New Belgian Furlough Schemes: Which is Best for You?

On Friday 28th August the British Chamber of Commerce EU Belgium had the pleasure of hosting Sophie Maes and Sieglien Huyghe from Claeys & Engels to discuss the new changes to the Belgium temporary unemployment scheme from today, September 1st.
The existing scheme will be split up into five new schemes for Belgian businesses to choose from. Read this blog for a full breakdown of each scheme. Continue reading New Belgian Furlough Schemes: Which is Best for You?

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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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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