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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.

18-Sep-2017
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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Jean-Luc Demarty, Director General, DG TRADE, on the Future of European Trade Policy

19-Sep-2017
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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Competition and Trade Task Force Briefing with Jean Bergevin, Head of Unit, Antitrust: Financial Services, Dir D 2, DG COMP on the Challenges and Priorities in Antitrust in Financial Services

21-Sep-2017
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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Gian Marco Currado, Counsellor - Social and Environment, UK Representation to the EU on the Evolution of Environment and Health Policy Agenda

22-Sep-2017
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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The Future of Food Safety with Ladislav Miko, Deputy Director-General for Food Safety, DG SANTE

25-Sep-2017
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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The Services Package with Andreas Schwab MEP

26-Sep-2017
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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Using Litigation Strategically: A guide to the EU courts for public affairs professionals

26-Sep-2017
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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Training | Preparing a Business Plan – special focus: preparing the budget

27-Sep-2017
Do you have a new idea that you would like to turn into a business? Do you have a business or department that needs that little extra push to make it just that little bit more successful?

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Overview of the Commission’s Financial Services Agenda with Jan Ceyssens, Member of Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis' Cabinet

28-Sep-2017
We are delighted to host Jan Ceyssens, Member of Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis' Cabinet, for a lunch session, providing us with an overview of the Commission’s Financial Services Agenda.

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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

28-Sep-2017
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.

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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

03-Oct-2017
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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Expat Financial Affairs 2017

10-Oct-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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Innovation and Merger Control: Lessons Learnt from Current Practice with Josep Maria Carpi Badia, Head of Unit, Mergers case support and policy, Dir-A2, DG COMP

11-Oct-2017
At this Competition and Trade Task Force lunch we will be joined by Josep Maria Carpi Badia covering his priorities as Head of Unit for Mergers case support and policy with special focus on innovation and mergers control.

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

16-Oct-2017
The Industrial Competitiveness Task Force 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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The Ambassador Hosts: Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister - International Trade: A Belgian Outlook

18-Oct-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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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)

19-Oct-2017
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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Cybersecurity with Jakub Boratyński, Head of Unit Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy

20-Oct-2017
The EU has made one of its priority to boost the security of the digital world. As the European Commission will publish in September a new EU cyber security strategy, we are pleased to be joined by Jakub Boratyński who will lead us through the file. 

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

26-Oct-2017
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. 

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Overview of Health Policies with Tapani Piha, Head of Unit, Cross Border Healthcare and eHealth , DG SANTE

27-Oct-2017
Tapani Piha, Head of Unit at DG SANTE, will discuss the works of the EU for better health systems through its policies and activities. Given the recent updates as well as the upcoming proposals, Mr Piha will focus on the Health Technology Assessments (HTA), the European Reference Networks and eHealth.

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Competition and Trade Task Force Briefing with Krzysztof Kuik, Head of Unit, Antitrust: Media, Dir. C2, DG COMP on Commission Priorities in the Media Sector

06-Nov-2017
During this Competition and Trade Task Force Briefing with Krzysztof Kuik, Head of Unit, Antitrust: Media, Dir. C2, DG COMP, will discuss the Commission's Priorities in the Media Sector.

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

08-Nov-2017
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.

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Pesticides and Biocides Regulation with Klaus Berend, Head of Unit - Pesticides and Biocides at DG SANTE

08-Nov-2017
At this EU Committee briefing, we will be joined by Klaus Berend, new Head of Unit E4. Pesticides and Biocides at DG SANTE to talk about his priorities.Dr. Klaus Berend joined the European Commission in 1994 and is currently Head of Unit in the European Commission's Directorate-General Health and Food Safety, responsible for the implementation of the Pesticides and Biocides legislation.

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Dr Kay Swinburne MEP on ECON Priorities

09-Nov-2017
The European Parliament’s Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) covers issues related to economic governance, monetary regulation, Banking Union, financial services as well as taxation and competition. During this lunch, Dr Kay Swinburne MEP, Vice-Chair of ECON, will brief us on the current state and progress of key files under discussion as well as on the major challenges faced by the Committee and on their priorities before the end of the year and for 2018.

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

20-Nov-2017
Anneleen Van Bossuyt MEP, new 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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Professor Rolf Heuer, Chair of SAM on The Role of the Scientific Advice Mechanism

29-Nov-2017
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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An update on recent Belgian labour law developments

30-Nov-2017
This seminar will cover the most recent labour law topics in Belgium. Find out more about:Updates on the work rules regulation: new obligations for employersPosting of workers to Belgium: new requirements to designate a contact person and to provide mandatory documents/information for social inspectionsJustifying a dismissal: recent case lawThe reduction of labour costs: new measures coming into force from 1st January 2018

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Overview of DG Just Agenda with Mr Francisco Fonseca Morillo, Deputy Director-General, DG JUST

05-Dec-2017
Francisco Fonseca Morillo, Deputy Director-General at DG JUST will lead us through DG JUST Agenda.

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