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Vadim BlauStein explains how Customs Union can work for the benefit of the Netherlands after Brexit

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Mr. Blaustein, what can you say about the current state of the customs situation in the EU? Vadim Blaustein: At this moment, 28 of the EU member states participate in the Customs Union - an agreement decades old, an instrument towards the liberalisation of trade in Europe, which subsequently became the cornerstone of the EU itself. Throughout its years of existence, it was gradually developing towards harmonisation of legislation, unification of tariffs and customs procedures in the participating states and designing of single trade policie... Lees Meer »

EU citizens overestimate immigrant numbers, survey shows

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The survey, published on Wednesday (29 October) was conducted in nine EU countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom), Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and the United States of America. The result shows the respondents believed that there were far more immigrants in their country than is actually the case. While 10.8 percent of the population in the surveyed countries was born abroad, the respondents reckoned it was 24 percent. Italians think 30 percent of their population are immig... Lees Meer »

OECD: Kleine bedrijven blijven geconfronteerd met financiële beperkingen, ondanks het economisch herstel

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Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2014: An OECD Scoreboard says that SMEs continued to face the dual challenge of an uneven recovery and bank deleveraging through 2012. Subdued growth and demand overall translated into declining profits for SMEs and reduced availability of internal funding in most countries. At the same time, the financial sector continued the deleveraging process started in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. In countries hit by the sovereign debt crisis, deficiencies in capital adequacy squeezed credit availability f... Lees Meer »

Intertrust neemt deel aan Global ABS 2014 in Barcelona

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Intertrust will be hosting a drinks party at its stand on 11 June 2014, together with Hypoport, DSA and Loan by Loan. Colleagues from the following jurisdictions will be on the ground in Barcelona during the event: The Netherlands, Belgium, Cayman Islands, Ireland, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom. Should you wish to meet with us, or receive an invitation, please contact us directly. We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona. ... Lees Meer »

Nieuwe aanpak is nodig om een ​​sterke en duurzame groei van het toerisme te stimuleren, zegt OESO

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Tourism Trends and Policies 2014 says that OECD countries still account for over half of international tourism arrivals (57%) and spending (54%) but are losing market share, notably to Asia-Pacific. Growth in international tourism arrivals to the OECD area grew moderately between 2008-2012 (+1.9%, compared to +2.9% globally), says the report. Domestic tourism accounts for the vast majority of spending in OECD countries, making up nearly 80 cents of every dollar spent. In Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United State... Lees Meer »

Zwitserland ondertekent Multilateraal Verdrag inzake wederzijdse administratieve bijstand in belastingzaken

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OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria welcomed Switzerland’s adherence to the Convention, which he said “sends a clear and strong signal that Switzerland is part of the community of states which consider international tax co-operation as a necessity. This signature is an important step for Switzerland to resolve the issues identified in its Peer Review by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information on June 2011.” Switzerland’s Ambassador to the OECD Stefan Flückiger said: “Switzerland has been committed to complying with inter... Lees Meer »

Crédit Agricole CIB en CITICS kondigen de afronding van de verkoop en aankoop van de resterende 80,1%-belang in CLSA

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With the 19.9% interest acquired previously, CLSA becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of CITICS and will spearhead its global, ex-China, sell side agency businesses. Beijing / Hong Kong / Paris / Amsterdam – 31 July 2013: CITICS and Crédit Agricole CIB have the pleasure to jointly announce today that all the conditions precedent to the acquisition of the remaining 80.1% stake in CLSA have been satisfied or waived. The acquisition was completed on 31 July 2013, making CLSA a wholly owned subsidiary of CITICS. CITICS becomes the first China b... Lees Meer »

EP stemt in met nieuwe autoriteit voor voogdij over kinderen van ex-partners van buiten EU

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This international convention covers many practical matters, such as language requirements, standardised forms and the exchange of information on national laws. We discussed it with Antonio López-Istúriz White, the MEP in charge.The Hague Convention was negotiated by the EU and a number of other countries including the US to make it easier to recover maintenance from someone living in another country. Mr López-Istúriz White, a Spanish member of the EPP group, was in charge of steering the latest amendments through Parliament. The EP vote all... Lees Meer »

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