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Belgian Savings Reach Record High Amid Coronavirus Confidence Crash

Read Yasmine Lingemann’s blog on how Belgian’s are big savers which is problematic during the Covid-19 Crisis and Brexit transition period. Find out how you can help your business to navigate through this challenging time. Continue reading Belgian Savings Reach Record High Amid Coronavirus Confidence Crash

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UK-EU Border – The Devil’s in the Detail

The practical implications of Brexit on everyday UK-EU trade is becoming clearer week by week. This week, Amazon announced changes affecting Amazon sellers, customs briefings and enquiries ramped up, and the impact on product availability and businesses started to become evident. The detail is very welcome, and helps businesses prepare further. For some, the impact will be more difficult to manage and will effect consumer … Continue reading UK-EU Border – The Devil’s in the Detail

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UK-EU Trade – Get Ready For The End Of The Transition Period

The UK Government has published its long awaited border operating model. It makes clear how the border with the EU will work – at least in most cases. But some important questions remain, and the cost to business, in customs administration work alone, will be substantial. The government has responded to some key demands from British Chambers of Commerce for measures to improve cash flow. … Continue reading UK-EU Trade – Get Ready For The End Of The Transition Period

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The EU Recovery Plan

Last week’s virtual summit of EU leaders discussed the proposal for a revised long term budget and EU Recovery Plan – put together by the Commission in double quick time. Much of the discussion between member states is inevitably informed by a calculation of who gets what and who pays, so it will not be easy or very quick. But the effectiveness of the EU … Continue reading The EU Recovery Plan

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Declaring your UK income in your Belgian Tax Return

If you have any income that you receive in the UK and are unclear how to declare this in your Belgian income tax declaration, here’s some advice from Eric Laurent. If you need more, sign up for our webinar on Wednesday 24 June, especially as the deadline for personal tax declarations is 30 June! Eric is a Partner at ERYV – a family business working … Continue reading Declaring your UK income in your Belgian Tax Return

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The 110th Annual General Meeting

I wouldn’t say I’m an old hand at AGM’s but I’ve sat through quite a few and organised some too.  But this year was another new experience, and somewhat of a challenge – the Chamber’s first digital AGM.  Over the last few months’ we’ve all discovered the joys of Zoom, particularly the ease of moving from one meeting to another and how good it is … Continue reading The 110th Annual General Meeting

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Working from home – the new norm

The impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown measures have affected each of us in different ways. It’s caused health issues that have changed the lives of many, whilst others have been left unscathed. It’s also freed the time of thousands of people who’ve been placed under the furlough scheme, whilst the days of others have become substantially busier for a number of different reasons. … Continue reading Working from home – the new norm

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UK joining Lugano Convention is essential for EU Business and Consumers

There are many outstanding issues still to be negotiated as part of the future relationship between the EU and the UK, however one area where there shouldn’t be much disagreement is over the British government request to join the Lugano Convention. There should be an overwhelming interest for both sides to keep the existing relations in this field. The consequences would be severe and very negative … Continue reading UK joining Lugano Convention is essential for EU Business and Consumers

Fiscal representative to become mandatory for UK established companies in Belgium

As part of the VAT consequences of the departure of the UK from the EU, Belgian VAT authorities have officially communicated to business their position as to the need for UK established companies, that currently are VAT registered in Belgium via a direct VAT registration, to appoint an individual fiscal representative as a result of Brexit. The letter of the Belgian VAT authorities confirms that … Continue reading Fiscal representative to become mandatory for UK established companies in Belgium

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Will robots steal your job? A report on the British School of Brussels Expert Panel

Although those headlines that tell you robots are going to steal your job can be disheartening, the overarching message that came from last week’s panel was a positive one. Though the term Artificial Intelligence may seem scary, the panel reminded us that we actually already use A.I everyday – when we search Google, choose from recommendations on Netflix or Spotify or find more similar products … Continue reading Will robots steal your job? A report on the British School of Brussels Expert Panel

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

According to a recent report by the UK’s Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee (1), “There are stark differences in youth unemployment by ethnic group. In the year to June 2016, the unemployment rate among 16-24 year olds was 30% for black people, 26% for people from Bangladeshi or Pakistani ethnic background, and 13% for white people. While unemployment rates fall substantially with age for all ethnicities, the relative positions of the groups largely persist (2017, 11).” Continue reading Employment opportunities: British Black youth and the ‘ethnic penalty’

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Brexit – the Voices of European Business

New research by the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE) aims to give European businesses a voice. Key areas of common interest are identified, highlighting the priorities for a Brexit that secures prosperity for Europe. Business leaders across Europe need to be listened to. They also need clear signals from the EU and UK that will allow them to plan. These are just two … Continue reading Brexit – the Voices of European Business

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

Gain visibility and recognition for excellence in trade and export by applying for the Golden Bridge Trade and Investment Awards. What is the Golden Bridge Trade and Export Awards? The 2017 Golden Bridge Trade and Investment Awards present an exciting opportunity for UK companies trading or investing in Belgium, and Belgian and Luxembourgian companies trading or investing in the UK to showcase their bilateral success … Continue reading Golden Bridge Trade and Investment Awards 2017 – Last Call for Applications

Meet Wilhelm Emmrich, our summer intern!

Read why he chose to intern with us and how he has experienced his summer at the Chamber. Hi Wilhelm, tell us a bit about yourself, please.   I am originally from Germany and lived in the UK for about four years, first for school and then for university. My interest in EU-UK relations really started with my exchange year at a school in the Northeast of England, in Barnard Castle to be precise. After finishing my A-levels in … Continue reading Meet Wilhelm Emmrich, our summer intern!

‘Sensational Strasbourg’- Why you MUST be there!

By Euan Carey There’s only a week to go until our virtual trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. We absolutely cannot wait to show you what we have in store. Grab a drink, get comfy – this is going to be the best trip to Strasbourg you’ve never had! As you enter Strasbourg (virtually!) you will be able to enjoy all that the Chamber … Continue reading ‘Sensational Strasbourg’- Why you MUST be there!

Launch of the BritCham Sustainability Action Group

A Word From The Chair This group will seek to cover the three areas of sustainability: Environmental Social: Health & Well-being Economic  With this group, we aim to empower you to act. We will discuss issues related to the running of sustainable businesses, from practical tips for small steps you can take on a in your daily activity, to how to improve the effectiveness of your … Continue reading Launch of the BritCham Sustainability Action Group

EU Cancer Plan Report

On 18 November, The British Chamber of Commerce EU & Belgium brought together a high-level group of industry experts and scientists as well as representatives from the European Commission and MEPs to discusshow effective action on cancer prevention offers the best path for a successful Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. The event outlined concrete steps the EU and European stakeholders can take to tackle preventable cancers. … Continue reading EU Cancer Plan Report

SD Worx and BritCham EU & Belgium Present: Brexit FAQ’s and UK-Belgium Employer-Employee Issues

Read this blog for the most up-to-date advice and FAQ’s for UK and Belgium Employer-Employee issues post-January 2021. Advice subject to these issues not being revised as part of the ongoing negotiations. Continue reading SD Worx and BritCham EU & Belgium Present: Brexit FAQ’s and UK-Belgium Employer-Employee Issues