January in review – EU events

The chamber kicked off 2019 by discussing the state of play in three different areas, welcoming high-level and expert speakers. With Kris Dekeyser, Director “Policy and Strategy” at DG Competition at the European Commission, we tackled merger policy.  As the trends have shown the number of merger notifications submitted to the Commission has been increasing over the last years, with 2018 witnessing the highest number of notifications … Continue reading January in review – EU events

Fork in the road: Brexit and the choice facing Britain in March 2019

from Helena Raulus of the UK Law Societies As the debate in the UK Parliament on the ratification of the draft Withdrawal Agreement begins, it is a useful time to analyse the consequences of the adoption (or non-adoption) of the Agreement from a legal perspective. If the Agreement is not ratified, the main concern is that this could lead to a ‘no deal Brexit’, whereby … Continue reading Fork in the road: Brexit and the choice facing Britain in March 2019

Task Forces, Brexit and the legal perspective with Helena Raulus

We talk to Helena Raulus of the UK Law Societies, Chair of our Single Market Task Force and member of the EU – UK Future Relations Committee What are your biggest priorities at the moment? As Head of the UK Law Societies’ Brussels Office, my daily work revolves mainly around Brexit right now. I have a particular expertise on the different forms of EU cooperation … Continue reading Task Forces, Brexit and the legal perspective with Helena Raulus

Preparing for Brexit

Preparing for Brexit  It is less than 5 months until Brexit and the Article 50 deadline on 29 March 2019, and whilst rumours abound of deals, unfortunately – from a business perspective – the spectre of a non-orderly withdrawal outcome remains fully in view. With a few exceptions, it is a wide and deep business consensus that such a no-deal outcome would be an extremely … Continue reading Preparing for Brexit

Autumn in Review – EU Events

Like every autumn in Brussels, this one didn’t disappoint with regard to its packed schedule, and we would like to believe that we didn’t either! We kicked off with the discussion on Cartel Enforcement: Current Practice and Updates where we learned that since February 2018, companies breaching antitrust regulations by taking part in cartels has resulted in hundreds of million in fines, while ¾ of … Continue reading Autumn in Review – EU Events

Meeting with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab

On Thursday 25th October, the British Chamber’s CEO Glenn Vaughan met with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab for a landmark meeting alongside representatives from chambers across Europe. Glenn shares his thoughts following the meeting: There’s no certainty – but more clarity and confidence can be built Last Thursday I was part of a delegation of national chambers of commerce that met Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, … Continue reading Meeting with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab

Ron Aston, Chairman of The Wednesday Club Interview

Ron Aston is the chairman of the Wednesday Club. The Wednesday Club is an English speaking social club open to elderly people of all nationalities. The club meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month. It was created with the aim of combatting the prevalence of loneliness amongst the elderly. The Wednesday Club is one of the Corporate Social Responsibility charities affiliated with … Continue reading Ron Aston, Chairman of The Wednesday Club Interview

Making Tax Digital: changes to UK VAT compliance

This blog post was written by Marc Verbeek. Marc Verbeek is a Tax Partner currently working for Crowe Horwath Vanhuynegem Associates in Belgium, prior to this he worked at the Belgian Ministry of Finance, before moving on to spend 26 years with BDO. Marc is a certified tax consultant. His expertise includes (international) corporate tax advice, international employment tax, corporate tax compliance, rulings and litigation. … Continue reading Making Tax Digital: changes to UK VAT compliance