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Bendt Bendtsen, MEP on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

23-Mar-2017
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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The Ambassador Hosts: Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister - International Trade: A Belgian Outlook

27-Mar-2017
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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Extraordinary General Meeting

27-Mar-2017
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.  

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The Great Brussels Charity Bake Off 2017 Part 2 - Cake Tasting

27-Mar-2017
The Great Brussels Charity Bake Off is back for a 4th edition and we are trying to raise as much money as possible for the Community Help Service, an English speaking helpline operating in Belgium.

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Roundtable: Impact of Brexit on the Automotive and Industrial Manufacturing sectors

28-Mar-2017
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.

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Expat Financial Affairs Ghent

28-Mar-2017
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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Nikolaos Isaris, Deputy Head of Unit at DG CONNECT, on The Internet of Things

30-Mar-2017
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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Training | Finding your data and making better decisions

06-Apr-2017
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:

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Patron Dinner "Future of Business" Series with Richard Corbett MEP on the Future of Democracy

11-Apr-2017
As part of our Patron Dinner Series on The Future of Business, we are delighted to welcome Richard Corbett MEP to discuss The Future of Democracy. Over a three-course dinner, Richard Corbett MEP will provide a short keynote speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.Venue to be confirmed.

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BNG Breakfast with Zeger Vercouteren, Vice President Government Affairs & Policy, Johnson & Johnson EMEA

20-Apr-2017
As part of our ‘Breakfast with a CEO’ series, we will be hosted by Zeger Vercouteren, Vice President Government Affairs & Policy at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) EMEA.

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José Inácio Faria MEP on Access to Medicines

20-Apr-2017
After the adoption on the report on EU Options for Improving Access to Medicines, José Inácio Faria MEP, shadow rapporteur of the file, will discuss the current situation as regards the availability of medicines and healthcare in Europe.Mr Faria will provide a short keynote speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.  

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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

25-Apr-2017
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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British Chamber Spring Cocktail

25-Apr-2017
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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Panel Debate: Trade for All - Global Supply Chains and Impact on Jobs and Growth with Alessia Mosca MEP and Hosuk Lee Makiyama, Director, European Centre For International Political Economy

26-Apr-2017
After the 2015 launch of the European Comission’s Trade for all strategy, this panel debate will look at its current status,  its impact, and the way forward to achieve a more responsible, effective and transparent trade and investment policy in a world of increasing globalisation.

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

27-Apr-2017
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

27-Apr-2017
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.

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Is your Non-Profit Organisation compliant and fully optimised?

27-Apr-2017
Compliance and VAT of non-profit organizations will be reviewed, with some items highlighted: Compliance for Non-Profits:

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THE EXPATS GOLF TROPHY 2017

28-Apr-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,

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

04-May-2017
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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EU Breakfast on The future of antitrust with Cecilio Madero Villarejo, Deputy Director General, Antitrust, DG COMP

05-May-2017
We are delighted to welcome Cecilio Madero Villarejo, Deputy Director General, Antitrust, DG COMP, discussing the future of antitrust.

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Training | Brexit, Political Risks and their Impact on Business

10-May-2017
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.

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Francesca Colombo, Head of of the Health Division, OECD on "2017 OECD Programme in Health"

11-May-2017
The Meeting of OECD Health Ministers in January focused on how health systems can best adapt to meet the challenges of the future. We are delighted to welcome Francesca Colombo, Head of the Health Division, OECD, to discuss the "2017 OECD Programme in Health". 

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EU Lunch with Thomas Kramler, Head of the Digital Single Market Task Force, DG COMP, on e-Commerce Sector Inquiry - Reflections on the Consultation's Status and Announced Enforcement Actions

29-May-2017
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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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

30-May-2017
As part of our Patron Dinner Series on "2017: A Year of Elections", we are delighted to welcome Robert de Groot, upcoming 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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Annual General Meeting

31-May-2017
The 107th Annual General meeting will present the results of the President of the British Chamber being announced. 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.

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Training | Media

01-Jun-2017
Whether you are your organisation’s official spokesperson or not, in Brussels and beyond chances are, you will run into a journalist at some point. The akkanto media training will allow you to learn how to:

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Training | Public Speaking II

13-Jun-2017
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. With Beverley Robinson from RobinsonHenry.

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