parliament’s power be boosted by the results of the 2014 elections; given their high profile nature relative to previous elections? What impact can we expect the elections to have on the Parliaments’ relations with the other institutions? What evolution can we expect to see in the Parliament’s way of working in the future?

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The future of European Commission customs policy

Join us for a breakfast briefing with Tomas Kucirek, head of the customs policy unit within DG TAXUD. Mr Kucirek will be speaking on the future of the European Commission's approach to customs policy. More informaiton coming soon.

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Analyisis of Italian Presidency Priorities for Financial Services with Sebastiano Laviola, Financial Attaché

Italy will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2014, at a time that Europe is going through a crucial transitional phase. In order to face this challenge, five areas will form the core of the Italian presidency's priorities: General institutional set-up, External action and trade, Industrial policy, Migration, Link to Expo 2015, Taxation.


ICT for Mobility

DG CONNECT’s ICT for Mobility programme aims to improve the safety, reliability and environmental performance of Europe’s transport systems through the integration of ICT solutions.

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The new energy State aid rules, competitiveness and climate change with Gert Jan Koopman, Deputy Director General for State Aids, DG COMP

On April 2014, the European Commission adopted new Guidelines on State Aid in the field of environmental protection and energy for 2014-2020. The declared focus of the guidelines is to find a balance between the need for public funds in support of renewable energy and the goal of ensuring competitive markets.

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EU Committee Business Lunch with Tomasz Husak: Europe’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. Balancing sustainability, competitiveness and security of supply

Europe successfully designed a sustainable 2030 framework, taking into consideration the three main objectives: security and stability of energy supply; globally cost/competitive energy prices and environmental aspects to tackle negative externalities. EU leaders agreed in March 2014 to decide on the framework in October 2014. Throughout these months, they have to face one of the most significant geopolitical challenges in our age of time: energy security.

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Gateway To Europe: Business Opportunities in Belgium and Beyond - The Suffolk Show, Ipswich

Did you know that Belgium is the 6th largest market for UK exports, larger than India and China combined? Compared to emerging markets it’s low risk and just over there. But more than that, it’s an ideal test market, a logistics hub and gateway to the rest of the European market. Why not take this chance to meet key partners who can help you take advantage of this opportunity?

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Industrial Renaissance

As the European Union emerges from its longest ever recession, confidence is returning to the economy, but the recovery remains fragile, with modest GDP growth. With increasing growth and competitiveness one of the European Commission’s key goals, a renewed effort to strengthen the industrial base of Europe’s economy is being made. The Europe 2020 strategy calls for industry to make up a 20% share of Europe’s economy by 2020, a target which is still some way off.

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EU Committee Breakfast briefing with Sofia Alves: European Competition Network, role and future priorities

The ECN is the network of cooperation between competition authorities which brings together the 28 EU national competition authorities and the Commission. The latter plays a central role in ensuring consistency in the application of the EU competition rules and development of a common competition policy in the EU.  It is focused on securing convergent outcomes and procedures, as European competition rules are applied by all members.

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Copyright reform

On the 5th of December the European Commission launched a public consultation on a review of EU copyright rules. The rapid rise of the digital economy has boosted the European economy, but also presents significant challenges to existing rules on intellectual property.  

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Freight Transport Logistics Action Plan with Maximilian Strotmann, Member of cabinet to Siim Kallas, European Commission

The European Commission is moving towards the revision of the 2007 Freight Logistic action plan. Within the “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area”, one of the main important objectives are to boost a more efficient use of freight transport, acting on prices and sustainability of these practices.

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Shaping big data and cloud computing policies

Big data and cloud computing are revolutionary technologies promising to create new opportunities, efficiencies and products whilst threatening to leave those caught behind spluttering in the dust. Big data, nowadays increasingly unstructured has the potential to greatly improve businesses’ analytical and decision-making capabilities whilst offering a more personalised service to their clients.

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Customs - security risk management

Illicit trade is now thought to represent between 7% and 10% of the global economy. The World Customs Organization & the EU are urging the international community to implement better Risk-Management Systems and advanced selectivity, profiling & targeting methods

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Accounting training : Basic Terms and Concepts

Dates:Tuesday 13 May 2014, 13.00-17.30          Tuesday 20 May 2014, 13.00-17.30 These terms include transactions, credits, debits, assets, liabilities, equity, expenses, cash flow, depreciation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, etc. They are basic, and they will probably clear up any confusion you may have had in the past when talking with your Accountant, Auditor or Controller. Who Should Attend

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BNG Lunch & Learn European election series – The EPP Campaign with Roland Freudenstein, Deputy Director of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

Every five years citizens of the European Union decide who will be the new Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). At this important moment for European Parliament election, we invite to join us for a new session of Lunch & Learn – Election series, focusing on the European People’s Party (EPP) campaign.

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TTIP - overcoming different approaches to food and agriculture regulation with Cynthia Guven, U.S. Mission to the European Union, Foreign Agricultural Service.

Tariff barriers and different standards have been the subject of trade disputes between the US and the EU for years. For this reason as well as many others, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that is currently at the center of EU-US negotiations intends to jump-start fragile markets and boost economic growth and job creation in both regions.

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Digital & Social Media Monitoring Workshop

This interactive seminar, co-hosted with UKTI Belgium, will provide insight on current opportunities in digital media monitoring. The workshop will be tailored toward public affairs strategy, but will be applicable to a broader audience as well.

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BNG Lunch & Learn European election series – The EGP Campaign with Johannes Hillje, Campaign Manager

Every five years citizens of the European Union decide who will be the new Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Once the MEPs are elected, they become a part of one of the transnational political groups. The big question of the elections therefore is which one of these European groupings will be the one with the greatest influence in the next term. As five years since the last elections of the European Parliament have almost past, we have approached the time when political campaigns are taking shape.


The Ukraine situation, European energy policy and energy security with Ambassador Urban Rusnák

The change of government in Kiev, the Russian military action in Crimea, the diplomatic reaction by the western powers, and the perceived danger of war, clearly have implications for all economic relations between Russia, Ukraine and Europe, especially in the energy sphere. The Crimean crisis has highlighted Europe's dependence on Russian energy, and raised issues about how European Union energy policies might be adopted.

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Demystifying pensions in Belgium

Whether you are mid career or approaching retirement, this free presentation aims to Demystify pensions in Belgium so you can feel confident about the financial decisions you make between now and retirement.

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Keeping Belgium competitive in the global market

Minister Geen’s recent proposal to reduce the tax burden on the Belgian economy by €6 billion is part of a raft of measures by the CD&V party aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the Belgian economy, recently hit hard by the Euro crisis, and under pressure in the longer term due to an ageing population and an increasingly competitive global market.        

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Priorities of the Italian Presidency

Italy will take on the presidency of the council this July, seeking to strengthen political union and create a stronger “EU project”. With both Italy and the EU facing great challenges, Italy’s presidency comes during a pivotal time for the Union.          

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European Innovation Fitting into the Global Economy

In today’s economy, innovation is the main driver of economic growth, employment and competitiveness. Therefore, the TTIP Agreement negotiations between the EU and the US should be dedicated to maximizing innovation in the two regions, concentrating specifically on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property.

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ECR - International Trade priorities with Robert Sturdy MEP

In May 2014, we will have the chance to shape the future of Europe. In this election, Mr Sturdy will give a keynote speech on the ‘Key priorities in international trade for the ECR ahead of the 2014 elections’ which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.  

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Italian Presidency Priorities for Transport

Italy will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2014, at a time that Europe is going through a crucial transitional phase. In order to face this challenge, five areas will form the core of the Italian presidency's priorities: General institutional set-up, External action and trade, Industrial policy, Migration, Link to Expo 2015, Taxation.

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Patron Breakfast with Jonathan Faull - Director General, DG MARKT, European Commission

With the European Parliament elections in May promising to be some of the most dramatic and important the EU has ever seen, and the introduction of a new college of commissioners, 2014 is certainly a year of change for the Union. Understanding the future direction of EU policies is crucial for the long term planning of businesses with interests across the continent. What effects will a parliament widely expected to be the most Eurosceptic the EU has yet seen have on the functioning of the Union?




Health and Safety at Work

We will have the pleasure of welcoming guest speaker Mrs Maria Moitinho de Almeida, Head of Unit, Health, Safety and Hygeine at Work, DG SANCO and Mr Alvarez Hidalgo, Deputy Head of Unit. Mrs Moitinho de Almeida and Mr Alvarez will give a short presentation about ‘

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Healthcare priorities of the ECR

Many of the public health challenges facing Europe are cross-border in nature, and must thus be met with a coordinated, cross-border response. The European Parliament committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) is an important player in the creation of European public health policy; scrutinising European Commission proposals on public health, and generating proposals on better health legislation for Europe.

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G20 & Tax Evasion with Philip Kerfs – Economist/Tax Policy Analyst, International Cooperation and Tax Administration Division, OECD

Philip Kerfs works at the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration of the OECD, where he is co-heading the international co-operation unit. Over the past three years he has mainly worked on the TRACE Project and on the common model for automatic exchange of financial account information.

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Patron Dinner with Dr Richard Corbett - Member of the Cabinet of Herman van Rompuy

The Lisbon treaty came into force on the 1st December 2009, revolutionising the way the EU functions. Amongst its many consequences was the creation of the role of President of the European Council, a position currently held by Herman Van Rompuy. He is responsible for chairing the European Council meetings, which have increasingly come to define the overall direction of the Union, as well as being amongst the standard responses in a crisis.

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WHO Health Priorities

The World Health Organisation is the United Nation’s authority on health matters, established in 1948. It is charged with overseeing and directing the public health work of the UN, with a stated objective of “the attainment by people of the highest possible level of health”.

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The new approach to the European programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP)

The European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP) seeks to improve the protection of critical infrastructure across the EU. It sets out sector-specific standards and advice for the protection of European Critical Infrastructure, as well as providing a platform for the sharing of best practices via the creation of expert groups for each sector.

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The political priorities of the European Green Party

With the European Parliament elections approaching in May, and the electoral convention of the European Green Party on the 21st, it is time to hear from the leadership of the party.  

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Greek Presidency customs priorities

We will have the pleasure of welcoming guest speaker Mr Manos Kokolakis , Customs Attache at the Permanent Representation of Greece to the EU.

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Returning to Growth: the Role for Banks and Insurers in Financing the Economy with Mario Nava – Director, Directorate H, Financial Institutions, DG MARKT

Long term finance is essential in satisfying the needs of long term physical investment across all sectors in the economy and especially in key drivers such as growth. Traditionally, banks and insurers have been a key player in the financial system by means of transforming savings into long term capital to finance private sector investment.

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EU Committee Panel Debate with David Casa MEP, Dennis Kredler, Director General, European Retail Round Table, Kristin Schreiber, Deputy Head of Cabinet to Michel Barnier, and Johannes Ferber, Expansion Manager, IKEA Germany

The internal market is the cornerstone of growth in the EU, and a central component of the European project. It remains a key strategic objective for Europe, with the potential to act as an engine for growth in the post-crisis recovery. An important part of the single market is the retail sector worth €454billion, representing 4.3% of Europe’s total value added and employing an estimated 18.6 million people.

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