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The EU transport security strategy
26 May 2012
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The EU transport security strategy

Over lunch, the discussion focused on the areas that need EU action, the staff working document on Transport Security, the security challenges within the Schengen zone; the role of research; importanc...
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The Future of Food and Farming: One year on
23 May 2012
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The Future of Food and Farming: One year on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_CVROad4DE

Paul Leonard, Chair of the Food Security, Sustainability & Safety task force of the British Chamber, was interviewed by Foresight about the report 'The Future of Food and Farming', published in January 2011. The Food Security, Safety and Sustainability task force of the British Chamber is a platform for the members to exchange views and enhance understanding regarding the food security issues, particularly following the food crisis of 2008 and the resulting EU agenda on food security. In the recent past, this task force had the pleasure of welcoming Ms Nina Fedoroff, Former science and technology adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State and Prof. Sir John Beddington, UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser.

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State aid compliance in the financial sector: a post-crisis framework
22 May 2012
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State aid compliance in the financial sector: a post-crisis framework

State aid rules for banks in distress that were put into place late 2008, after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, has proved to be essential for the rescue and restructuring of operations for European...
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Lunch&Learn session on “The Perfect Elevator Pitch”
16 May 2012
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Lunch&Learn session on “The Perfect Elevator Pitch”

A sales pitch is the most basic and versatile tool in any professional’s arsenal. Whether you’re looking to get a job or land clients, the elevator pitch is what gets your foot in the door! We...
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Improving adherence to medication and anti-counterfeiting
16 May 2012
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Improving adherence to medication and anti-counterfeiting

Over breakfast, the discussion focused on: The contribution of pharmacists to active & healthy ageing and the special case of adherence and New Medicines  Service in the UK; the challenges of...
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Food – Research & Innovation
10 May 2012
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Food – Research & Innovation

The development of an integrated approach to research and innovation in the Europe 2020 strategy seeks to achieve the completion of the European Research Area. Orientations of Research and Innovation...
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Data Protection
09 May 2012
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Data Protection

New EU rules on data protection were presented by Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding in January 2012. In this context, the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Cambre Associates organized...
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Foreign Policy
03 May 2012
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Foreign Policy

Catherine Ashton has been appointed by the European Council as High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. This Policy seeks to ensure a consistent and coordinated exter...
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eHealth
03 May 2012
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eHealth

The EU seeks to prioritize high quality health services for European citizens as health systems in the member states are becoming more interconnected. Technology plays an important role in achieving m...
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International Roaming
03 May 2012
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International Roaming

The roaming regulation introducing regulated prices for international roaming services and transparency requirements will be revised for the third time. The Commission is proposing new additional meas...
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Why an EU reform on occupational pensions?
02 May 2012
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Why an EU reform on occupational pensions?

As people are living longer and as the returns on investments are decreasing, Member States are facing difficulties to keep their pension systems working. The young generation is paying for the pensio...
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Brazilian agribusiness and cooperation with the EU
01 May 2012
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Brazilian agribusiness and cooperation with the EU

Brazil’s agriculture still plays an important role in the overall economy. It is the single biggest exporter of agricultural products to the EU. On Tuesday 24 April, the 'Food Security, Sustainabili...
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Wills: Something you have to do before you die
26 April 2012
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Wills: Something you have to do before you die

Claire Trotel from Snow Hill Legal, Christopher Thubron and Steve Wheeler from Moore Stephens and Marc Quaghebeur from De Broeck Van Laere & Partners, joined us for a seminar to demystify the nece...
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The Transparency Directive
24 April 2012
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The Transparency Directive

Over lunch, the background of the Directive (measures, scope), the reasons for its revision and the main modifications (introduction of provisions/procedures) were discussed. The Q&A session fo...
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What is the impact of the new position of the VAT authorities sector and trade associations?
23 April 2012
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What is the impact of the new position of the VAT authorities sector and trade associations?

Before 1 Jan 2012 the circular letter from 1986 stated that statutory contributions (membership fees) were exempt from VAT but other specific services for specific members – not related to lobbying...
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Border Management and the fight against serious & organized crime
04 April 2012
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Border Management and the fight against serious & organized crime

Over dinner, the discussion focused on the importance of growth in the EU, the areas of responsibility of DG HOME and on the opportunity/need for businesses and neighboring countries to enter into dee...
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UK’s position in the EU – the importance for businesses
30 March 2012
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UK’s position in the EU – the importance for businesses

The use of the British ‘veto’ at the Summit of 9 December 2011 was the subject of much debate both in the UK itself and in Brussels and other national capitals. But how significant was it really?...
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Road to London 2012
16 March 2012
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Road to London 2012

The British Chamber team welcomed the chamber members for the annual Spring Cocktail, an opportunity for members to meet in a relaxed setting, to network and to have a bit of fun. Midi Station Bras...
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Competition Policy in a globalised economy
15 March 2012
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Competition Policy in a globalised economy

Today’s globalised economy is characterised by cross-border businesses. International transactions have cross-border consequences and an effective competition policy requires cooperation with compet...
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Child Protection Online
08 March 2012
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Child Protection Online

Child Protection Online is a key commitment of the Digital Agenda for Europe. Commissioner Neelie Kroes has asked the ICT sector to respond to these challenges and gathered a coalition of top tech and...
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Cloud – the Future is Bright ! A guide to Cloud Computing
07 March 2012
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Cloud – the Future is Bright ! A guide to Cloud Computing

A lot of people have heard about Cloud computing, but have no clue how to use it. During this presentation, Richard Carty from Netshield explained to us exactly what it is, and on how companies today...
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British representation in the EU Institutions – Rebuilding our presence in Brussels
06 March 2012
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British representation in the EU Institutions – Rebuilding our presence in Brussels

British representation in the EU Institutions – Rebuilding our presence in Brussels panel debate, gave us opposing views on the reasons behind Britain's poor representation within the EU and how thi...
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Business Lunch with Filip Dierckx, Chairman Febelfin
01 March 2012
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Business Lunch with Filip Dierckx, Chairman Febelfin

Filip Dierckx, President of Febelfin, the Belgian financial sector association and former CEO of BNP Paribas Fortis met a group of senior business representatives over a lunch sponsored by Hill + Know...
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What happens if the Euro falls? An update on the Euro Crisis by Carsten Brzeski, Senior Economist ING
29 February 2012
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What happens if the Euro falls? An update on the Euro Crisis by Carsten Brzeski, Senior Economist ING

What will happen if the Euro falls? Any type of Euro break up would be chaotic causing pandemonium on global markets. Senior Economist at ING, Carsten Brzeski,  gave us his forecast on the current s...
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