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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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José Inácio Faria MEP on Access to Medicines

03-May-2017
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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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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Roundtable: Impact of Brexit on Customs and Trade with Bruegel

09-May-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. 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

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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 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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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?

11-May-2017
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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Mid-term review of the Capital Markets Union with Ugo Bassi, Director, Dir C Financial Markets, DG FISMA

16-May-2017
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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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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Dr. Krišjānis Kariņš MEP on the EU's Electricity Market Regulation

30-May-2017
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 and to the electricity market regulation, will share his thoughts on the EU's Electricity Market Regulation.

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The Ambassador Hosts: Sophie Wilmès – Assessing future priorities and accounting for uncertainty in balancing Belgium’s budget

30-May-2017
We are delighted to present an exclusive lunch briefing hosted by British Ambassador to Belgium Alison Rose featuring the Belgian Minister of Budget, Sophie Wilmès as the keynote speaker.

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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 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.

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Training | “Keep calm and stay on message” - How to handle the media with ease and confidence

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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Priorities of the Estonian Presidency in Health with Tairi Täht, Counsellor for Health Affairs

02-Jun-2017
With Estonia becoming the next incumbent in the Presidency cycle, we are delighted to welcome Tairi Täht, Counsellor for Health Affairs, to discuss the priorities of the Estonian Presidency in Health.

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

08-Jun-2017
With Estonia coming next at the EU Presidency cycle, Märt Loite, Counsellor for Economic Affairs, Head of Section at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the European Union, will provide an overview of the priorities of the Estonian Presidency in the Single Market and in Competitiveness.

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Is your Non-Profit Organisation compliant and fully optimised?

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

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The Priorities of The Estonian Presidency in Trade with Maria Orlova, Counsellor, Trade Policy Committee

13-Jun-2017
With Estonia coming up in the EU Presidency cycle, we are delighted to welcome Maria Orlova, Counsellor, Trade Policy Committee, Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU, discussing the trade priorities of the Estonian Presidency.

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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.

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The Priorities of the Estonian Presidency in Environment with Kristi Klaas, Counsellor for Environmental Affairs, Head of Section

14-Jun-2017
During this Industrial Competitiveness Task Force Briefing, Kristi Klaas, Counsellor for Environmental Affairs, Head of Section at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU, will discuss the priorities of the upcoming Estonian Presidency in Environment.

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

15-Jun-2017
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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Priorities of the Estonian Presidency in Agriculture with Peeter Seestrand, Director of Division of Agriculture

16-Jun-2017
With Estonia becoming the next incumbent in the Presidency cycle, we are delighted to welcome Peeter Seestrand, Director of Division of Agriculture 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.

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Priorities of the Estonian Presidency in the Digital Single Market with Luukas Kristjan Ilves, Counsellor for Digital Affairs, Head of Telecommunications Section

19-Jun-2017
Luukas Kristjan Ilves, Counsellor for Digital Affairs, Head of Telecommunications Section, will discuss the Priorities of the Estonian Presidency, next in the European Council policy cycle, in the Digital Single Market.

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Priorities of the Estonian Presidency with Ambassador Kaja Tael

21-Jun-2017
With Estonia becoming the next incumbent in the Presidency cycle, we are delighted to welcome Ambassador Kaja Tael to discuss the priorities of the Estonian Presidency.

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

26-Jun-2017
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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The modernization of the E-commerce trade for VAT purposes with Ludwig De Winter, Head of sector, Unit C1 – Value Added Tax, DG TAXUD

28-Jun-2017
As part of the European Commission's Strategy for the EU Digital Single Market as well as the Better Regulation Agenda, the Commission is strongly committed to its proposal on modernising the VAT for cross-border e-commerce. During this Task Force Briefing co-hosted by the Financial Markets and the Single Market Task Force, Ludwig De Winter, Head of sector, Unit C1 – Value Added Tax, DG TAXUD, will share his thoughts on the modernization of the E-commerce trade for VAT purposes.

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

25-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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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:

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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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