Consulate General of Belgium

Luncheon “Belgium – EU – U.S.: Business & Politics” | 06/14/2017


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.

Logistics

  • 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
  • Parking
  • Cost: BACoS and WACATL Members: $35 – Email Julie for your discount. | Non members: $50.00
  • Registration: click here.

Springboard to Europe | 6/1/2017


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
  • 1:30 – 2:00 VAT Overview – Wouter Brackx, PKF Belgium

Logistics

  • When – Thursday, June 1st from 8 am – 2 pm
  • Where – Frazier & Deeter, LLC | 1230 Peachtree Street, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Registration – Space is limited!  Register by Thursday, May 25th, 2017.
    Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.

 

lecture by Kurt Guldentops | 5/3/2017


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.

Logistics

  • 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.​

news from your consulate general


Le Consulat Général à Atlanta offrira un nouveau système de prise de rendez-vous en ligne à partir du 1er mai.  Tous les rendez-vous, que ce soit pour un renouvellement de passeports, pour pré-enregistrer des données biométriques ou pour l’obtention d’un visa de tourisme pour les non ressortissants belges (si requis, en fonction de la nationalité), devront désormais être pris via le système en ligne.

Le lien vers le nouveau système de prise de rendez-vous se trouve sur les pages concernant les passeports et les visas de notre site internet ou en suivant ce lien.  N’oubliez pas de consulter le site internet afin de vérifier que vous disposez de tous les documents nécessaires avant de prendre un rendez-vous.


Het Consulaat Generaal te Atlanta neemt, vanaf 1 mei 2017, een nieuw online afsprakensysteem in gebruik.  Alle afspraken voor aanvraag of vernieuwing van uw paspoort, om uw biometrische gegevens te pre-registreren of om een toeristenvisum aan te vragen voor niet-Belgen (indien vereist – afhankelijk van nationaliteit) dienen gemaakt te worden via het online systeem.

De link naar het afsprakensysteem kan u terugvinden op de desbetreffende pagina aangaande paspoorten en visa van onze website of door hier te klikken.  Gelieve nog steeds de website te consulteren om zeker te zijn dat u beschikt over de benodigde documenten voor uw aanvraag vooraleer een afspraak te maken.


The Consulate General at Atlanta adopts an new online appointment system starting May 1st 2017.  All appointments for passport requests and renewals, to preregister your biometric data or to request a tourist visa for non-Belgians (if required – depending on nationality) will need to be made with the online system.

The link to the appointment system can be found on the related page on the topic of passports and visas of our website or by clicking here.  Please consult the website to make sure you have the required documents for your application prior to making an appointment.

F6


Flight DL 80 left gate F6, on Saturday 3/25 at 6.06 pm as scheduled. Loaded with 218 passengers and a crew of 12, the 767-400 aircraft was ready for its 4,912 nautical miles towards Brussels. Surprisingly only a handful of its occupants was aware that this was the first flight resuming the non-stop service between Atlanta and Brussels! Following the horrors of the awful attacks on Zaventem Airport and the Maelbeek metro station on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Delta Airlines had decided to shutter its direct flights between the cities.

Was it the real reason? Probably not … Passengers had already noticed a decrease in the flight schedules and their Atlanta destined planes filled with overbooked JFK-bound travelers. Obviously the decision to terminate this service was not well received, not only by the big companies but also by our local community.  Many stories abound of people missing their connection to Brussels in New York due to the short lay-over. Not to mention that traveling back with chocolate-loaded luggage and exhausted kids through immigration at JFK was not something anybody would relish.

So Saturday was a huge thing.  Gate F6 was heavily decorated with Belgian flags and the passengers were greeted by Papa Smurf [Grand Schtroumpf] and Hefty Smurf [Schtroumpf Costaud], dancing on the rhythm of the saxophone tunes played by Vinnie dressed in Belgian colors. A few short but convivial speeches crowned the event: Consul General Mr. William De Baets welcomed the crowd with his good sense of humor, introducing Larin Hector, General Manager Atlanta Worldport from Delta.  The mic was then handled to Mr. Pieter De Crem, Belgian Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Former Minister of Defence. They all made sure that everyone understood that the Smurfs, Adolph Sax and the distributed chocolate were Belgian made.
Mr. De Crem was the first on board followed by enthusiastic travelers who each received a goodie bag with a box of Neuhaus Classics and a miniature Smurf.

Delta flight schedules are updated every 3 months, based on many factors like projected bookings and types of available aircrafts. The daily non stop flight ATL-BRU takes off at 6.06 pm to reach Zaventem at 8.45 am … until further notice since Delta News indicates “the renewed Atlanta service will operate year-round with a daily service over the summer season.

And a finale note: the movie “Smurfs, The Lost Village” is now in the theaters!

Belgian honored by Pieter De Crem


Yesterday evening during the re-launch reception of Delta’s non-stop services to Brussels, our compatriot Anton Mertens, an Immigration Partner at Burr & Forman LLP and President of the Belgian American Chamber of the South, has received from the hands of Mr. Pieter De Crem, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade of Belgium, former Minister of Defense of Belgium, the prestigious Knight’s Cross of officer in the Order of Leopold signed King Philippe, King of the Belgians.  A well deserved medal for 20 years of services to our country.

The Order of Leopold (Leopoldsorde, Ordre de Léopold) is one of the three current Belgian national honorary orders of knighthood and is awarded by royal decree.

Congratulations Anton!  We are so proud of you!

 

 

WWI commemoration | 4/2/2017


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.

Logistics

  • When: Sunday April 2nd, 2017, from 3 – 6pm
  • Where: Atlanta History Center | 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
  • RSVP to Carter Jackson by March 27th.

Luncheon with Pieter De Crem | 3/23/2017


Join this luncheon, sponsored by the Consulate General of Belgium, with The Honorable Pieter De Crem, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade of Belgium, former Minister of Defense of Belgium on Thursday March 23rd at the Atlanta Metro Chamber.  Mr. De Crem is visiting our city to celebrate the resuming of the direct flight between Atlanta and Brussels [first flight on Saturday March 25th].

Mr. De Crem will discuss  ‘In the heart of Europe: Belgium, the EU and the transatlantic relationship in challenging times‘ with particular attention to:

  • Trans-Atlantic and bilateral economic relations
  • Business opportunities in Belgium
  • Current situation in Europe and future outlook

Logistics

  • When : Thursday March 23rd, 2017 from 11.45 am to 1.30 pm
  • Where: Metro Atlanta Chamber | 191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3400, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Admission: free
  • RSVP: by March 21st to Sarah Saxner
  • Public Transport: 191 Peachtree Tower is located at the Peachtree Center MARTA station
  • Parking:
    • Metro Atlanta Chamber: 191 Peachtree Tower Parking Garage
    • International Garage: 192 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Central Parking System: 218 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Self Park: 221 Peachtree Center Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Peachtree Center Garage: 161 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Another Belgian movie | 3/21/2017


The Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta takes part in the Atlanta Francophonie Festival with a screening of “Tous les chats sont gris” for Belgian Movie Night on Tuesday March 21st, 2017. The screening will be followed by a Belgian-themed reception.

Logistics

  • When: Tuesday March 21st, 2017 @ 7 pm
  • Where: Alliance Française | 1197 Peachtree Street NE, #561, Colony Square, Mezzanine Level, Atlanta, GA 30361
  • Parking: free parking upon validation underneath the building
  • Free entrance upon registration.

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seminar: tax aspects in Belgium | 4/25/2016


The Federal Public Service Finance and Fiscal Department for Foreign Investments in Belgium will visit several cities in the U.S. in April for talks about recent tax policy developments  in Belgium and Europe. Tax seminars will be held in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta and Boston. We are lucky to have Atlanta on the schedule. It will also be an opportunity to meet our new Consul General of Belgium in Atlanta, William De Baets. The event is free and a light lunch will be served.

The various tax aspects about will be discussed during the seminar ‘doing Business in Belgium and/or investing in Belgium’.

Program:

  • 10:00 am – Welcome |  Anton MERTENS, Partner, Burr Forman LLP
  • 10:10 am – Why Belgium?  | William DE BAETS, Consul General of Belgium, Atlanta
  • 10:20 am – The Belgian Tax Landscape: Highlights |  Kristof VANDEPOORTE, International Tax Services, PWC, New York
  • 10:50 am – The Belgian Tax Landscape: R&D and Logistics  | Marc DE MIL, Fiscal Department for Foreign Investors, Federal Public Service Finance, Belgium
  • 11:20 am – Coca-Cola’s Presence in Belgium  | Wouter VERMEULEN , Group Director, International Government Relations and Public Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company, Brussels
  • 11:45 am – 12:30 pm – Q&A (light lunch will be served)

Logistics

  • Time:  April 25, 10 am – 12.30 pm
  • Where: Burr Forman LLP | Suite 1100, 171 17th Street NW, Atlanta
  • Registration and RSVP [free]
  • Parking: ample parking under the building – ticket will be validated.
  • Organizators: Consulate General of Belgium, BACoS and Burr Forman LLP