As the political and economic environment in Europe shifts post-Brexit, and in light of major elections that are taking place, Belgium is seizing the moment to gain additional regional influence. Brussels houses most of the EU institutions and, despite of its size, the nation is considered an important global trader. Join the World Affairs Council of Atlanta as it hosts the Belgian Ambassador to the U.S., Dirk Wouters, for a conversation about where Belgium stands as the European Union goes through reorganization, and what it means for U.S. businesses with presence in this country. On May 25, President Trump attended a summit of NATO nations, and Ambassador Wouters will comment on the outcome of this official meeting.
The luncheon is supported by the Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta, The Belgian American Chamber of the South, and the Atlanta Council on International Relations.
When: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm
Where: Commerce Club | 191 Peachtree St NE – 49th floor, Atlanta, GA 30303
Dutch after-school language classes will be offered from August 21st, 2017 at the Atlanta International School [AIS] as part of their new Heritage Language program. Below follow some interesting points and the contact details of Hermine Morrell who is coordinating this exciting program. Make sure to enroll quickly if interested!
The program is also open to non AIS families.
Classes meet twice a week, meaning 3 hours a week. The basis for the tuition fees is $25 per class. By charging $25 the groups can be self-funding with only three students which allows greater individualized support for your child and makes it possible for us to offer a greater range of languages and age groups.
The tutor will be an experienced native speaker, in partnership with De Molenwiek which will enable us to have access to their teachers.
The curriculum will be designed by AIS, inquiry based (with STEAM components) and inspired by the IB curriculum. AIS’s framework will not match the requirements of the R1 classes offered by De Molenwiek.
5K – Grade 2
3 – 4.30pm
8/21 to 12/13
Grades 3 to 5
Tues & Thurs
3 – 4.30pm
8/22 to 12/14
Contact Details: Hermine Morrell, Heritage Language Coordinator / French Language Acquisition Teacher | ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, 2890 North Fulton Drive, Atlanta, GA 30305 – Direct phone (404) 841-2060 | email
The Belgian American Chamber of the South, in partnership with the German American Chamber of Commerce, the British American Business Council and the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce – Southeastern US is pleased to invite you to a business seminar on Immigration on Wednesday, May 17 with AGG.
With a new American administration, the rules and guidelines for visas are changing. For businesses in the US that rely on their foreign employees, it is important to keep up to date with these changes and to predict their impact. The seminar will discuss hot topics in immigration under president Trump’s administration including the following:
Compliance – New Form I-9 Requirements / Trump Administration Enforcement Actions
Admissibility under ESTA and B-1 status/ CBP update
E, L and H visa status Processing
Surprise H & L Site Audits / the new USCIS Directive
Best Practices for Global Mobility Managers
Dual Citizenship for German nationals
And the guest speakers are:
Teri A. Simmons
Montserrat C. Miller
Wilhelm J. Ziegler
George E. Lee
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 4 to 6 pm
Where: Arnall Golden Gregory | 171 17th Street NW, Suite 2100, Atlanta, GA 30363
Event fee: Members BACoS, GACC, BABC, NACCSE : free, but registration is required! | Non members: $35
On June 1st, a complimentary seminar regarding doing business in Europe will be organized by Frazier & Deeter and Arnall Golden Gregory. What are some of the key business considerations to understand before taking the leap across the pond? This panel of experts will accelerate your learning curve.
The event starts at 8 am with Mike Whitacre, Frazier & Deeter and Tycho Stahl, Arnall Golden Gregory as moderators.
The program is as follow:
8:00 – 8:05 Welcome and introduction – Mike Whitacre, Frazier & Deeter and Tycho Stahl, Arnall Golden Gregory
8:05 – 8:10 Belgian Consul General Comments – William De Baets, Consulate General of Belgium
8:10 – 8:15 UK Consul General Comments – Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, British Consulate-General
8:15 – 8:45 UK Discussion – Dom Fiore, PKF London
8:45 – 9:15 Belgium Discussion – Kurt DeHaen, PKF Belgium
9:15 – 9:45 German Discussion – Wolfgang Van Kerkom, PKF Germany
9:45 – 10:15 Break and networking
10:15 – 10:45 Ireland Discussion – Patt Flynn, Flynn O’Driscoll and Micheal Smith, IDA Ireland
10:45 – 11:30 European Legal Discussion – Kai Westerwelle, Taylor Wessing
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch and networking – Ania Lackey, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
1:00 – 1:30 Eastern Europe Discussion – Dieter Natlacen, Taylor Wessing
On Saturday May 27th, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is performing an all-French program at the Atlanta Symphony Hall. The concert will feature pieces by Debussy, Jolivet and Fauré with Christina Smith performing Jolivet’s Flute Concerto and will be followed by a post-concert reception with the artists.
The event is sponsored by Francophonie Atlanta, so in order to get the best price, please enter the promo code “FRANCO” when booking tickets.
When: Saturday May 27th, 2017 @ 8 pm
Where: Atlanta Symphony Hall @ The Woodruff Arts Center | 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Fancy a trip to Greenville, SC? Why not tackle along the Kortrijk Sister City Delegation in Greenville, SC from May 9th – 13th?
The main purpose of the ‘K2G’ delegation visit is for both cities to learn more about -and be inspired by- each other’s people, ambitions, approach and accomplishments. In addition, it’s all about:
exploring shared interests and mutual opportunities related to government, urban development, education, arts, and business.
establishing many new and valuable relationships between community, educational, and business leaders in Kortrijk/West Flanders and Greenville/The Upstate, that are excited about helping to maintain and develop this sister city relationship, while providing new opportunities for them-selves and the organizations or companies they represent.
developing the Kortrijk-Greenville bridge as a unique gateway between our both countries.
For the epicureans, enjoy a “Belgian Beer Dinner” on Wednesday May 10th at 7 pm at The Trappe Door, downtown Greenville. This “fusion” menu is a mix of Belgian with Southern specialities. The cost per person is $70 all-in (without alcohol: $50 per head), including meeting those Belgian Delegation participants:
Mr. Vincent Van Quickenborne, Kortrijk Mayor and Member of the Belgian House of Representatives
Ms. Kelly Detavernier, Kortrijk City Council Member
Ms. Dominique Viaene, Sister Cities Coordinator for Kortrijk
Mr. Stijn Debaillie, Coordinator at DesignRegio Kortrijk
Mr. Matthieu Marisse, Regional Director for VOKA South-West Flanders
Mr. Piet Grymonprez, Co-Founder & Managing Director of MyMachine Global Foundation
Ms. Isabelle Pertry, Head of the Internationalization Department at Howest
Mr. Roel Vandommele, Director of Education at Howest
Ms. Isabel Vanslembrouck, Director of Research and Development at VIVES
Ms. Patricia Waerniers, Director of Education at VIVES
Dr. Petra Huyst, Staff Member Research at KULAK
Prof. Dr. Ir. Wim Thielemans, Provincial Chair of Advanced Materials at the Renewable Materials and Nanotechnology Research Group at KULAK
Mr. William de Baets, Consul General for Belgium in Atlanta
Mr. Wim Van Cauteren, Trade Commissioner at Flanders Investment & Trade
Mr. Anton Mertens, President of the Belgian American Chamber of the South
Mr. Jean-Louis Vanderstraeten, President of the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas (and a Belgian!)
Of course, a number of “Greenville VIPs” will also be in attendance, and it will be a very relaxed and enjoyable event; no formalities or black tie…. Only 32 spots remaining for the dinner, out of a total of 80 – First come – first served [invitation has not yet been extended to the general public].
The Consulate General of Belgium and the Belgian American Chamber of the South are pleased to invite to a lecture: “Belgium and the United States in an increasingly competitive world: turning points in economic history since 1945” by Kurt Guldentops.
Kurt Guldentops – originally from Antwerp (Belgium) – Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of California – Los Angeles, will enlighten you about how Belgium and the US have fared over the last 70 years in a world economy characterized by the entry of a series of new (or renewed) centers of production. What was the response of established producers to catch-up competitors? Taking a long term view, you will see that catch-up is not only important to the great post war boom, but that the competition between established and emerging producers is crucial as well to understand the shape of the more turbulent decades since the 1970s.
When – Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm – This lecture will be followed by a reception.
Where – Belgian Residence
RSVP – This event is FREE, but registration is required. Click HERE to register
Please RSVP no later than Monday, May 1.
You beATL Queen might be on another ‘planet’ but life goes on as well as beATL’s life … The May gathering will take place from 7 pm atThe Pub Perimeter. Last we were there was in January 2015 so it’s time to give it another … shot. They have a good selection of beers including the minimum beATL requirement of 8 Belgian ones. And tease your palate with some brilliant food … Well it’s not Belgian…. Please take the time to RSVP …
The Pub is a small chain based in Cincinnati (this is their twelfth store, and first Georgia location) that has the design of a traditional English pub, with appropriate posters and prints on the walls to give you the full British immersion experience. Henry VIII and the London Underground, The Beatles, The Who, Muse, Radiohead… And the servers are in kilts (with underwear). While there, have a quick peak in the upstairs lounge to check on their famous Pour Your Own Beer Wall!
When: Thursday May 4th, 2017 from 7 pm.
Where: The Pub Perimeter | 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346. Directions. Enter the Perimeter Mall via its main entrance on Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE (almost opposite the corner of Exxon Gas Station and Perimeter Center East). The Pub is squeezed between the Mall entrance and Goldfish.
Hop Hop Hop … grab your little basket and join beATLes Cindy, Kelly and Jerina for a traditional egg hunt on Sunday April 9th, 2017 from 3 – 5 pm. Easter Bunny will be in attendance and yummy waffles and fruit will be served at 3.30 pm just before the egg hunt! Don’t wait to RSVP…. spaces are limited to 60 entries!
Join the Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta for a lecture by Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr. commemorating the entry of the United States in World War I. The lecture will be followed by a light European style reception.
When: Sunday April 2nd, 2017, from 3 – 6pm
Where: Atlanta History Center | 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305