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3 Mar 2020 11:35 AM | Tim Reynolds

The Belgian Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment has established a website on the #COVID19 virus that is available in English as well as Flemish, French and German.

Contact us if you want the BBCA to post a News Story or an Event that is strongly linked to the British Community in Brussels.  We reserve the right to select items for publication and to edit items as required for style and space.

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  • 18 Aug 2022 4:37 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the BBCA was held on the evening of Tuesday 24 May 2022 in the comfortable surroundings of the Brussels Women’s Club in Rue au Bois, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre.

    The well-attended meeting took care of the procedural business and received an address from the BBCA Honorary President, HE The British Ambassador to Belgium, Martin Shearman CVO.

    Following the formal meeting and a networking reception was held at the club.

    The minutes of the meeting are now available to download from the BBCA website. These draft minutes will be approved at the next BBCA AGM to be held in 2023.

    Don’t forget you can always contact the BBCA via email (bbca.members@gmail.com) or our social media channels (Twitter / Facebook).

  • 1 Jul 2022 12:02 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    Our annual Midsummer celebration at the Royal Brussels Cricket Club near Lasne-Ohain took place on Saturday 25 June and was a great success. Thanks to the RBCC 'micro climate' we were fortunate to miss the worst of the Belgian summer weather and well over EUR 1 000 was raised for our charities.

    The outdoor get-together was centred around a live cricket match between a team from SHAPE and the UK Embassy. Seasonal refreshments including a BBQ, tea and cake, and of course Tim’s Pimms, G&Ts and non-alcoholic cocktails were available all afternoon.  In addition, drinks were available from the club bar.

    In addition a prize was held and traditional children’s games organised. In honour of the Platinum Jubilee this year a royal theme featured throughout the family-friendly event.

    All proceeds from the event will go to BBCA constituent charities: the Community Help Service, the British Charitable Fund, the Brussels Branch of the Royal British Legion and The Wednesday Club.

    Many thanks to professional photographer Damien Maguire of Image Digital for kind permission to use the photos below that perfectly capture the ambiance of the afternoon.

    Copyright Damien Maguire / Image Digital and used with permission

    Copyright Damien Maguire / Image Digital and used with permission

    Copyright Damien Maguire / Image Digital and used with permission

    Copyright Damien Maguire / Image Digital and used with permission

    Copyright Damien Maguire / Image Digital and used with permission

    All images are copyright Damien Maguire / Image Digital and used with permission.

  • 1 Jul 2022 8:47 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    E-scooters have become a popular and convenient urban transport mode for many; but they can be dangerous. Police registered 533 accidents leading to injury in Flanders alone last year. And for many who share city space with e-scooters and their users, they are an increasing nuisance.

    So, from today (1 July 2022) e-scooter users in Belgium face new rules in a bid to stop the rising number of injuries and prevent the vehicles from taking over public spaces. The new regulations essentially regularise the treatment of e-scooters as motorized vehicles.

    E-scooter will now be largely forbidden to anyone younger than 16, with prohibitions on driving on the pavement or carrying a second passenger. And also parking will be relegated to so-called drop zones.

    More at Politico.eu: https://politi.co/3QYLLdB

  • 17 Jun 2022 2:59 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    The Brussels-based law firm Cabinet David is continuing its popular series of free early evening webinars on Tax and Estate Planning. Details of upcoming events are given below. Prior registration is required, which you can find by following the link for each specific event. 

    The 2022 webinars are grouped around themes.

    Trusts, Trust Deeds, … in Belgium ? … Definitely not?

    You may have a SIPP in a trust, a Will with a trust, life insurance in a trust … but Belgium does not have trusts.

    23 June @18:00 : I have a trust – and now?

    Retirement Planning for Expatriates in Belgium

    Retirement is forever. So you had better prepare for it. Let us help:

    30 June @18:00: Retirement Planning for Expatriates in Belgium

    Our series on Estate Planning for Expatriates

    15 September @18.00: Estate Planning for Dummies

    22 September @18.00: Estate Planning with Wills

    20 October @18.00: Estate Planning with Gifts

    You can always find details of these Tax and Estate Planning talks here: www.taxation.be/events.

  • 13 Jun 2022 5:05 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    In the week after being the venue for the BBCA Summer Garden Party, the Royal Brussels Cricket Club (RBCC) in Lasne will co-host an International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup Regional Qualifier with the Gent Oval Club.

    In this week-long festival of quick-fire cricket, that runs from 28 June to 4 July, the clubs will welcome national teams from Gibraltar, Spain, Malta, Denmark, Hungary, Portugal, Israel and, of course, the Belgian 'Red Tigers'. A full fixture list and flyer for the tournament can be found here.  

  • 1 Jun 2022 10:16 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    The next Expat Welcome Desk seminar (in English) takes place on 9 June 2022 from 12 noon. And the subject is ‘Filing your Belgian tax return’.

    How do you complete your tax declaration? What is Form 281.10? How do you declare foreign income? During May, you will have received the well-known brown envelope, which you need to return to the Belgian tax administration. Depending on your situation, filling in the form can become quite complicated.

    This seminar will focus in ‘The taxation of individuals on income from employment’ and is primarily aimed at people working for Belgian employers. The speaker will be Mr Eric Laurent, Tax consultant at Eryv and the session will be moderated by Amélie BOVY, Senior legal advisor with the Expat Welcome Desk.

    Please register by sending an email to inscription@commissioner.brussels before Tuesday 7 June at 3.00 PM. Please be advised that seats are limited!

    The venue is 63 Avenue d’Auderghem, 1040 Etterbeek, at the Office of the Brussels Commissioner for Europe and International Organisations (CEIO) and the programme is outlined below .

    • 11.45: Welcome
    • 12.00: Presentation
    • 13.15: Q&A sessions
    • 13.30: Lunch & Networking

    The Expat Welcome Desk (EWD) organises seminars on specific themes for target audiences. If you would like to be informed about seminars organised by the EWD throughout the year, you can subscribe by sending an e-mail mentioning “Registration for future seminars” to seminars@commissioner.brussels.

  • 31 May 2022 9:14 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    On Saturday 18 June the Royal British Legion Brussels branch is organising a day-long Waterloo Battlefield Tour. This special guided tour takes place on the 207th anniversary of this epic battle.

    During the day you will discover why the battle took place, how it unfolded and its consequences. The tour will be led by RBL member Dennis Abbott, a journalist and accredited Battle of Waterloo guide, who will take you to the heart of the action with a lively description of the key phases of the combat.

    The tour includes an introduction to the historical context, a visit to the Waterloo Panorama, and a climb (226 steps) to the top of the Lion Mound to enjoy the exceptional view of the battlefield.

    The day continues with a chance to explore the superb Memorial Museum followed by a break for lunch either at the Basserie Le Wellington (the cost of meal is not included in the price) or bring you can own picnic!

    After lunch, the tour marches down to Hougoumont, where many uniformed historical re-enactors will be on-site in a tented camp.

    The tour starts at 10:30 and costs €35 per person. If you are interested in joining the tour, please confirm your attendance by emailing your details to Brussels.Publicity@RBL.Community and paying the relevant amount into the RBL Brussels account by Friday 10 June.

    More details of the tour, and how to pay, plus information on past and future RBL Brussels events can be found here.

    20220531 Waterloo tour flyer - Copy.pdf

  • 20 May 2022 4:17 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    From Monday (23 May, 2022), wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory on public transport, nor filling in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) for most journeys, announced the Prime Minister's Office following the latest Coordination meeting.

    No more masks (almost)

    The obligation to wear a mask is abolished everywhere (and therefore in public transport), with the exception of hospitals, in medical practices (including at your GP) and in pharmacies.

    However, wearing a mask is still recommended in very busy places or in care environments such as nursing homes or dentists, physiotherapists, psychologists and speech therapists. Good ventilation of interior spaces is also highly recommended.

    End of the PLF

    The ban on non-essential travel from outside the EU has also been lifted. The obligation to be tested on the 1st and 7th day, the 10-day quarantine and the obligation to be able to present: the PLF, a certificate of vaccination, recovery or a valid test result have also been removed.

    However, this will not apply to travelers from a country experiencing the presence of any new variant of concern. For these travellers, the current rules (above re PLF etc) remain in effect.

  • 18 May 2022 6:08 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    The Second Hand English Book Sale, held at Stonemanor - The British Store, is back! The Book Sale will take place on 11 June from 10:00 to 15:30 and will be accepting donations of books from 10:00 to 13:30. The address for Stonemanor is Steenhofstraat 28, 3078 Kortenberg.

    The sale is a great opportunity to find new homes for your old books and find some great new literary treasures. All proceeds will go to the Serve the City charity.

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