Monthly Archives: October 2013

Beautiful EU website that presents our amazing countries : Ready for Europe

Beautiful EU website that presents our beautiful countries : Ready for Europe Be ready to discover Europe's most wonderful treasures: the world’s finest museums, breathtaking architecture and amazing landscapes. The Video is simply... Beautiful!    

2015-09-08T08:47:15+01:00October 28th, 2013|Good vibrations, In Belgium, In Europe|

Making it happen: the European Semester for Belgium…

Making it happen: the European Semester All Member states have committed to achieving Europe 2020 targets and have translated them into national targets and growth-enhancing policies. But only if the individual efforts of all the countries are coordinated and focused, can they result in the desired impact on growth. Therefore the European Commission has set up a yearly cycle of economic policy coordination called the European Semester. Each year the European Commission undertakes a detailed analysis of EU Member States' programmes of economic and structural reforms and provides them with recommendations for the next 12-18 months. The European semester starts when the Commission adopts its Annual Growth Survey, usually towards the end of the year, which sets out EU priorities for the coming year to boost growth and job creation. Country specific recommendations for Belgium are available (excerpts) : (12) Prices for electricity and many other goods and services are higher in Belgium than in other Member States, reflecting weak competition and structural barriers. Prices in the retail sector remain above the euro-area average, while restrictions on professional services impede the development of innovative business models and restrain investment. Belgium has made only limited progress on improving competition in the network industries and the establishment of strong and independent regulators remains incomplete. Belgium has the second-lowest rate of mobile broadband penetration in the EU, largely due to regulatory and coordination problems with regards to spectrum availability. While higher consumer switching has diminished the dominance in generation of the traditional energy operator, competition at retail level for electricity and gas and at wholesale level for electricity remains a challenge with high distribution costs disproportionally contributing to net price levels for industrial users when compared with neighbouring [...]

2014-01-26T18:49:57+01:00October 28th, 2013|Entrepreneurs, In Belgium, In Europe, Tax|

Both business and tax authorities acknowledge that the current VAT system is burdensome…

EU VAT forum Both business and tax authorities acknowledge that the current VAT system is burdensome to manage and vulnerable to fraud. With a view to improving the governance of VAT at EU level, the Commission has decided to create an EU VAT  forum. In this dialogue platform representatives of large, medium and small businesses and tax authorities can exchange views on practical cross border aspects  of VAT administration, as well as identify and discuss best practices that could contribute to streamlining the management of the VAT system, aiming at reducing compliance costs, while at the same time securing VAT revenue. The Commission invites Member States to participate as widely as possible, for the EU VAT forum to  attain its objectives.

2014-01-26T18:50:39+01:00October 26th, 2013|Entrepreneurs, In Belgium, In Europe, Tax|

Unfair rules or decisions and discriminatory red tape can make it hard for you to live, work or do business in another EU country…

SOLVIT is an on-line problem solving network in which EU Member States work together to solve without legal proceedings problems caused by the misapplication of Internal Market law by public authorities. There is a SOLVIT centre in every European Union Member State (as well as in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). SOLVIT Centres can help with handling complaints from both citizens and businesses. They are part of the national administration and are committed to providing real solutions to problems within ten weeks. Using SOLVIT is free of charge.  

2014-01-26T18:51:52+01:00October 26th, 2013|Non classé|

All World will find and give visibility to ALL the growth entrepreneurs of the emerging world by 2015

AllWorld Network_Sarah Dodeen . AllWorld systematically identifies private growth companies and ranks the fastest growing for the Arabia 500, Africa 500, Asia 500, Eurasia 500, and Latin America 500.  Being on an AllWorld ranking puts companies on the world map, drawing the market to them - what we call Visibility EconomicsTM.  Ranked companies “go public,” attracting new investors, customers, joint venture partners and talent so they continue to grow and get to scale.  

2014-01-26T18:52:18+01:00October 25th, 2013|In Belgium, In Europe, Tax|

From Ideas to Application – The Takamul Program

Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee_Enrico Villa Enrico M Villa Abu Dhabi Technology D... United Arab Emirates Associate Director - Enterprise Development From Ideas to Application – The Takamul Program • Program Overview and Objectives • Results as of today • Practical support available through the program Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC), Director – Enterprise Development and Innovation Enrico Villa is the Director of Enterprise Development and Innovation at the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC). TDC is a multi-stakeholder government body interfacing between government, business and academia to realize Abu Dhabi’s science, technology and innovation vision in building a sustainable and diversified knowledge based economy. Among Enrico’s responsibilities at TDC is the management and developmentof the Takamul program, an innovation support program created to help enterprises, universities and individuals, located in Abu Dhabi or the wider UAE, to realize the full potential of their innovative ideas. The program currently focuses on the intellectual property protection and commercializationof innovations, providing advice and direct support to innovators. Before joining TDC, Enrico was anAssociate Partner at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he spent 11 years advising companies in the energy, cleantech and basic materials sectors across Europe, North America and Asia. Enrico holds a master degree in chemical engineering from the Politecnico of Milan and an MBA from INSEAD, both obtained with distinction.

2014-03-05T11:59:06+01:00October 25th, 2013|Entrepreneurs, In Belgium, In Middle-East|

Perception de droits d’auteur et abus fiscal

Perception de droits d'auteur et  abus fiscal 1. Notion d’abus fiscal En se prévalant de la loi du 16 juillet 2008 instaurant un régime fiscal favorable des droits d'auteurs, les contribuables ne pourraient cependant commettre un « abus fiscal ». L’article 344, § 1er, CIR constitue la nouvelle règle générale anti-abus en la matière et est rédigé comme ceci : « N’est pas opposable à l’administration, l’acte juridique ni l’ensemble d’actes juridiques réalisant une même opération lorsque l’administration démontre par présomptions ou par d’autres moyens de preuve visés à l’article 340 et à la lumière de circonstances objectives, qu’il y a abus fiscal. Il y a abus fiscal lorsque le contribuable réalise, par l’acte juridique ou l’ensemble d’actes juridiques qu’il a posé, l’une des opérations suivantes : 1° une opération par laquelle il se place en violation des objectifs d’une disposition du présent code ou des arrêtés pris en exécution de celui-ci, en dehors du champ d’application de cette disposition ; ou, 2° une opération par laquelle il prétend à un avantage fiscal prévu par une disposition du présent code ou des arrêtés pris en exécution de celui-ci, dont l’octroi serait contraire aux objectifs de cette disposition et dont le but essentiel est l’obtention de cet avantage. Il appartient au contribuable de prouver que le choix de cet acte juridique ou de cet ensemble d’actes juridiques se justifie par d’autres motifs que la volonté d’éviter les impôts sur les revenus. Lorsque le contribuable ne fournit pas la preuve contraire, la base imposable et le calcul de l’impôt sont rétablis en manière telle que l’opération est soumise à un prélèvement conforme à l’objectif de la loi, comme si l’abus n’avait pas eu lieu. » Les actes juridiques posés par les contribuables ne sont pas opposables [...]

2015-02-16T09:01:36+01:00October 23rd, 2013|Breaking news, In Belgium, Law Right, Tax|

Why are you collecting Euros, Dollars or Yens or… ?

Do you remember the class I am following : a brief history of humankind (https://class.coursera.org/humankind-001/class). They ask us this week this question : Why are you collecting Euros, Dollars or Yens or... ? : http://youtu.be/XxgTZRsQRYo

2015-09-08T08:47:15+01:00October 23rd, 2013|Good vibrations|

The Personal Approach : We mostly assist our clients with tax and social security optimizations…

Legal Cultures As well as the day-to-day practicalities there are a number of legalities to keep in mind when expatriating, either as an individual or as an organisation. We asked ABRA’s newest members Christophe Boeraeve of Louise Lawyers and Stefan Nerinckx of Field Fisher Waterhouse what their advice would be to organisations with a Belgian link. RL: Christophe, your team is “devoted to assisting Expats to Belgium” – you have our attention… CB: “We mostly assist our clients with tax and social security optimizations, setting up companies or private practices and, only when necessary, litigations. We advise on most commercial, company and not-for-profit issues with a particular attention to a multi-disciplinary approach, mediation and counselling as opposed to litigations. We like to take a pragmatic and human approach and always prefer finding the most suitable strategy to meet our client’s requirements instead of being merged in long, formal and expensive procedures. We feel that common sense should prevail, things such as just picking up the phone to call the opposing party or lawyer instead of drafting long letters or e-mails and most importantly: prevention of litigations by regular meetings that audit the processes of the client’s firm and suggest alternatives and improvements. We’re a smaller but highly experienced firm that comprises 8 lawyers and several correspondents in Belgium (multidisciplinary approach) and other jurisdictions who are all dedicated to offer a full-range service to our clients with efficiency and client friendliness.” RL: Entrepreneurs and employers in Belgium are under considerable pressure under the current economic climate, what are your views on what the (near) future holds? CB: “One has to remember the simple and obvious facts: Belgium is not an island, does not come anything close to the area of the U.S. and is part of a much larger political and economic region: the European Union. Hence, its residents can easily move around and are legally entitled to [...]

2014-03-05T11:55:31+01:00October 20th, 2013|Breaking news, Entrepreneurs, In Belgium, In Europe, Tax|

Operation beautiful

Operation Beautiful Through my own experiences fighting Fat Talk, I’ve realized the power behind an anonymous act such as Operation Beautiful.  When I post a note, I’m saying, “I CHOOSE to be positive!” I began Operation Beautiful by leaving positive messages on the mirrors of public restrooms — at work, at the gym, at the grocery store.  I scribble down whatever comes to mind — "You are beautiful!" or "You are amazing just the way you are!"  My personal goal is to leave as many Operation Beautiful notes as I can. Maybe some people read them and just smile, but I bet some people are truly touched by the effort of a random stranger.

2016-01-22T20:48:11+01:00October 17th, 2013|Good vibrations|