The Belgian authorities have recently taken a series of measures to speed up the work permit application process. Last year the authorities introduced a single permit (permis unique in French, gecombineerde vergunning in Dutch) which combines the work and residence permits (managed by two different authorities). This was done to speed things up in the long run but in fact the effect was to dramatically increase the processing time. To address the delays the government has introduced two new measures: First the ‘office des etrangers’ (OE) will received more staff – they suffer from a permanent shortage of staff which is one of the reasons for the lengthy waiting time. Two, non-EU nationals who are awaiting a work permit renewal can continue to work as usual as long as the regional migration office has approved the renewal – while waiting for the OE’s approval the commune will give the employee a temporary right to reside in Belgium. Third country nationals who change employer can also work under the same arrangements as long as the regional migration service has approved the new employer application. The national social security office) is in the process of developing [...]
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Over the last weekend, the Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens, adopted a special decree to enable companies and associations registered in Belgium to meet their legal obligations with respect to their governance meetings which are generally legally required before 30 June each year. There are three options on the table: 1. Hold the General Assembly on the date provided for by the statutes "in compliance with the quarantine measures". In other words, your GA can take place electronically as long as members can exercise their right to vote and ask questions. 2. Postpone the meeting for up to 10 weeks after June 30 (deadline for holding GAs in general). 3. Allow your General Assembly to decide on the agenda points unanimously by written procedure. For more details see here: https://www.koengeens.be/fr/news/2020/03/29/premier-volet-d-arretes-royaux-de-pouvoirs-speciaux-relatifs-a-la-justice
The Belgian Federal Ministry of Finance has just announced a series of measures for all self-employed people ('independent') to help us through the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for quarterly VAT submissions has been postponed until 7 May 2020 (instead of 20 April) The payment of your VAT is automatically delayed by two months, without risking a fine, until the 20 June 2020 The payment of your withholding tax is also automatically delayed, until the 15 June 2020 The deadline for income and corporate taxes will be postponed by 2 months too The submission of your client listing has been postponed until the 30 April 2020 The deadline for the intra-EU listing has been postponed until 7 May 2020 These delaying measures can also be combined with other extended payment terms that you may already be benefiting from or have applied for. More details in French: https://finances.belgium.be/fr/Actualites/18-03-2020-coronavirus-mesures-soutien-supplementaires More details in Dutch: https://financien.belgium.be/nl/Actueel/18-03-2020-coronavirus-bijkomende-steunmaatregelen Source: Accountable.be
Bringing the whole team with you INTRODUCTION With hundreds of international NGOs and Association Secretariats, Brussels is the most INGO crowded city in Europe. Collaborative groups across NGOs regularly share knowledge, skills and competencies to increase their impact and be more effective while reaching their organisational goals. But how often to NGO leaders come together for training and peer learning? Although fora exist where challenges can be aired and advice sought there are no formal learning spaces. This session is designed to address this gap. We have created this first-ever formal opportunity for you to learn, collaborate and support each other in improving your organisational systems and people management skills. In this first session we will identify common people management challenges for NGO leaders and explore, through Problem Based Learning, how to manage them. THE METHOD: Problem Based Learning (PBS) is based in the idea that there is no one single solution to a real-life problem, enhancing the importance of creativity, exploration, and engagement with the issues. It is distinct in the way it allows an approach to problem solving through defining the problem, critical thinking, brainstorming, collaboration and group communication around real life problems. REGISTRATION: This session is [...]