Webinar on “VAT and international transactions”

On July 2nd, the Spanish Official Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, organized a webinar on “VAT and international transactions” in collaboration with its member company Spanish Vat Services.

The speaker, Fernando Matesanz, Managing Director of Spanish VAT Services, explained the new regulations of the European Directive on the tax aspects of intracommunity operations, emphasizing the implications that these have in relation to VAT, citing among others; call off stocks, chain transactions or the importance of VAT identification. He then explained the recent legislation proposed by the European Commission and their main developments, in order to facilitate and harmonize the rules applicable to the taxation of VAT in e-commerce, as well as its current status and future measures applicable to digital platforms from next year 2021.

At the end, a Q&A round was held in which the participants were able to raise their doubts about the information presented.

From the Spanish Official Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, we would like to thank Fernando Matesanz for his presentation and dedication, as well as the participants for their presence.

 

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09/14 Webinar on “The tax obligations in Spain for individuals living abroad”

On September 14th, the Spanish Official Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg organizes a webinar on “The tax obligations in Spain for individuals living abroad”, in collaboration with its member company B LAW&TAX.

The purpose of the webinar is to clarify the doubts about the criteria of tax residence in Spain, as well as tax obligations of those individuals who move their residence from Spain to other countries, with special focus on  the tax benefits provided in the Spanish internal legislation for employees working outside Spain and the news in the taxation of individuals.

You can consult the complete program here.

The webinar will be given by Inmaculada Pineda and Almudena Soler, partner and Tax Advisor respectively at B LAW&TAX.

The webinar will be held in Spanish and it is free. You can confirm your participation by completing and sending this reply form.

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07/16: Breakfast-Debate with Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director-General of DG CLIMA and Nicolás González Casares, MEP of the ITRE Committee

On Thursday, July 16th at 9:15am, The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg organizes a new session of its Breakfast-Debate, a meeting platform between Spanish companies and the European Institutions. This will feature the participation of Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director-General of DG CLIMA and Nicolás Gonzáez Casares, MEP of the ITRE Committee and shadow rapporteur of the European Climate Law. In this breakfast “Green Deal: Towards a carbon neutral economy for Europe” will be discussed.

During this breakfast, the roadmap and programs established by the European Commission will be discussed, as well as the role of research and innovation, the relationship with stakeholders and the legislative proposal by the European Parliament.

The aim of these breakfasts is to facilitate the dialogue between Spanish companies with representatives of the European Institutions. In these events, participants will have the opportunity to transmit their proposals and concerns to the speaker.

You can sign up for this breakfast through this reply form.

The breakfast will be held in Spanish.

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08/07 Webinar on “Impact of Covid-19 on the Spain’s Real Estate Industry and on the value of assets”

On July 8th, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg organizes a webinar on “Impact of Covid-19 on the Spain’s Real Estate Industry and on the value of assets”, in collaboration with Gesvalt.

The speaker, Sandra Daza, General Manager of Gesvalt, will make a presentation about the effects of Covid-19 in these fields and the evolution we can expect. In her presentation she will go into detail about which values have been affected to a greater or lesser extent and the business opportunities that have been created as a result.

Sandra Daza has an interesting career in the Real Estate sector: she is a member of the Board of Áurea Homes as an Independent Director, she is a member of the Advisory Committee of Vitruvio SOCIMI and of IE Real Estate Club and she was a member of the Board of Directors of WiRES (Women in Real Estate) until 2018. For this reason, she is a regular speaker at the Spanish Conference held at MIPIM, an international real estate investment fair that takes place annually in Cannes. Likewise, she also participates in the international real estate fair ExpoReal, in Munich. She has also participated as speaker and moderator in conferences for investors and International Banks in Madrid, Frankfurt, Lisbon, and London.

During the webinar, topics such as: how the real estate industry has dealt with the effects of Covid-19, which segments of the industry will be most affected, what the impact on asset values will be, the possible drop in real estate market prices with the return to normal, the possible business opportunities arising from this situation and what can be expected in the future of this industry will be discussed in depth.

The webinar is free and exclusive for members of the Chamber. If you want to attend the webinar, please send an email to luxemburgo@e-camara.com

 

 

09/09 Virtual round table on «Successful collaboration between Spain and Belgium in the biotech sector»

On Wednesday, September 9th, from 11:00 to 12:30, the Cultural and Scientific Council of the Embassy of Spain in the Kingdom of Belgium, and the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, with the collaboration of the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and the Spanish Office of Science and Technology (SOST) organize, in a special edition of the ‘Mediodías de la Embajada’, the second event within the framework of the Spain means Innovation program. This webinar is entitled “Spanish Science Diplomacy – Successful collaboration between Spain and Belgium in the biotech sector”.

As part of the scientific diplomacy and dissemination program of science, technology and innovation of Spain in Belgium, this webinar will examine the opportunities for innovation and business between Spain and Belgium in the field of biotechnology, based on the experience of the Spanish company Minoryx Therapeutics, an example of good collaboration practices in the biotechnology sector between both countries.

Minoryx Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of new therapies for severe genetic diseases of the central nervous system, which recently opened a subsidiary in Charleroi, Belgium.

See the full program here.

You can registrer through this link at the event.

The talk will be held in English and the registration period will be open until September 7th.

 

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Comercial opportunities in Belgium and Luxembourg after COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a very different impact in Belgium and Luxembourg marked by a light lockdown and strong determination by public administration to support its business and protect employment. This health crisis has been without any doubt a mayor disruptive factor that highlighted some existing tendencies already putting in place in both markets. That is why, despite the limited uncertainty, some opportunity window seem to be opening in the next months in Belgium and Luxembourg in the upcoming months making them two very interesting destinations for internationalization strategies for Spanish companies.

 

In this context, during the next weeks, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg will have the opportunity to present the possibilities and characteristics of Belgian and Luxembourgish markets through a collaboration with the different territorial Chambers. During these webinars we will try to make closer Belgium and Luxembourg reality by a brief analysis of the post-COVID situation in addition to the measure taken by both governments. The characteristics of both markets will be seen in addition to the opportunity sectors for Spanish companies. Last but not least, some general lines will be drawn regarding comercial strategies and contact networks development in Belgium and Luxembourg.

 

Here are the dates:

  • In collaboration with Cámara de Comercio de Pontevedra, Vigo y Villagarcía de Arousa, Friday June 26th at 10:00
  • In collaboration with Madrid Network, Tuesday June 30th at 12:00
  • In collaboration with Cámara de Comercio de Zaragoza, Thursday July 9th at 9:00
  • In collaboration with Cámara de Comercio de Mallorca, Friday July 10th at 10:30

 

The webinar will be presented by Marta González Benguria, Secretary General and Javier Rincón Cruz, International Trade Advisor of the Chamber.

Webinar on “Covid-19: consequences on employment relationships in Belgium”

On June 23rd, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, organized with SD Worx a webinar on “Covid-19: consequences on employment relationships”.

The conference was held by, Valérie t’Serstevents, legal consultant in national and international law at SD Worx, that spoke about key issues at the moment such as different telework schemes, changes in the situation of international workers who have moved to work in one territory, unemployment linked to covid-19, the parental leave by covid-19 recently introduced in Belgium, rules regarding dismissal or the possibility for workers to demand postponement of their holidays when they have coincided with the period of confinement.

After the presentation, the participants had the opportunity to ask their doubts about the topics discussed. The questions addressed to the speaker concerned the status of payments considered as ‘travel expenses’ when travels no longer take place or the differences between structural and occasional teleworking.

 

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Virtual round table on “The tourism sector in post-Covid-19 Europe: Challenges and opportunities”

On Wednesday, June 17th, from 11:00 to 12:30, the Embassy of Spain in the Kingdom of Belgium and the Spanish Tourist Office in Belgium, in collaboration with the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, organized a virtual round table on “The tourism sector in post-Covid-19 Europe: Challenges and opportunities”, a special edition that is part of the Mediodías de la Embajada events.

The debate was chaired by Rafael Chamorro, Director of Spanish Tourism Office in Belgium, and featured H. E. Ms. Beatriz Larrotcha Palma, Ambassador of Spain to the Kingdom of Belgium. For the roundtable the speakers were Eduardo Santander, CEO & Executive Director of European Travel Commission, Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director of Airlines for Europe, Sara Pastor, Managing Director, Destinations EMEA of Adara and Cristina Nuñez, Managing Director of Network of European Regions for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism – NECSTouR.

The welcome words were given by H. E. Ms. Beatriz Larrotcha Palma, Ambassador of Spain to the Kingdom of Belgium, stating the importance of tourism for Spain and Europe and the great effort put in place by Spanish authorities to restore trust in Spain as a safe destination. The Ambassador also thanked all the organizers for the webinar as well as to all the attendants for their interest.

Following the welcome words, Rafael Chamorro, Director of Spanish Tourism Office in Belgium, Presented all the speakers and opened the roundtable by giving some key numbers about the critical importance of tourism sector not only for Spain but also for Europe as around 10% of EU’s GDP depends directly from this sector. Despite some disparities between EU countries, the economic importance of tourism in terms of employment and growth make compulsory for Europeans to be able to travel again with open borders.

During the debate, Eduardo Santander, CEO & Executive Director of European Travel Commission, insisted in the fact that this crisis might be the perfect opportunity to rethink tourism once the health crisis is over. As some symptoms of the lack of sustainability arise earlier than the COVID-19 crisis, it is the perfect time to think in a future of tourism with a green mark that gives opportunities to regions that traditionally were not receiving much tourism (España vaciada) rather than coming back to unsustainable massified destinations.

Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director of Airlines for Europe, gave his impressions on how severely this crisis has affected the airlines and how they are taking measures to recover from it. Airlines will also be key for the development of the green deal strategy in the near future in addition to some harmonization policies needed in the sector at the EU level. The speaker also highlighted the importance of individual responsibility in flights as long as the health crisis lasts even if the safety is completely ensured thanks to air technologies on planes.

Sara Pastor, Managing Director, Destinations EMEA of Adara, shared with the audience a general picture on how the crisis has been faced by the sector and how the data shows we are starting to rise the curve of reservations as Europeans have not lost their will to travel. This current scenario means that the right strategy to attract the tourists can make the difference for all actors in the sector (regions, hotels, airlines, etc.). A common strategy Europe-wide is needed to prevent comparative advantages (and disadvantages).

Cristina Nuñez, Managing Director of Network of European Regions for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism – NECSTouR, highlighted the importance of regions in this sector recovery as it is crucial for them to keep attracting public attention by focusing on their strong points. She also agreed that this crisis can be a huge boost for rural areas or regions that traditionally were not among top destinations, therefore it is important to generate trust in the tourist that are looking for this non-massified destinations.

During the Q&A session, participants were able to raise questions of their interest. Some topics covered during this session were the need to restore trust in tourism or the opportunities given to rural areas.

 

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Webinar on “The appropriate word as a strategic instrument for international growth”

On June 4th, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg hosted a webinar on “The appropriate word as a strategic instrument for international growth”, in collaboration with its member company Lextrad.

The aim of this webinar was to discover the keystones for productive communication with our international clients, guaranteeing quality multilingual content, adapted to the cultural-specific needs of the target country, generating interest and attracting potential customers.

Marina Lanckmans, CEO & Founder of Lextrad Group started by highlighting the multilingual need that can be generated in companies to achieve their objectives due to the great cultural and language diversity that exists seeing that 74.6% of internet users prefer to do their searches in their own language and not in English.

Next, the speaker informed about what are the great advantages of following a multilingual strategy since choosing the right language to enter in a specific market can increase our sales.

Finally, Lanckmans reported on the importance of the localization in the translation process, since its main objective is to adapt the website to the market and convince the users that the content is directed to them. Marina explained this phase with some examples, emphasizing the SEO positioning and keyword lists when following this strategy.

At the end, a Q&A round was held in which the participants were able to raise their doubts about the information presented.

From the Chamber we want to thank Marina Lanckmans and Lextrad Group for their presentation and dedication, as well as all participants for their presence.

 

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09/24 Conference on “Emotional intelligence at work”

The next 24h of September, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, will organize in Brussels, from 13:30 to 15:30, a conference on “Emotional Intelligence at Work“.  The conference will be given by the transpersonal and business coach Marta Cela, member of the EmprendeBeLux program.

This event will be held in Spanish and places will be limited.

It has been proved that, by increasing emotional intelligence in the workplace, the level of productivity, efficiency and satisfaction of employees increases. Therefore, the benefits for companies are clear. Likewise, stress at work is directly related to the lack of emotional well-being,  the emotional intelligence can help us overcome these issues.

You can register through the following form.