Energy Efficiency of Buildings – Regulatory Management

Energy Efficiency of Buildings – Regulatory Management Tuesday, 27th October 2015, 3:15PM to 6PM KPMG, 23rd Floor

Breakfast Seminar “Has India’s moment finally come?”

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to invite you to join the following breakfast seminar “Has India’s moment finally come?” with the guest speaker Alan Rosling, CBE, Chairman at Griffin Growth Partners Limited.

Connecting European and Asian Financial Markets: Luncheon with Lord Jonathan Hill, EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets

The Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) and the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong are delighted to invite you to a luncheon on the occasion of the visit of Lord Jonathan Hill, EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services

2015 Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia)

The upcoming Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia) will be held on 3-4 December 2015. For the latest information and to register, please visit the

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BREAKFAST SEMINAR “HAS INDIA’S MOMENT FINALLY COME?”
Thu 29-Oct-2015 8:00 AM To 10:00 AM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to invite you to join the following breakfast seminar  “Has India’s moment finally come?” with the guest speaker Alan Rosling, CBE, Chairman at Griffin Growth Partners Limited.

India has emerged as one of the most attractive destinations for direct investments and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Projections made by internationally renowned consultants and IMF is that India is likely to become one of the largest economies of the world by the year 2025. The seminar will be a presentation by Alan Rosling, who will explore the forces driving India as a potential Superpower in Asia.

Thursday, 29th October 2015, 8:00am to 10:00am

Victoria Suite, The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central, Hong Kong (hosted by Andrew Seaton)

Fee: HKD 380 for members of a European National Chamber; HKD 450 for non-members

Registration Deadline: 27 October, 2015. 6:00pm

(Limited seats, first-come; first-served basis)

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF BUILDINGS – REGULATORY MANAGEMENT
Tue 27-Oct-2015 3:15 PM To 6:00 PM

Energy Efficiency of Buildings – Regulatory Management

Tuesday, 27th October 2015, 3:15PM to 6PM

KPMG, 23rd Floor, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Admission: FREE (Funded by the European Union)

Registration Closed

(Limited seats, First come-first served; Pre-registration applies)

Please email events@eurocham.com.hk your details (name, job title, company name, email, direct number/ mobile, membership of chamber of commerce, contact person email, and direct number/ mobile) to register on the waitlist.

[Please state N/A if you are not a member of any European national chamber]

If you are on the waitlist, we will only get in touch with you if seats are released. If you have not received notification from our side by Tuesday, 20th October 2015, you may consider your registration to be unsuccessful and we look forward to seeing you in our future events

Registration Deadline: 20th October 2015 2015, 6:00pm

You are cordially invited to participate in the “Energy Efficiency of Buildings – Regulatory Management” seminar, which will take place in Hong Kong on 27 October 2015, organized by the Environment and Energy Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

Given the Hong Kong Governments emphasis and recently published Energy Saving blueprint, the aim of the event is to gain support and increase awareness to improve the energy efficiency of Buildings in Hong Kong. Join us to hear from leading practitioners, who will be sharing best practices of leading companies in Hong Kong, with panel discussion and open Q&A session.

We look forward to welcoming you at the seminar. You are requested to kindly confirm your participation by Tuesday, 20th October 2015, 6:00pm by completing the online registration form (click here) or download the form. Free entrance, mandatory registration, seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unable to register online, please download complete the registration form and email to events@eurocham.com.hk.

Expert Panel features:

  • Ms. Christine Loh Kung-wai, OBE, JP, Under Secretary for the Environment (Key Note Speaker)
  • Mr. Graham Tier, Head of Property Facilities Management at The Hong Kong Jockey Club
  • Ms. Janice Lao, Sustainability Manager, MTR Corporation Ltd.
  • Mr. Paul Sat, Building Services Manager, Swire Properties
  • Ir Conrad WONG Tin-Cheung, BBS, JP, Chairman, Hong Kong Green Building Council/ Vice Chairman of Yau Lee Holdings Limited
  • Mr. Chow Tang Fai, Chief Operating Officer of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited
  • Mr. Tom Jones, Director of BSRIA UK

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EUROPEAN PAVILION AT THE 2015 MACAO INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT FAIR (MIF)
From Thu 22-Oct-2015 12:00 PM To Sun 25-Oct-2015 12:00 PM

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MIF is one of the largest annual international economic and trade events in Macao, attracting over 100,000 trade visitors from over 50 countries and regions last year. During MIF 2014, the four-day event, more than 40 forums, seminars and promotion conferences were held, while over 1,500 business-matching sessions were concluded and more than 130 project agreements were signed.

Following the successful participation at last year’s edition of the Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (19th MIF) and from the enthusiastic response to the European Pavilion at the 2015 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (MIECF)the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the Macau European Chamber of Commerce are delighted to co-host a European Pavilion at the 20th Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF), which will be held at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel from 22nd to 25th October 2015.

We are delighted to invite you to exhibit in the European Pavilion, which will be opened to private companies (exhibiting EU products and services only), both European Chambers of Commerce in Macau and Hong Kong members, and EU Member States’ Trade Commissions and Consulates. The MIF will welcome companies from Business, Commerce & Industry, Trade, Banking & Finance, Tourism, Transport, Fine Products, Technology, and the Environment to exhibit.

! APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, 11th September 2015!

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CLEAN AIR IN PORTS CONFERENCE
Mon 12-Oct-2015 10:00 AM To 5:00 PM

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The ports of Hamburg and Hong Kong are leading ports in Europe and Asia respectively. Both cities are committed to address ship and port related air pollution, which has serious environmental and health implications. This one-day event aims to provide a platform for policy dialogue on this important and pressing topic amongst major stakeholders, including academics, policy makers, terminal operators and ship owners from both cities, for sharing best practices and industry’s insights related to emission control, and for identifying a common pathway for knowledge and technology transfer to other major port regions, notably in China.

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BREAKFAST SEMINAR: CHANGES IN THE HONG KONG ASSET MANAGEMENT LANDSCAPE: THREATS OR OPPORTUNITIES FOR EUROPEAN COMPANIES
Thu 17-Sep-2015 8:00 AM To 9:30 AM

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Breakfast Seminar: Changes in the Hong Kong Asset Management Landscape: Threats or Opportunities for European Companies

Thursday, 17th September 2015, 8:00am to 9:30am

KPMG, 8th Floor, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong

(Limited seats, First come-first served; Pre-registration applies)

The Registration is now full. You may register to be placed on the waitlist.

Please email events@eurocham.com.hk your details (name, job title, company name, email, direct number/ mobile, membership of chamber of commerce, contact person email, and direct number/ mobile) to register on the waitlist. [Please state N/A if you are not a member of any European national chamber]

If you are on the waitlist, we will only get in touch with you if seats are released. If you have not received notification from our side by 16th September 2015 you may consider your registration to be unsuccessful and we look forward to seeing you in our future events

Registration Deadline: Monday, 14th September 2015, 6:00pm

You are cordially invited to participate in the Breakfast Seminar on “Changes in the Hong Kong Asset Management Landscape: Threats or Opportunities for European companies”, which will take place in Hong Kong on 17th September 2015, organized by the Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. (closed to media)

The seminar will allow the audience to hear from and engage with their peers from across the industry. Prominent speakers from the industry and the supervision authority will share current issues and challenges facing the Hong Kong asset management industry for European Companies and how to capitalize on the opportunities provided by the cross-border initiatives between HK-Mainland.

The event will take the form of a keynote presentation and panel discussions, followed by interactive Q&A session with leading thought leaders.

We look forward to welcoming you at the seminar. You are requested to kindly confirm your participation by Monday, 14th September 2015, 6:00pmFree entrance, mandatory registration, seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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BREAKFAST EVENT IN HONG KONG: EUROPEAN CHAMBER SOUTH CHINA POSITION PAPER AND BUSINESS CONFIDENCE SURVEY LAUNCH 2015/2016
Tue 08-Sep-2015 8:00 AM To 10:00 AM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China are delighted to invite you to a breakfast seminar about the European Business in China – South China Position Paper 2015/2016 (South China Position Paper). This is the first time that the South China Position Paper is brought out as a standalone publication. It compiles the latest assessments and concerns of European businesses operating in South China with the aim to offer constructive recommendations to the cities’ policy makers.

Tuesday, 8th Sept 2015, 8:00am-10:00am

27/F, Club Lusitano, 16 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong

HKD 400 (including light breakfast)

(Limited seats, First come-first served)

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If you are unable to register online, please email events@eurocham.com.hk your details (name, job title, company name, email, direct number/ mobile, membership of chamber of commerce, contact person email, and direct number/ mobile) to register. [Please state N/A if you are not a member of any European national chamber]

Registration Deadline: Friday, 4th September 2015, 6:00PM

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THE EUROPEAN CHAMBERS’ COCKTAIL PARTY
Wed 10-Jun-2015 7:00 PM To 9:00 PM

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Join us for a European networking cocktail party at Shore at the L.place on 10 June 2015!

Network and mingle in this modern chic interior space with other members from the various national European Chambers.

Members of the European National Chambers (Please see list here): HK$300

Non-members: HK$400

REGISTRATION IS FULL AND CLOSED NOW!

Registration Deadline (extended) : 8th June 2015, 6:00pm

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BREAKFAST SEMINAR: THE CHALLENGE OF TRANSSHIPMENT IN IPR PROTECTION
Tue 02-Jun-2015 9:00 AM To 12:00 PM

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Breakfast Seminar: The challenge of Transshipment in IPR Protection

Co-hosted by the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department

Tuesday, 2nd June 2015, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Venue: 12F, C&E Senior Officers’Mess, 222 Java Road, North Point

The registration is now full.

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BREAKFAST DISCUSSION WITH MR. SHAUN K. ROACHE, IMF RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE IN HONG KONG SAR ON “GLOBAL FINANCIAL STABILITY– MONETARY POLICY CHALLENGES AND MANAGING RISKS”
Wed 27-May-2015 8:00 AM To 9:45 AM

Breakfast Discussion with Mr. Shaun K. Roache, IMF Resident Representative in Hong Kong SAR on

“Global Financial Stability– Monetary Policy Challenges and Managing Risks”

In this breakfast semianr, Mr. Shaun K. Roache will present the key findings from the IMF’s Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR). In this report, Fund staffs examine how the ECB’s quantitative easing could be made more effective by reducing the still-high non-performing loans in the banking sector. The report also assesses the impact of persistently low yields on the potential solvency of Europe’s life insurers and asks whether the growth of asset managers poses new challenges to global financial stability.

Wednesday, 27th May, 2015, 8:00am-9:45am

24th Floor, Club Lusitano, 16 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong

Fee: HKD 380 for members of a European National Chamber (click for list)

HKD 450 for non-members

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EUROCHAM ICT BUSINESS COUNCIL (ICTBC) AND SMART CITY EXPO WORLD CONGRESS PRESENT: ENVISIONING HONG KONG’S FUTURE AS SMART AND GREEN CITY
Thu 14-May-2015 9:00 AM To 4:00 PM

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EuroCham ICT Business Council (ICTBC) and Smart City Expo World Congress present:

Envisioning Hong Kong’s Future as Smart and Green City

Cities around the world are exploring how ICT can support, analyse, and monitor urban systems in a continuous learning process with the goal to become more sustainable, improve resource and energy efficiency and increase quality of life. Hong Kong already developed high efficiency in some smart city dimensions, and included further development plans towards a low carbon city in the recent policy address.

While ICT is a powerful tool in improving the “intelligence” of a city, developing a shared view about the future of a city among all stakeholders is a challenge. How can citizens, government officials and business create and collaborate on complex urban transformations?

This seminar shall provide insights from European cities on developing inclusive livable cities with a focus on two environmental issues: energy and mobility. We have got valuable support from the industry. We are honored to have experts specially flying from Europe to Hong Kong, and professors from local universities to join us as speakers. (i.e. Francesc Giralt from City Protocol Society, Barcelona, Luís Gómez from Smart City Expo World Congress, Sakariina Heikkanen and Dr. Lauri Tuomi from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Dr. Magnus Ewerbring from Ericsson, etc. We sincerely invite you to register early as seats are limited.

Please find attached the event programme for more details.

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Venue: M1603, 16/F, Building M (Li Ka Shing Tower), Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) 

Fee: HKD 400 (including light lunch)

(Limited seats, First come-first served; Pre-registration applies)

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2015 EUROPE DAY: THE INVESTMENT PLAN FOR EUROPE: A ROLE FOR ASIA
Thu 07-May-2015 4:00 PM To 8:30 PM

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In conjunction with the celebration of Europe Day, the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macaoandthe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong have the pleasure of inviting you to the EU Day seminar “The Investment Plan for Europe: a role for Asia”. It will take place at the InterContinental Hotel in Kowloon, on 7 May 2015, from 16:00 to 18:00. (registration starts at 15:30)

Details of 2015 Europe Day: Seminar & Reception:

Date: Thursday 7 May 2015

Time: 16:00 to 18:00 (registration starts at 15:30)

Venue: InterContinental Hotel Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The event will be co-hosted by Mr. Vincent Piket, Head of the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, and Mr. Juha Räisänen, Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

The speakers include Mr. Edward Bannerman, Senior Adviser to Mr. Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr. Alessandro Carano, Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission,Mr. Victor L.L. Chu, Co-chair of the Hong Kong-EU Business Council, Co-chair of the G20 Business 20 Trade Task Force and Chairman of the First Eastern Investment Group, Mr. George Yuen, Board Director, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited, Mr. Louis Kuijs, Chief Economist, RBS, and Mr. Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council. A panel discussion, moderated by Mr. Andrew Weir, Regional Senior Partner of KMPG, will look at concrete investment opportunities and explore the role that Hong Kong, Mainland China and Asia in general can play for the success of the plan. High-level speakers will discuss the Investment Plan put forward by the European Union to unlock public and private investments in the real economy for at least € 315 billion over the next three years. They will also explore the role that Hong Kong, Mainland China and Asia in general can play for the success of the plan.

To register, please confirm your participation via email: delegation-hong-kong-events@eeas.europa.eu

Should you have further questions, please contact: delegation-hong-kong@eeas.europa.eu

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EU+ SERIES MINI-CONFERENCE & ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: GREECE, GERMANY AND THE EUROPEAN UNION – BETWEEN ANXIETIES AND ANGER
Thu 23-Apr-2015 2:00 PM To 5:00 PM

You are cordially invited to the following EU+ Series event organized by the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong (EUAP):

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The ‘euro crisis’ is not yet over and neither are the arguments about whether and how it can be resolved. The project of a single European currency was meant to cement European unity. Instead it has led to more strife and conflict both within and between the EU member states. While people in southern Europe, particularly in Greece, rebel against what they perceive as a ‘German dictate’ of austerity, at least part of the electorate in northern EU states feel betrayed by their political elites who promised that the euro would be a stable, strong and dependable currency underpinning European economic growth. The still lingering crisis has exposed and reinforced differences between participating nations’ conflicting passions and interests. Ironically, it has also strengthened calls for a further ‘deepening’ of political and economic governance in the European Union.

This mini conference will analyze current developments from the perspectives of both political analysts and the financial community.

This is organized by the EUAP in cooperation with the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

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HKIE ENVIRONMENTAL DIVISION ANNUAL FORUM – THE FUTURE DIRECTIONS AND BREAKTHROUGHS OF HONG KONG’S ENVIRONMENTAL INDUSTRY
Fri 17-Apr-2015 9:00 AM To 5:30 PM

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“The Future Directions and Breakthroughs of Hong Kong’s Environmental Industry” 《香港環保產業 – 突破發展 引領未來》

17 April 2015, Hong Kong

Internationally, in recent years, the drive for environmental quality, energy sustainability and efficiency, green economy, low carbon society and circular economy has spurred significant growth of environmental industry around the world. Such environmental industry momentum and the world environmental industry market will remain strong in the coming years and will present challenges and opportunities for Hong Kong.

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[URBAN INNOVATIONS-AMSTERDAM] SEMINAR ON NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (27MARCH) & IDEA-JAM WORKSHOP ON SOCIAL INCLUSION (28&29MARCH)
From Fri 27-Mar-2015 To Sun 29-Mar-2015

The coming focus of the Urban Innovations series will be on city of Amsterdam, a multicultural city which has paid continuous efforts in developing social entrepreneurship, fostering social inclusion, bringing the voices of the citizens to neighborhood community development, and encouraging innovations in social economies. The EUAP cordially invites you to join us in the following seminar and Idea-Jam workshop for a cross-city dialogue on social issues.

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2015 MACAO INTERNATIONALENVIRONMENTAL CO-OPERATION FORUM & EXHIBITION (2015 MIECF)
From Thu 26-Mar-2015 10:00 AM To Sat 28-Mar-2015 6:00 PM

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2015 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (2015 MIECF)

“Green Economy – Solutions for Clean Air”

Convention and Exhibition Centre at The Venetian, Macao – Resort – Hotel

26-28 March 2015

Application Deadline: 27th February 2015, Friday

(First-Come, First-Served)

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BREAKFAST SEMINAR: SOUTHEAST ASIA’S CROSSROADS: THREE PATHS TO PROSPERITY
Fri 13-Feb-2015 8:00 AM To 9:15 AM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to invite you to join the following breakfast seminar about “Southeast Asia’s Crossroads: Three paths to prosperity”. 

The future of Asia’s rise depends on three economic centers: China, India and ASEAN. ASEAN covers a land area of 4.46 million km², and has a population of approximately 600 million people, which is 8.8% of the world’s population. In 2013, its combined nominal GDP had grown to $2.4 trillion. As ASEAN approaches the milestone of 2015 for the implementation of the ambitious ASEAN Economic Community, there is growing interest in understanding this rapidly changing region. This breakfast seminar is jointly organized by the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the EU-ASEAN Business Council. The event will unlock the latest trends and keys to compete successfully in ASEAN. Dr. Fraser Thompsonsenior fellow at McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) will present MGI’s latest research and the three latest trends that could transform the region.

Friday, 13th February, 2015, 8:00am-9:15am

Harcourt Suite, The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central, Hong Kong (hosted by Christopher Hammerbeck)

Fee: HKD 380 for members of a European National Chamber; HKD 450 for non-members

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, 10th February, 2015. 6:00pm

(Limited seats, first-come; first-served basis)

Please click here for the event review.

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JOINT BUSINESS COMMUNITY LUNCHEON: THE HONOURABLE LEUNG CHUN-YING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE HKSAR
Mon 09-Feb-2015 12:15 PM To 2:00 PM

cy_leungHKSAR Chief Executive, the Honourable Leung Chun-ying, will deliver his Policy Address to the Legislative Council on 14 January, 2015.

We are deeply honoured that the Chief Executive has accepted our invitation to talk to the Hong Kong Business Community at this joint luncheon, which to be held on Monday, 9 February, 2015.

Participants at this luncheon will be able to hear Mr Leung further elaborate on his Policy Address, and learn more about his initiatives and directives for tackling key issues, such as housing, land supply, labour market, air quality and Hong Kong’s competitiveness in the year ahead.

Register now to avoid disappointment!

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THE 8TH ASIAN FINANCIAL FORUM
From Mon 19-Jan-2015 9:00 AM To Thu 20-Nov-2014 5:30 PM

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Asian Financial Forum

“Asia: Sustainable Development in a World of Change”

19-20 January 2015, Hong Kong

The 8th Asian Financial Forum (AFF) will take place on 19 and 20 January 2015 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The annual AFF brings together some of the most influential members of the global financial and business communities to discuss developments and trends in the dynamic markets of Asia and beyond. The seventh edition held in January 2014 featured more than 100 distinguished speakers and over 2,400 participants from 41 countries and regions.

AFF 2015, under the “Asia: Sustainable Development in a World of Change”, will have more than 100 speakers to share their insights and they include:

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SEASONS GREETINGS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015
From Mon 22-Dec-2014 To Sat 03-Jan-2015

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PUBLIC SEMINAR: THE ROLE OF IN THE FUTURE EUROCITY
Mon 08-Dec-2014 4:00 PM To 5:30 PM

EUAP’s Urban Innovations series cordially invites you to the following seminars, round-table discussion and workshop which focus on urban sustainability, urban agriculture and green-roofing practice in the City of Malmö, one of the most diversified and populous cities in Sweden.

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The city of Malmö is known in Sweden as the city of parks. Early on the officials of Malmö realized the benefits of creating large green high quality parks in the center of the city. Today as the city grows there is an ongoing discussion about a future involving both densifying ambitions and securing both old and new green areas. There are several reasons for investing in new parks and green areas. The presentation will cover many of these.

Mr. Melin will also discuss the benefits in general that comes from planning and building green environments in urban areas.

Can green roofing and green walls compensate for smaller parks and green areas? No, we need to do both.

This seminar is an introduction to Malmö and to Malmö’s challenges concerning the use, access and development of green space in a future context.

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PUBLIC SEMINAR: URBAN AGRICULTURE, CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP & THE NEW DESIGN OF SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODELS
Mon 08-Dec-2014 2:30 PM To 4:00 PM

EUAP’s Urban Innovations series cordially invites you to the following seminars, round-table discussion and workshop which focus on urban sustainability, urban agriculture and green-roofing practice in the City of Malmö, one of the most diversified and populous cities in Sweden.

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Without photosynthesis there is no life.The cyclic processes behind photosynthesis are an important link between humans and technical systems that deliver services in cities (waste water treatment, heating, waste handling, energy production, etc.). Therefore urban agriculture (UA) is a solution as long as people are urban. Some time around 2045, 80% of the 9 billion world population will live in cities. Feeding the city will be one of the main challenges of our future, using as little water and energy as possible and move crops closer to the consumer. The vertical greenhouse is an elementary concept for sustainable and resilient urban agriculture solutions. It can be operated as a profitable business venture. Mr. Hassle also emphasizes the need for Third Generation CSR – corporate social responsibility which focuses on solving societal problems and achieving a balance between commercial thinking and more idealistic principles.

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2014 BUSINESS OF IP ASIA FORUM (BIP ASIA)
From Thu 04-Dec-2014 9:00 AM To Fri 05-Dec-2014 5:00 PM

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Intellectual Property Powering Business Expansion

The upcoming Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia) will be held on 4-5 December 2014.

For the latest information and to register, please visit the BIP website.

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15TH HONG KONG FORUM – CHINA TODAY SEMINAR & NETWORKING RECEPTION
Tue 02-Dec-2014 2:15 PM To 6:00 PM

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Hosted by the HKTDC, the Hong Kong Forum is the annual flagship event of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide (www.hkfederation.org.hk), a unique global network of more than 11,000 members from 38 associations in 27 countries and regions. Last year’s Hong Kong Forum attracted some 370 Federation members from around the world, all of whom have strong interest in doing business with Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Forum is a members-only event. The “China Today” Seminar and Networking Reception are now open to members of overseas chambers in Hong Kong. More details are available at http://www.hkfederation.org.hk/forum/forum2014/.

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PUBLIC SEMINAR : WHAT’S NEXT FOR EUROPEAN INNOVATION POLICY – ARE REGIONAL INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS & SOCIETAL INNOVATION THE WAY FORWARD?
Mon 01-Dec-2014 12:30 PM To 2:00 PM

The European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong and European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong would like to invite you to a Public Seminar on “What’s Next for European Innovation Policy – Are Regional Innovation Ecosystems & Societal Innovation the Way Forward?”.

Europe has defined as its core target to get more innovations out of research. What are in more detail the policy guidelines and instruments when innovation communities operate as ecosystems through systemic value networking in a world without borders. Mr. Markkula’s presentation will include (top-down approach) Europe 2020 and Flagships in its implementation, some growing trends and weak signals, European Industrial Renaissance, Horizon 2020 – the European research framework program as well as (bottom-up approach) Regional innovation ecosystems.

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To reach the Europe 2020 targets (smart, sustainable and inclusive growth), increasing bottom-up collaboration is a must. But how? Mr. Markkula will explain, from the experience of Europe, how to enhance cooperation among the political decision-makers, private and public sector stakeholders, as well as with researchers, students and working life professionals in entrepreneurial discovery and societal innovation.

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PUBLIC SEMINAR: PUBLIC OPEN DATA: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES & RISKS – EXPERIENCES FROM EUROPE & HK
Tue 25-Nov-2014 12:00 PM To 2:00 PM

The European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong, Deloitte, European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Knowledge Dialogues would like to invite you to a Public Seminar on Public Open Data: Business Opportunities And Risks – Experiences From European And Hong Kong.

Accessing Public Sector Information (PSI) can create value-defining opportunities for private enterprises in terms of understanding their markets, improving productivity, and managing risk. However, the enormity of the available information can be overwhelming and the utility and applicability of the data can be missed if the correct resources to generate intelligence from information are not in place. Data Analytics concerns the means by which companies can consolidate existing internal data, combine it with increasingly available public data, structure it logically, and then interrogate it to dictate strategy and to gain previously unavailable insights into operational improvements.

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Government agencies in Hong Kong and Helsinki have both opened their public datasets as open data in recent years. Through Helsinki Region’s Infoshare and Hong Kong Data.one, thousands of datasets can be freely used by third parties. Both aim to increase innovation through the re-use of data for new services, products and insights.

What are the experiences of this new data-sharing between public agencies and different stakeholders in business, community groups, and universities? What is the value for private enterprises? Does this greater data availability greater information governance?

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[PUBLIC SEMINAR] MAKING SMART CITY LIVEABLE (?) PARTICIPATORY PLANNING, ARTS & URBAN GOVERNANCE IN BARCELONA
Fri 21-Nov-2014 5:00 PM To 7:00 PM

EUAP’s Urban Innovations series cordially invites you to the following seminar on BARCELONA.

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“What is the City but the people?” – Shakespeare

Barcelona is one of the world references for “Smart Cities” – a development strategy to address urban problems and to find sustainable solutions for the future of our cities, which is more or less ICT-oriented. Different aspects about “how?” to enhance the urban liveability for everybody as well as economic welfare in cities are largely or selectively overlooked.

But especially the recognition of Barcelona as a vibrant participatory city shows that such ambitions can be realized only with active citizens’ participation in planning processes, urban social movements, arts and urban governance.

Dr. Christina West give unexpected insights how the liveability could be improved if “Smart City” is linked with long-lasting experiences of different urban governance processes and why the transversal practices of arts playing a crucial role in the making of a liveable, sustainable, smart and wise city.

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BREAKFAST SEMINAR: COMBATING HONG KONG’S AIR POLLUTION IN THE MARINE SECTOR
Fri 21-Nov-2014 8:00 AM To 10:00 AM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Hong Kong Shipowners Association are delighted to invite you to a breakfast seminar about “Combating Hong Kong’s Air Pollution in the Marine Sector”. 

The ever increasing global growth of the maritime sector has raised concerns regarding the rise of marine pollution levels. Hong Kong has a role to prevent and manage the many causes and effects of marine pollution and therefore the Hong Kong Government has explored ways to combat Hong Kong’s air pollution with a particular focus on the marine sector.

Implementation of strategies and technologies by the Hong Kong Government to control the marine pollution around the Hong Kong which includes the Pearl River Delta region is crucial if Hong Kong is aiming to become the preferred base as an International Maritime Centre in the region. This seminar presents Hong Kong and Europe’s upcoming effort in combating air pollution derived from the marine sector.

Friday, 21st November 2014, 8:00am-10:00am

27th Floor, Club Lusitano, 16 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong

HKD 350 (including light breakfast)

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, 18th November, 2014, 6:00pm

(Limited seats, first-come; first-served basis)

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EXHIBITION AND OPENING: THE VIENNA MODEL – HOUSING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CITY
Fri 14-Nov-2014 2:00 PM To 6:00 PM

EUAP’s Urban Innovations series cordially invites you to the exhibition opening of Vienna social housing:

THE VIENNA MODEL- HOUSING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CITY

The City of Vienna has realized extraordinary achievements in public housing since 2007. Multiple housing projects spread across the capital make clear just how unique they are as examples of architecture, urban habitation, neighborhood revitalization and the creation of new communities. Though based on the historic legacy of “Red Vienna” they nevertheless present new possibilities, prototypes and advances in housing all segments of the contemporary city.

The Vienna Model will highlight these extraordinary Viennese achievements for a Hong Kong audience in 2014.

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LUNCH SEMINAR: THE SURGE OF ASIAN CAPITAL – A CLOSER LOOK AT THE LIBERALIZATION OF INSURANCE SECTOR
Wed 12-Nov-2014 12:30 PM To 2:00 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and CBRE are delighted to invite you to a seminar about “The surge of Asian capital – a closer look at the liberalization of insurance sector”.

The growth of Asian outbound investment in the global real estate market has been phenomenal. The first half of 2014 marked a hefty 40% increase of their investments worldwide. The seminar will discuss the key characteristics of this wave of capital CBRE is witnessing. Asian Institutional investors are one of the major buying forces and the reason for being more active is largely hinged with the liberalization of rules on real estate investment. We will spend more time on discussing the potential increase of real estate allocations by Asian insurance and ways they could gain exposure to real estate.

Wednesday, 12th November 2014, 12:30pm-2pm

CBRE offices, 3/F, Three Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong

HKD 150 (including sandwich lunch)

Registration Deadline: Monday, 10th November, 2014, 6:00pm

(Limited seats, first-come; first-served basis)

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BREAKFAST SEMINAR – GREECE 2014: REALIZING THE POTENTIAL
Mon 10-Nov-2014 8:00 AM To 10:00 AM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to invite you to “Breakfast Seminar – Greece 2014: Realizing the Potential” that will be held on Monday, 10th November 2014 morning at the Hong Kong Bankers Club.

In this seminar, Mr. Stephanos Issaias will provide an update on the key developments in the Greek economy and reform programme. He will also present an overview of the investment framework, and discuss the key opportunities for growth that exist for foreign investors in all key sectors of the Greek economy, including Tourism & Real Estate, Food & Agriculture, Energy, Logistics, ICT and Life Sciences.

Monday, 10th November 2014, 8:00am-10:00am

Dragon Room 1, The Hong Kong Bankers Club, 43rd-44th Floor, Gloucester Tower,

The Landmark, Hong Kong

HKD 300 (including light breakfast)

Registration Deadline: Friday, 7th November, 2014

(Limited seats, first-come; first-served basis)

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START-UP WORKSHOP: SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG & CHINA
Fri 31-Oct-2014 10:30 AM To 11:30 AM

Having brilliant ideas does not mean your business will immediately flourish. You have already made a phenomenal starting point in Hong Kong, but what’s next?

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is organizing a “Start-up Workshop: Seizing Opportunities in Hong Kong & China”

31 October 2014, Friday, 10:30am – 11:30am 

HKTDC SME Centre 

(Ground Level, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, HK)

Free-of-charge

Registration Deadline: 29 October 2014, Wednesday

(Limited seats, First come-first served)

Here is a chance for you getting to know more about alternative platforms to showcase your innovative ideas to potential investors or customers and grasp the latest market information in the innovation and tech area, which enables global entrepreneurs like you to venture into the local and the Chinese mainland markets.

Local start-ups will also be there to answer your questions and provide tips on getting successful in Hong Kong. Don’t miss the opportunity to grow your business!

Please click here for the event review and photos! 

For enquiry, please contact Miss Kristie Chu at kristie.ff.chu@hktdc.org.

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MALMÖ: ‘SUSTAINABILITY AS A DRIVER OF CHANGE’ & ‘WASTE TO ENERGY’
Thu 30-Oct-2014 7:00 PM To 8:30 PM

The European Union Academic Programme, Hong Kong, will be organising a Public Seminar with 2 eminent speakers from Malmö (Sweden): ‘Sustainability as a Driver of Change’ & ‘Waste to Energy’ by Kerstin Akerwall (City of Malmö) & Ebbe Nordell (International Energy Solutions AB)

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LIVEABLE CITIES – VIENNA HONG KONG DIALOGUE
Tue 28-Oct-2014 5:00 PM To 6:30 PM

The European Union Academic Programme, Hong Kong, will be organising a Roundtable Discussion w/ Deputy Mayor of Vienna, Maria Vassilakou and Southern District Councilor of Hong Kong, Paul Zimmerman

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Vienna is one of the ‘greenest’ cities on earth, with an extremely high quality of life for its citizens. Underlying this achievement is a comprehensive urban planning strategy with an emphasis on climate protection, increasing use of renewable energy sources, improved mobility for citizens (including ‘walkability’ of and within the city), social inclusion policies and extensive citizens’ participation. Implementing such far-reaching strategies (until 2050) requires effective urban leadership and cooperation among all stakeholders, including government, business, and civil society. Along these lines, Ms. Vassilakou (who is also a leading member of the Austrian Green Party) and Mr. Zimmerman will compare the different approaches in Hong Kong and Vienna and are open to debate with the audience.

For Registration and more information about the Urban Innovations series, please visit http://euap.hkbu.edu.hk/series/

Please find enclosed a flyer & venue location for your information.

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact them at euaphk@hkbu.edu.hk or at (852) 3411-6598.

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EUROPEAN PAVILION AT THE 2014 MACAO INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT FAIR (MIF)
From Thu 23-Oct-2014 12:00 PM To Sun 26-Oct-2014 6:00 PM

small logoFollowing the successful EU participation at the 2014 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (MIECF), the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the Macau European Chamber of Commerce are delighted to co-host a European Pavilion, at the 19th Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF), which will be held at the Venetian-Macao-Resort-Hotel from 23 to 26 October 2014.

EU products only!

Application Deadline: Friday, 26th September, 2014

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SEMINAR: ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE (ESG) REPORTING IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS: A FOCUS ON SUPPLY CHAIN
Fri 17-Oct-2014 1:30 PM To 5:00 PM

The Environmental Business Council of The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (ECCHK), Carbon Care Asia Limited (CCA), and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx)with the support of the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao are delighted to co-organize a SEMINAR: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting is Good for Business: A Focus on Supply Chain.

ESG reporting is now a global trend, not only for compliance but also as a yardstick for good governance.

  • What is the business case for ESG reporting? What business risks arise from NOT reporting?
  • How can companies produce a quality ESG report and avoid reputational risks?
  • How is ESG reporting linked to sustainable business practices?

These are the key questions that will be addressed in the seminar. Leading practitioners and businesses will also share their experiences in ESG reporting.

Friday, 17th October 2014, 1:30-5:00 pm

The Exchange Auditorium

The Exchange Exhibition Hall

1/F., One and Two Exchange Square, Central, Hong Kong

Free-of-charge

(Limited seats, First come-first served)

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, 14th October, 2014, 6:00pm

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EUAP URBAN INNOVATION – VIENNA SMART CITY CONCEPT
Thu 16-Oct-2014 4:00 PM To 6:00 PM

The European Union Academic Programme, Hong Kong, will be organising a public seminar on “Vienna Smart City Concept” in which they are honored to have Mr. Dominic Weiss, Head of Public Affairs Management / Smart City Vienna Agency, as their speaker.

16 OCT 2014 (THU), 4 – 6 PM

Lecture Theatre 3, CUHK Graduate Law Centre,

2/F, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central

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Vienna is internationally recognized for its high quality of life, clean environment and its sustainability policies. In 2011,a “Smart City Wien” strategy was launched for further integrated urban planning. The project combines a long-term overall ‘Smart City’ development plan with ambitious, systematically monitored targets, the use of ICT in developing ‘smart governance’ and ‘smart living’, and the city’s traffic policies (‘smart mobility’ in a ‘walkable city’). Vienna encourages the involvement of different interest groups and stakeholders in urban planning processes via general and specific consultation teams. These range from universities and think tanks, architects and investors to individual citizens themselves in the design, maintenance and future development of their own habitat. The Vienna approach is characterized by its long term perspective with an integrated people-oriented focus.

Registration and further information: http://goo.gl/XyKX1e

For more information about the Urban Innovations series, please visit http://euap.hkbu.edu.hk/series/

Please find enclosed a flyer & venue location for your information.

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact them at euaphk@hkbu.edu.hk or at (852) 3411-6598.

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JOINT HKGCC EUROPE COMMITTEE – EUROCHAM HAPPY HOUR
Tue 14-Oct-2014 6:00 PM To 8:00 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (EuroCham) and the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce’s Europe Committee (HKGCC) are going to co-host a special Happy Hour event at Café Post, Hotel Indigo on 14th October, 2014 (Tuesday). It is an exclusive event for HKGCC members and members of ECC 15 European national chambers to network and expand their business circles.

Tuesday, 14th October 2014, 6pm- 8pm

Café Post, 2/F, Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island, 246 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai

HKD $260 per person (including drinks and canapés)

[National Chamber Members Only]

(Limited seats, First come-first served)

Registration Deadline: 8 October, 2014 (Wednesday)

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CHINA IPR SME HELPDESK SEMINAR: PREPARING TO ENTER THE MAINLAND CHINA MARKET: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Wed 24-Sep-2014 9:00 AM To 11:45 AM

china ipr sme helpdesk logo 20The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is proud to support the China IPR SME Helpdesk Seminar: “Preparing to Enter the Mainland China Market: Opportunities and Challenges in Intellectual Property”

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(Limited seats, First come-first served)

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BUSINESS CONFIDENCE SURVEY 2014: WHAT ARE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN INVESTOR CONFIDENCE FOR EUROPEAN BUSINESSES IN CHINA?
Tue 23-Sep-2014 8:00 AM To 10:00 AM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China are delighted to invite you to a breakfast seminar about European Businesses in China: Business Confidence Survey 2014.

The Business Confidence Survey 2014 was conducted by The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China in February 2014 and has taken place annually since 2004. It aims to highlight patterns and examine the impact of the Chinese government policy and global economic trends.

Tuesday, 23rd Sept 2014, 8am-10am

Victoria Suite, 1/F, Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central, Hong Kong

HKD 350 (including light breakfast)

(Limited seats, First come-first served)

Application Deadline: Friday 19th Sept 2014

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HONG KONG GREEN AWARDS 2014 (HKGA 2014)
Sun 14-Sep-2014

hkga2014The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is proud to support the Hong Kong Green Awards 2014.

Enroll Now!

Submission Deadline: 12 September 2014

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THE 56TH INTERCHAM YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COCKTAIL
Tue 26-Aug-2014 6:30 PM To 9:30 PM

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The 56th InterCham Young Professionals Cocktail

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BREAKFAST DISCUSSION: SMART CITY DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG AND EUROPE
Thu 26-Jun-2014 9:00 AM To 10:30 AM

Breakfast Discussion: Smart City Developments in Hong Kong and Europe

The ICT Business Council of The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to host a breakfast discussion about smart city developments in Hong Kong and Europe.

A smart city is a city which can provide – with fewer resources – more efficiency, more services for its citizens and a higher quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing world. Sustainable built environment, green buildings, zero waste and zero carbon strategies, intelligent mobility systems, renewable energy supply and smart grids are just a few of the fields where human and technological connectivity empower collaboration different stakeholders in the city.

The event will address the following topics:

– How are cities in Europe developing new forms of governance, participation and engagement of citizens and business?

– How will urban data (open and big data) be used to create new services and insights?

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CONFERENCE: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – RESPONSIBLE SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Thu 12-Jun-2014 2:15 PM To 4:00 PM

Corporate Social Responsibility – Responsible Supply Chain Management

Date: 12 June 2014

Venue: The Mira Hong Kong Hotel, 18/F, The Ballroom, 118 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui

Companies have faced and are increasingly facing challenges in their efforts to identify, manage and mitigate possible adverse impacts along their entire supply chain. In this light, Responsible Supply Chain Management, as part of a company’s Corporate Social Responsibility policies, has become a key part of the strategy of many companies.

The conference aims to share best practice between the EU and Hong Kong. CSR at least covers human rights, labour and employment practices (such as training, diversity, gender equality and employee health and well-being), environmental issues (such as biodiversity, climate change, resource efficiency, life-cycle assessment and pollution prevention), and combating bribery and corruption.

The panel and audience brings together a cross section of European and Hong Kong stakeholders including policy makers, businesses, labour groups, academics and public-private partnerships.

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BREAKFAST DISCUSSION WITH MR. TILMAN LUEDER, HEAD OF UNIT IN DG MARKT
Tue 10-Jun-2014 8:00 AM To 9:45 AM

Breakfast Discussion with Mr. Tilman Lueder, Head of Unit in DG MARKT, 10 June, 2014

“Funds Passporting – European and Asian Approaches”

The Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) and the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong are delighted to invite you to a breakfast seminar on the occasion of the visit of Mr. Tilman Lueder, Head of Unit in DG MARKT, 10 June in Hong Kong.

Our distinguished speaker from the European Commission will highlight the latest regulatory developments in Europe regarding UCITS and the recent announcement of the HK-PRC mutual recognition scheme from an EU perspective. Will these schemes eventually converge or will they fuel healthy competition for the assets of emerging retail investor in both Europe and Asia?

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SPEAKER LUNCHEON WITH JOS DELBEKE, DIRECTOR-GENERAL FOR THE DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR CLIMATE ACTION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION – 22ND MAY, 2014
Thu 22-May-2014 12:00 PM To 2:00 PM

Speaker Luncheon with Jos Delbeke, Director-General for the Directorate-General for Climate Action of the European Commission – 22nd May, 2014

“2030 and beyond: climate policy and business opportunities”

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to host a luncheon discussion on the occasion of the visit of Jos Delbeke Director-General for the Directorate-General for Climate Action of the European Commission on 22nd May, 2014.

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EUROPE DAY 2014 : INVEST IN EUROPE
Mon 12-May-2014 4:00 PM To 5:45 PM

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In conjunction with the celebration of Europe Day, the EU’s equivalent to a National Day, the European Union Office to Hong Kong & Macao and the European Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong) have the pleasure of inviting you to the EU Day seminar “Invest in Europe “.

The seminar takes place on Monday 12 May 2014, from 16:00 to 17:45, at the Sheraton Hotel, Nathan Road 20, Kowloon.

Speakers, including high-level representatives from EU diplomatic missions and business, will discuss the EU’s and the Eurozone’s latest economic trends, the EU’s investment climate and the factors that continue to make Europe an attractive destination for Hong Kong and Asian investors.

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“INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO FIGHT COUNTERFEITING: THE REAL DEAL” CONFERENCE – 8TH MAY, 2014
Thu 08-May-2014 9:00 AM To 4:30 AM

“International Cooperation to Fight Counterfeiting: the Real Deal” Conference – 8th May, 2014

Co-hosted by the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong and the World Customs Organization

Date / Time: May 8th, 2014, 9am to 4:30pm

Venue: Chinese University of Hong Kong, Graduate Law Centre

Application deadline: 21 April 2014

(First-come, First served)

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BREAKFAST DISCUSSION WITH SHAUN K. ROACHE, IMF RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE IN HONG KONG SAR
Tue 15-Apr-2014 8:00 AM To 9:45 AM

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Mr. Shaun K. Roache will present the key findings from the IMF’s soon-to-be released Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR). The GFSR will provide an assessment of the global financial system and markets, and addresses emerging market financing in a global context. It will focus on current market conditions, highlighting systemic issues that could pose a risk to financial stability and sustained market access by emerging market borrowers. Shaun will spotlight emerging financial risks in China and assess progress towards financial stability in Europe.

By Invitation Only

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MACAO INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT COOPERATION FORUM AND EXHIBITION (2014 MIECF)
From Thu 27-Mar-2014 10:00 AM To Sat 29-Mar-2014 6:00 PM

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Macao International Environment Cooperation Forum and Exhibition

(2014 MIECF)

“Energizing Green Business Growth”

Convention and Exhibition Centre at The Venetian, Macao

27-29 March 2014

Application deadline: 28th February 2014

(First-come, First served)

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JOINT BUSINESS COMMUNITY LUNCHEON: 2014-2015 BUDGET, THE HONOURABLE JOHN TSANG, FINANCIAL SECRETARY OF THE HKSARG
Thu 20-Mar-2014 12:15 PM To 2:00 PM

john tsangWe are deeply honoured that Mr Tsang has accepted our invitation to talk to the Hong Kong business community on 20 March, 2014, about his Budget. This joint business community luncheon is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about his thoughts and insights behind the new Budget. You will learn directly from the Financial Secretary about the Government’s plans to steer its fiscal policy to sustain Hong Kong’s economic growth and maintain our competitiveness.

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NEW URBANIZATION, NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN CHINA
Wed 19-Mar-2014 8:30 AM To 1:00 PM

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China’s urbanization has entered an exciting new phase that is widely expected to be a major source of momentum for the country’s economic growth as new reforms unfold in 2014.

Urbanization brings new opportunities, but has so far failed to ignite the enthusiasm of the capital market. What are investors’ doubts and concerns, and how can these be addressed? What are the best ways to capitalize on potential investment opportunities? How should real estate developers rationally plan their developments under the new urbanization strategy? Will the service industry and agri-business sector live up to the expectation of being two of the major players in this new round of economic growth? As new urbanization pushes forward, can Mainland China regain the appeal it once had for Hong Kong and Macao in the 1980s?

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EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL
From Fri 21-Feb-2014 7:40 PM To Wed 05-Mar-2014 9:30 PM

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The fifth European Union Film Festival will bring the Hong Kong audience a total of 16 acclaimed and award-winning films from 16 European countries, covering various genres from comedy to drama. The Festival is made possible thanks to the contributions from the Consulates-General of the EU Member States and our local partner, Broadway Cinematheque…Read More

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BREAKFAST DISCUSSION WITH STEVEN MAIJOOR
Wed 19-Feb-2014 8:00 AM To 9:45 AM

maijoorMr. Maijoor will introduce the EU system of financial supervision and in particular ESMA, provide an update on regulatory developments between EU and Hong Kong / Asia, with a focus on derivatives and benchmarks, and explain how the EU financial supervision framework contributes to financial stability.

By Invitation Only

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SEMINAR “LOBBYING AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION” WITH DR. GABRIEL LANSKY
Fri 14-Feb-2014 3:00 PM To 4:30 PM

Dr. Gabriel Lansky shall provide an overview of the internal workings of the decision-­making process in the EU and ways to influence policy making within the current legal framework.

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THE 7TH ASIAN FINANCIAL FORUM
From Mon 13-Jan-2014 8:30 AM To Tue 14-Jan-2014 5:30 PM

aff 2014Efforts to rebuild confidence and restore growth remain central in today’s global financial landscape. Featuring the theme “Asia: Powering World Growth”, distinguished speakers will share their insights and views on how Asia can play a role in getting the global economy back on to a path of stable growth and where opportunities lie. Join the great minds and register now.

EuroCham Members are entitled to special discount of 40% on admission fee, i.e. HKD 4,440 – limited quota (Original fee: 7,400 HKD)

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A EUROPEAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON WITH MICHEL BARNIER, COMMISSIONER, INTERNAL MARKET AND SERVICES, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Fri 03-Jan-2014 12:30 PM To 2:00 PM

barnierThe European Chamber of Commerce is delighted to host a luncheon on the occasion of the visit of Michel Barnier, Commissioner, Internal Market and Services for the European Commission.

BY INVITATION ONLY

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WE ARE MOVING
Thu 02-Jan-2014

moving signThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong will move to a brand new office!

From 2nd January 2014 ONWARDS, please send all your mail to our new address:

Room 1302, 13/f, 168 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2511 5133 (unchanged)

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE CULTURAL/CREATIVE INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG & THE EUROPEAN UNION
Fri 06-Dec-2013 3:30 PM To 5:00 PM

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A seminar “Intellectual Property in the Cultural/Creative Industries in Hong Kong & the European Union” is jointly organized by the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong, the European Brands Protection Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Hong Kong Design Centre.

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2013 BUSINESS OF IP ASIA FORUM (BIP ASIA)
From Thu 05-Dec-2013 8:30 AM To Fri 06-Dec-2013 2:00 PM

 

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The upcoming Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia) will be held on 5-6 December 2013.

For more information and to register, please visit the BIP website.

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A EUROPEAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTATION WITH JOSE MANUEL BARROSO, PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Fri 22-Nov-2013 4:30 PM To 6:30 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to host an event on the occasion of the visit of Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.

Jose Manuel Barroso.

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ASIFMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013
From Wed 20-Nov-2013 9:30 AM To Thu 21-Nov-2013 5:00 PM

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ASIFMA is pleased to present the Annual Conference 2013, with the theme for this first-of-a-kind, two-day event ‘Developing Asia’s Capital Markets’, in Hong Kong on 20-21 November 2013.

The two-day industry-wide conference is devoted to a unique opportunity for global and regional policy makers, high-level regulators and senior representatives from both sell-side and buy-side firms to meet and discuss important issues affecting the development of Asia’s capital markets. Over 30 sponsors in the financial industry support the conference. We invite you to register early as seating is limited.

For more information regarding the event, please visit the ASIFMA website.

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SEMINAR – CYBER IP LAW – GOOGLE ADWORDS AND TRADEMARK RIGHTS: THE EUROPEAN AND HONG KONG APPROACHES
Thu 07-Nov-2013 4:30 PM To 6:20 PM

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The Seminar “Cyber IP Law – Google AdWords and Trademark Rights: the European and Hong Kong Approaches” is jointly organized by the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong (EUAP) and the European Brands Protection Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (EBPC).

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FIGHTING COUNTERFEIT IN HONG KONG AND THE EUROPEAN UNION – A COMPARATIVE APPROACH
Fri 01-Nov-2013 4:30 PM To 6:20 PM

ip seriesThe European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong and the European Brands Protection Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong are jointly organizing the “Fighting counterfeit in Hong Kong and the European Union – A comparative approach” seminar.

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EUROPEAN BRANDS PROTECTION: BRANDS BUILDING AND BRANDS PROTECTION
Fri 25-Oct-2013 4:30 PM To 6:20 PM

ip seriesThe European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong and the European Brands Protection Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong are jointly organizing the “European Brands Protection: Brands Building and Brands Protection” seminar.

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EUROPEAN PAVILION AT THE 2013 MACAO INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT FAIR (MIF)
From Thu 17-Oct-2013 12:00 PM To Sun 20-Oct-2013 6:00 PM

mif2013Following the successful EU participation at the 2013 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (MIECF), the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is once again delighted to host a European Pavilion, at the 18th Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF), which will be held at the Venetian-Macao-Resort-Hotel from 17 to 20 October 2013 (the exhibitor package will be available soon!).

EU products only!

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INSIGHTS ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS – A SPOTLIGHT ON HONG KONG AND MACAU
Fri 27-Sep-2013 8:30 AM To 11:00 AM

ipr kpmg event2A new report funded by the European Chamber of Commerce examines current consumer attitudes towards purchasing fake goods

Please join us at our event on 27 September 2013, where senior representatives from the European Chamber of Commerce, KPMG, Mayer Brown JSM, TNS and Silk Road Associates will share key findings from the new survey and will discuss current consumer attitudes towards counterfeit goods together with leading industry executives.

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“HOW EUROPE IS OVERCOMING THE EURO CRISIS” AS SEEN BY MAARTEN VERWEY, DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL FOR ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Wed 25-Sep-2013 8:00 AM To 9:30 AM

verwey_photoThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to host a breakfast discussion on the occasion of the visit of Maarten Verwey.

By Invitation Only

 

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HONG KONG GREEN AWARDS 2013 (HKGA 2013)
Sat 14-Sep-2013

HKGA logoThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to support the Hong Kong Green Awards 2013.

Submission Deadline: 14 September 2013

 

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EUROPEAN CHAMBERS’ COCKTAIL PARTY
Thu 12-Sep-2013 7:00 PM To 9:00 PM

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Join us for a European networking cocktail party at the open-air lounge bar Vibes on 12 September 2013!

The European Chamber of Commerce is delighted to host a networking cocktail party supported by all the European Chambers in Hong Kong!

Registration Now Closed

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MINI-CONFERENCE: HONG KONG – EUROPEAN UNION COOPERATION IN PROTECTING AND DEVELOPING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND BRANDS: CURRENT SITUATION AND FUTURE TRENDS
Mon 02-Sep-2013 9:00 AM To 2:00 PM

IPR2013The conference “Hong Kong – European Union Cooperation in Protecting and Developing Intellectual Property and Brands: Current Situation and Future Trends” is jointly organized by The European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong and sponsored fully by the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, supported by the European Union, on 2nd September 2013 at Hong Kong Baptist University.

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OPEN COLLABORATION – AN ATTRACTIVE CONCEPT FOR BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURS?
Wed 07-Aug-2013 2:00 PM To 5:30 PM

wikisym_opensymThe ICT Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to host a panel discussion on Collaborative Technologies – How have they changed the way we do business?, during the WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 Joint International Symposium on Open Collaboration at the Cyberport.

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450HKD (Price includes 2 sessions plus access to networking event courtesy of Ericsson)

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ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST DISCUSSION: “CENTRAL BANK UNCONVENTIONAL POLICIES IN THE US, THE EU AND JAPAN: RISKS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND GLOBAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY
Wed 07-Aug-2013 9:00 AM To 10:00 AM

European Chamber of Commerce Financial Services Business Council is delighted to host a roundtable breakfast discussion on the occasion of the visit of Professor Ismail Ertürk from the Manchester Business School of the University of Manchester.

By Invitation OnlyIsmail Ertuk

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MACAO INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT COOPERATION FORUM AND EXHIBITION (2013 MIECF)
From Thu 21-Mar-2013 10:00 AM To Sat 23-Mar-2013 6:00 PM

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(2013 MIECF)

“Sustainable Cities – The way towards a green future”

Convention and Exhibition Centre at The Venetian, Macao

21-23 March 2013

Application deadline: 28 February 2013

(First-come, First served)

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is once again delighted to host a European Pavilion , at the 2013 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (2013MIECF), which will take place on 21-23 March at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macao. We would like to invite your company to join our European pavilion (once again).

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JOINT BUSINESS COMMUNITY LUNCHEON 2013-2014 BUDGET WITH FINANCIAL SECRETARY – 18 MAR 2013
Mon 18-Mar-2013 12:15 PM To 2:00 PM

John TsangThe Honourable John Tsang, Financial Secretary of the HKSARG

The HKSAR Financial Secretary, the Honourable John Tsang, will deliver his 2013- 2014 Budget Speech to the Legislative Council late February 2013.

We are deeply honoured that Mr Tsang has accepted our invitation to talk to the Hong Kong business community on 18 March 2013 about his Budget.

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BREAKFAST BRIEFING: CHALLENGES IN EU FINANCIAL REGULATION AND THE WAY FORWARD – THE ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN BANKING AUTHORITY
Wed 13-Mar-2013 8:00 AM To 9:30 AM

Andrea EnriaThe Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, is delighted to host a breakfast briefing on the occasion of the visit of Mr Andrea Enria from the the European Banking Authority.

By Invitation Only

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BREAKFAST BRIEFING: GLOBAL OUTLOOK : “CONFIDENCE TRICK OR TREAT ?” AS SEEN BY MARK CLIFFE, CHIEF ECONOMIST, ING GROUP
Tue 05-Mar-2013 8:00 AM To 10:00 AM

Mark CliffeThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is pleased to introduce the new Head of Office of the European Union (EU) to Hong Kong and Macao, Vincent Piket, who will give a few remarks on the current European financial situation. Followed by a European Economist, Mark Cliffe will share his views on the decisions made by the ECB and if the confidence trick worked or will fail in the end.

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Member: 300 HKD; Non-member: 400 HKD (including full breakfast)

Now on 24th Floor of Club Lusitano

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2ND ANNUAL HKEX – EUROCHAM CONFERENCE ON “RAISING CAPITAL IN HONG KONG”
Thu 17-Jan-2013 8:30 AM To 6:00 PM

eventimageThe Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) and the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (EuroCham) will jointly organize the 2nd Annual HKEx-EuroCham Conference on “Raising Capital in Hong Kong” on the 17th January 2013; the event will give European corporates the possibility to gain a deep understanding of the Hong Kong market, the internationalization of the RMB, meet investors from the region and uncover new business opportunities.

Registration is Closed

 

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THE 6TH ASIAN FINANCIAL FORUM
From Mon 14-Jan-2013 8:30 AM To Tue 15-Jan-2013 5:30 PM

AFF2013The Asian Financial Forum (AFF) brings together some of the most influential members of the global financial and business community to discuss developments and trends in the dynamic markets of Asia. It has become the event the world looks to for market intelligence, networking, and exploring business opportunities in the Chinese mainland and the rest of Asia.

EuroCham Members are entitled to special discount of 40% on admission fee, i.e. HKD 4,440 – limited quota (Original fee: 7,400 HKD)

 

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WE ARE MOVING TO THE 27TH FLOOR
Mon 31-Dec-2012

MoveBoxThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong will move to a brand new office!

From 1st January 2013 ONWARDS, please send all your mail to our following new address:

Room 2721, Level 27, World Wide House, 19 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong

Tel European Chamber: +852 2511 5133 (unchanged)

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BREAKFAST BRIEFING ON “THE EUROPEAN DEBT CRISIS EXPLAINED AND THE ROAD FORWARD”
Fri 07-Dec-2012 8:00 AM To 10:00 AM

Peter BekxAt this unique event organized by the Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Peter Bekx, Director at the DG for International Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission, will spell out the root-causes of the crisis; the measures taken to address them and why the crisis is not only a challenge but also an opportunity to move towards a genuine European Economic and Monetary Union.

Member*: 330 HKD; Non-member*: 430 HKD; Corporate table: 3,200 HKD (Breakfast included)

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SEMINAR: CREATING VALUE FROM CULTURAL DATA
Tue 04-Dec-2012 6:30 PM To 8:00 PM

Harry VerwayenEuropeana is the largest digital repository of cultural data in the world. It aggregates digitised books, paintings, photographs, recordings and films from over 2,200 contributing cultural heritage organisations across Europe – including major national bodies such as the British Library, the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum.

250 HKD (wine and snacks included)

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BREAKFAST BRIEFING: “HONG KONG ENVIRONMENT; WHAT IS THE PLAN AND HOW CAN EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE AND BUSINESS HELP?”
Tue 13-Nov-2012 9:00 AM To 10:30 AM

Christine LohEuroCham meets Ms. Christine Loh, the newly appointed Undersecretary for Environment in the HKSAR Government

Everyone has a part in protecting the environment and, more importantly, businesses should play a bigger role in developing strategies for sustainable development. The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to EU funding, will hold a breakfast discussion on HK’s strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth; developing the cooperation with the EU.

By Invitation Only

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LUNCHEON DISCUSSION: “SEPTEMBER 2012: HAS THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK DECISION MARKED THE TURNING POINT OF THE EUROZONE CRISIS?”
Fri 09-Nov-2012 12:00 PM To 2:00 PM

rolf_langhammerIs buying sovereign debt the way forward to save the Euro? According to Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), to avoid any more doubts in the Euro, the ECB will join forces with central banks to buy up unlimited quantities of sovereign bonds to help the members that are heavily indebted to recover from the financial crisis. In this presentation, Prof. Dr. Rolf J. Langhammer of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy will share his views on the decisions made by the ECB and how this will affect the future development of the Euro.

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Member: 490 HKD; Non-member: 590 HKD (including full Western lunch)

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BUSINESS LUNCHEON: PRACTICAL ASPECTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WHEN USING CEPA
Wed 07-Nov-2012 12:30 PM To 2:00 PM

Andrew TsuiThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce will jointly organise a Business luncheon on “Practical aspects for a successful business when using CEPA” on 7th November 2012.

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Member: 290 HKD; Non-member: 390 HKD (including Chinese lunch)

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MACAU SEMINAR: EU-MACAO BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES – UNLOCKING POTENTIAL OF CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES – IN THE CONCEPT OF CULTURE, BUSINESS, INNOVATION
Fri 19-Oct-2012 2:30 PM To 4:30 PM

Europe v2The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to EU funding, Macau Trade & Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) and the Institute of European Studies of Macau (IEEM) are delighted to co-host a seminar on Creative Industries with the focus on business opportunities between EU, Macau, Hong Kong and neighbouring regions, at the 17th Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF).

Free of Charge

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EUROPEAN PAVILION AT THE 2012 MACAO INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT FAIR (MIF)
From Thu 18-Oct-2012 To Sun 21-Oct-2012

MIFFollowing the successful EU participation at the 2012 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (MIECF), the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is once again delighted to host a European Pavilion, thanks to EU funding, at the 17th Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF), which will be held at the Venetian-Macao-Resort-Hotel from 18 to 21 October 2012 (the exhibitor package will be available soon!).

EU products only!

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MACAU SEMINAR: PROTECTING YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN MACAU AND GREATER CHINA
Thu 20-Sep-2012 9:30 AM To 2:00 PM

copyrightThe China IPR SME Helpdesk and the European Union Business Information Programme in Hong Kong & Macao (IPIM, IEEM & ECC HK), are pleased to invite you to a seminar about how to protect your Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Macau and China, on Thursday 20th September 2011, at the Mandarin Oriental Macau, Harbour and Bay Room in Macau.

Free of Charge

(Seminar + Networking Lunch)

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ANNUAL REGIONAL EUROPEAN IPR PROTECTION AND ENFORCEMENT CONFERENCE
From Tue 18-Sep-2012 To Wed 19-Sep-2012

Intellectual-Property-RightsThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to EU funding, and the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department will jointly organize the first “Annual Regional European IPR Protection and Enforcement Conference” on September 18-19, 2012, at the Customs Headquarter Building in Hong Kong.

Register Now

 

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[EVENT POSTPONED] MACAU SEMINAR: EU INVESTMENT FUNDS: WHAT FUTURE FOR THE EURO AND THE INVESTMENT FUND INDUSTRY? LATEST UPDATE FROM THE REGULATORY LANDSCAPE
Thu 21-Jun-2012 3:30 PM To 7:30 PM

1_200by200The European Union Business Information Programme, thanks to EU funding, and the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry are delighted to invite you to a seminar on “EU INVESTMENT FUNDS: WHAT FUTURE FOR THE EURO AND THE INVESTMENT FUND INDUSTRY? LATEST UPDATE FROM THE REGULATORY LANDSCAPE” followed by a networking cocktail, on 21st June 2012 in Macau.

EVENT POSTPONED

Free of charge (Pre-registration required)

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[EVENT POSTPONED] EU INVESTMENT FUNDS: WHAT FUTURE FOR THE EURO AND THE INVESTMENT FUND INDUSTRY? LATEST UPDATE FROM THE REGULATORY LANDSCAPE
Wed 20-Jun-2012 8:00 AM To 10:30 AM

1_200by200The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to EU funding (EU Business Information Programme) and the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry are delighted to invite you to a breakfast seminar on “EU INVESTMENT FUNDS: WHAT FUTURE FOR THE EURO AND THE INVESTMENT FUND INDUSTRY? LATEST UPDATE FROM THE REGULATORY LANDSCAPE” on June 20 in Hong Kong.

EVENT POSTPONED

Free of charge (Limited quota and Pre-registration required)

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BREAKFAST BRIEFING: THE EURO AREA IN Q2 2012: TAKING STOCK – WHERE TO NEXT?
Fri 08-Jun-2012 8:00 AM To 9:30 AM

Jens SondergaardThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to EU funding, is delighted to host a breakfast discussion on the occasion of the visit of Jens Sondergaard, Senior European Economist at Nomura International based in London.

Free of charge (Limited quota and pre-registration applies)

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DINNER BRIEFING: EFFECTIVE REGULATION TO ENSURE STABILITY OF FINANCIAL MARKETS: OVERVIEW OF THE EUROPEAN REFORM AGENDA
Wed 30-May-2012 7:00 PM To 9:00 PM

(Microsoft Word - Calvi361o - short biography - en - updated.dThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to EU funding, is delighted to host a dinner briefing on the occasion of the visit of Ms. Nadia Calviño from the Directorate General for Internal Market and Services of the European Commission.

By invitation only

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SEMINAR ON “EUROPEAN INVESTMENT IN CHINA VIA HONG KONG”
Tue 22-May-2012 9:30 AM To 1:30 PM

eu-chn resizedThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to EU funding, and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council are jointly hosting a seminar on “European investment in China via Hong Kong” on 22 May 2012 to discuss the role of Hong Kong as a gateway for investment in China.

Free of charge (Pre-registration required)

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EUROPE DAY IN MACAO, 15 MAY 2012
Tue 15-May-2012 4:15 PM To 6:00 PM

euThe EU is emerging from the global financial crisis having taken a series of unprecedented steps to address the fiscal situation of EU member states and in support of the common currency, the Euro.

Thanks to EU funding, a conference will be held in Macao on the 15th of May 2012 to celebrate the 62nd Year of the European Union since the Schuman Declaration in 1950, with the European and local community in Macao.

By Invitation Only

 

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EUROPE DAY IN HONG KONG, 8 MAY 2012
Tue 08-May-2012 4:00 PM To 5:30 PM

eudayThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to the EU Business Information Programme, is delighted to organize a conference: “Back to Business -Together” on the 8th of May 2012 to celebrate the Europe Day with the European and local community in Hong Kong.

By Invitation Only

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CONFERENCE: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, MAXIMISING STAKEHOLDER VALUE
Wed 11-Apr-2012 9:15 AM To 12:45 PM

csrAs part of its engagement in support of economic, social and cultural rights, the European Union wishes to share experiences in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Hong Kong. A conference will be held on 11 April, bringing together a cross section of European and Hong Kong businesses and stakeholders including policy makers, business associations, civil society organisations and academia. Members of the Brussels based European Economic and Social Committee will also participate as they will be in Hong Kong and are active advocates of CSR.

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MACAO INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT COOPERATION FORUM AND EXHIBITION (2012 MIECF)
From Thu 29-Mar-2012 10:00 AM To Sat 31-Mar-2012 6:00 PM

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Macao International Environment Cooperation Forum and Exhibition (2012 MIECF)

“Green Economy – New Engine for Growth”

Convention and Exhibition Centre at The Venetian, Macao, 29-31 March 2012

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is once again delighted to host a European Pavilion, thanks to EUBIP, at the 2012 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (2012MIECF), which will take place on 29-31 March at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macao.

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BREAKFAST DISCUSSION WITH DR. CONSTANTINE A. PAPADOPOULOS ON “SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS IN GREECE AND EUROPE”
Wed 28-Mar-2012 8:00 AM To 9:30 AM

PapadopoulosconstantinosThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, through its European Union Business Information Programme, will host a breakfast discussion on the occasion of the visit of Dr. Constantine A. Papadopoulos, Secretary-General, International Economic Relations and Development Cooperation, Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affair, Greece on the 28th of March 2012.

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WORKSHOP DAY AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN HONG KONG
Mon 26-Mar-2012 8:30 AM To 2:05 PM

mediation-arbitration-agreement-settlement-bindingThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong through its European Union Business Information Programme and the Chinese European Arbitration Centre, the Hamburg based dispute resolution organization focusing on Sino-Western disputes, will jointly organize a “WORKSHOP DAY AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN HONG KONG” on the 26th of March 2012.

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BREAKFAST BRIEFING – “THE NEW EURO LANDSCAPE POST GREEK DEBT CRISIS”
Thu 15-Mar-2012 8:00 AM To 9:30 AM
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By Invitation Only

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to its European Union Business Information Programme, The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong will jointly host a breakfast briefing on the occasion of the visit of Mr Padhraic Garvey, Global Head of Developed Markets Debt and Rates Strategy with ING Financial Markets.

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SEMINAR ON “THE RIGHT WAY TO INVEST IN EUROPE”
Wed 29-Feb-2012 9:30 AM To 12:30 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong through its European Union Business Information Programme and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council will jointly organise a seminar on “The Right Way to Invest in Europe” on 29 February 2012, to discuss the investment climate in Europe after the Eurozone crisis.

marjut_hannonenMs Marjut Hannonen, member of the Cabinet of EU Commissioner for Trade, will introduce the audience a general overview of the European Union investment policy and investment environment; also, experts from finance, legal, and accounting industries will share how Hong Kong professional services provider can help Hong Kong and mainland enterprises make sensible investment decisions in Europe.

With the support of mainland central government, enterprises on the Chinese mainland have become more active in seeking overseas investment opportunities. While 65% of mainland’s outbound investment destined to Hong Kong or channeled through the city, Hong Kong plays a pivotal role in helping mainland companies “go out” to the world with its wide spectrum of world class professional services.

You are kindly invited to register online: http://info.hktdc.com/dm/cp987414/index_en.html

Contact person: Ms. Pandora Sze, tel: 25115133, pandora.sze@eurocham.com.hk

We look forward to seeing you there.

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BREAKFAST DISCUSSION WITH EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT – 22 FEB 2012
Wed 22-Feb-2012 8:00 AM To 9:30 AM

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BREAKFAST DISCUSSION

“The Economic Situation in Europe: Views from the European Parliament”

Wednesday, 22nd February, 2012, 08:00 – 09:30

Club Lusitano, 27th Floor, 16 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong

Members ONLY – Limited seats!

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to EUBIP, is delighted to host a breakfast discussion on the occasion of the visit of the Delegation from the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee from the European Parliament. Please join us on an interactive session with our distinguished guests:

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EU TRADE COMMISSIONER TALK – 16 FEB 2012
Thu 16-Feb-2012 12:45 PM To 2:00 PM

karel de guchtEurope and Asia: Where Next on Trade Policy?

Speaker: Karel De Gucht

European Union Commissioner for Trade

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012

 

 

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong

1/F, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong

12:45pm – Lunch

1:15pm – Address

Fee: HK$150 (ECC members)

An atmosphere of anxiety looms over the world economy. Developed countries fear competition from emerging economies. Europe’s budgetary situation spreads uncertainty across the world. Stuttering growth and high levels of unemployment fan the risk of protectionism.

The implications for policy makers both in Asia and in Europe are far-reaching. And yet, the stakeholders can only begin to tackle the current economic and political challenges if they maintain an open trade regime and strengthen their economic relationship. Mr. De Gucht will share his views on the above and more at the lunch.

Karel De Gucht joined the European Commission in 2009, taking on the Development and Humanitarian Aid portfolio, before moving to his current position in February 2010. Prior to joining the commission of the European Union, he was Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium.

For registration, please contact pandora.sze@eurocham.com.hk or call +852-25115133. RSVP with your Full Name, Company Name and Job Title before 14 February 2012.

This event is supported by ECC and EUBIP

 

IMPORTANT

*      Confirmation will be sent to you once your booking is accepted. If you do not receive a confirmation within two working days, please contact Ms. Pandora Sze.

*      Please advise if any vegetarian meal is required

*      No cancellations will be accepted after Noon on Tuesday, 14 February.

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“INVESTING IN EUROPE; LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON EU RULES COVERING INVESTMENT FUNDS”, EU WORKSHOP – ASIAN FINANCIAL FORUM 2012
Tue 17-Jan-2012 9:45 AM To 10:45 AM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to participate in the Asian Financial Forum (AFF) 2012 that will take place on 16 and 17 January in Hong Kong, thanks to EUBIP funding.

Our workshop will take place on Tuesday 17 January, 9.45am-10.45am. For this occasion, we are delighted to invite Mr Tilman Lueder, Head of Unit, Asset Management, Directorate General for Internal Market and Services, European Commission presenting the latest developments on EU rules covering investment funds.

This workshop will focus on preparations currently undertaken in the EU with an aim to ensure the smooth implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Manager’s Directive (AIFMD). An overview on the implementation measures currently being drafted, their scope and purpose will be provided as well as third country implications will also be assessed. Apart from the AIFMD, the workshop will discuss the new EU rules on venture capital and ongoing projects in relation to the UCITS rules.

Enclosed with the invite and Workshop details for your perusal.

For registration please contact Pandora Sze at pandora.sze@eurocham.com.hk or call +852-2511 5133

RSVP with your full name, company and job title before 16 January 2012

First come first serve. Please consider your booking confirmed unless notified otherwise.

 This event is funded by the European Union

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BREAKFAST SEMINAR ON INNOVATION THROUGH INFORMATION
Wed 30-Nov-2011 8:30 AM To 11:30 AM

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INNOVATION THROUGH INFORMATION

“Creating innovative Apps and Services using open government data 

and learning from the European digital community”

Wednesday 30 November 2011, 8h30-11h30

Venue:  Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Conference room

22F United Centre, 95 Queensway, Central

Admission fee: HK$250 members of European Chambers/ HK$280 non-members 

Public, accessible and accurate information can create new products and businesses. The overall market size for Public Sector information (PSI) in the EU was estimated at 47 billion Euro in a recent study. Opening up and re-using of public sector information means using it in new ways by adding value to it, combining information from different sources, making mash-ups and new applications, both for commercial and non-commercial purposes. Public sector information has great economic potential: PSI re-use generates new businesses and jobs and provides consumers with more choice and more value for money.

The most promising areas for service innovation through PSI are:

–          Geographical and geospatial information

–          Meteorological information

–          Legal information

–          Environmental information

Examples include real time traffic information and bus timetables together with maps downloaded to smart phones. Public sector information has great economic potential: it generates new businesses and jobs and provides consumers with more choice and more value for money.

Join us for an interactive seminar to learn about European PSI practices, and how these could be applied in Hong Kong.

Agenda

8:00-8:30 Registration and breakfast

8:30-8:45 Welcome note by the European Chamber of Commerce

8:45-9:00     Data.one – Hong Kong’s Public Sector Information pilot scheme

Waltraut Ritter, Councillor, Hong Kong Foresight Centre

9:00-9:30 Service Innovation through PSI in Europe

The ePSIplatform.eu is dedicated to building networks, and facilitating knowledge exchange about PSI re-use. The platform is the EU’s prime source for news on both subjects. It also serves as knowledge exchange for business, government and developers on PSI practices and developments. Tom will also talk about current trends in the EU re-use market by showing a number of interesting examples of PSI re-use.

Tom Kronenburg, Consultant with Research and Consultancy firm Zenc, The Hague

9:30-10:00 Open Data Vienna

The City of Vienna has committed itself to the concept of Open Data – an open and transparent system that makes city data available to citizens for their further use. The city administration has thus decided to its open data records to the population, businesses and the scientific community. Relevant data range from statistics and geographic data or traffic and transport to economic figures 

Thomas Joechler, Head of project development, Vienna online 

10:00-10:30 Networking break 

10:30-11:30 PSI – a business opportunity for information entrepreneurs in HK 

Small, facilitated groups on different PSI topics:

Rapid prototyping of Apps for Hong Kong: Creating ideas based on public information in different fields:

Real-time traffic information, Cultural information, Geo-referenced information,          Environmental information

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Registration: If you would like to join this seminar, please email your name and contact details to info@hkforesight.org or call  +852-2806 0281.

The amount can be paid by cheque or cash.

THIS EVENT IS PARTLY FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION

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CONFERENCE LUNCHEON WITH THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT, 24 NOVEMBER, MACAU
Thu 24-Nov-2011 12:00 PM To 2:00 PM

EIU logo”EUROPE: OPPORTUNITY IN ADVERSITY”

 With Ben Jones,

Analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong was delighted to host a luncheon conference together with the Economist Intelligence Unit thanks to EUBIP funding; the event took place in Hong Kong on 23 November and Macau on 24 November and featured Ben Jones, analyst of the EIU in London as the guest speaker.

The presentation of Ben Jones focused on the crisis in the Eurozone and the possible scenarios on the mid and long term. According to the speaker, the real essence of the current crisis lies in politics and loss of confidence rather than on macro-economic grounds. Whereas the situation in some peripheral countries such as Greece is indeed alarming in terms of public debt and deficit, the EU as a whole is in a situation similar to the US or Japan when aggregating the national data of the various member states, and a sustainable recovery is hence realistic and achievable.

The major challenge faced by the Eurozone members is the need of promoting growth and restore competitiveness, while consolidating the public finances internally. Austerity measures inevitably translate into a break for growth and creation of employment, but are on the other hand necessary for ultimately reaching a healthy budget and a sustainable debt.

In his view, the European Monetary Union is an incomplete system, as “a union where countries issue debt in a currency they don’t control is potentially unstable”. Also, the raise of interest rate of the European Central Bank in a moment when economic growth is most urged can be counterproductive and should be cautiously evaluated.

However, and in spite of the negative speculation surrounding the Eurozone at the moment, a disintegration of the union is extremely unlikely and instead the current deficiencies can be a catalyst for a stronger union heading towards a single market.

For more information, please download the attached presentation.

For more information about the EIU, please click here.

 

This event was funded by the European Union

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CONFERENCE LUNCHEON WITH THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT, 23 NOVEMBER
Wed 23-Nov-2011 12:00 PM To 2:00 PM

EIU logo”EUROPE: OPPORTUNITY IN ADVERSITY”

 With Ben Jones,

Analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong was delighted to host a luncheon conference together with the Economist Intelligence Unit thanks to EUBIP funding; the event took place in Hong Kong on 23 November and Macau on 24 November and featured Ben Jones, analyst of the EIU in London as the guest speaker.

The presentation of Ben Jones focused on the crisis in the Eurozone and the possible scenarios on the mid and long term. According to the speaker, the real essence of the current crisis lies in politics and loss of confidence rather than on macro-economic grounds. Whereas the situation in some peripheral countries such as Greece is indeed alarming in terms of public debt and deficit, the EU as a whole is in a situation similar to the US or Japan when aggregating the national data of the various member states, and a sustainable recovery is hence realistic and achievable.

The major challenge faced by the Eurozone members is the need of promoting growth and restore competitiveness, while consolidating the public finances internally. Austerity measures inevitably translate into a break for growth and creation of employment, but are on the other hand necessary for ultimately reaching a healthy budget and a sustainable debt.

In his view, the European Monetary Union is an incomplete system, as “a union where countries issue debt in a currency they don’t control is potentially unstable”. Also, the raise of interest rate of the European Central Bank in a moment when economic growth is most urged can be counterproductive and should be cautiously evaluated.

However, and in spite of the negative speculation surrounding the Eurozone at the moment, a disintegration of the union is extremely unlikely and instead the current deficiencies can be a catalyst for a stronger union heading towards a single market.

For more information, please download the attached presentation.

For more information about the EIU, please click here.

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BUSINESS IN CHINA THROUGH MACAU: ”CEPA AS A STRATEGIC BUSINESS TOOL FOR EUROPEAN COMPANIES”
From Thu 17-Nov-2011 5:00 PM To Thu 29-Sep-2011 7:00 PM

CEPABusiness in China through Macau:

“CEPA as a Strategic Business Tool for European Companies”

Seminar & Networking Cocktail 

With Speakers

 

  •    Mr. Jackson Cheung, President, IPIM
  •    Ms. Cristina Morais, Economic Services, Government of Macau, SAR
  •    Mr. Carlos Simoes, DSL Lawyer

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong thanks to EUBIP funding was delighted to co-host its annual CEPA seminar with IPIM and IEEM. The event was also supported by the France-Macau Business Association, the British Business Association of Macau and the Portuguese-Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Macau.

The event was inaugurated by Mr. Jackson Chang, President of IPIM, who emphasized the importance of the agreement in the trade and investment between Macau and Mainland China.

Ms. Cristina Morais, Head of External Economic Relations Department, Economic Services of Macau SAR provided the audience with a comprehensive presentation of CEPA (Mainland and Macau Mainland and Macau Closer Economic Partnership Agreement), focusing on its evolution year after year since its establishment in 2003. CEPA is a dynamic legal tool that adapts its scope to the real needs of business, and each new supplement added to the original agreement is a new step towards the liberalization in the trade of goods and services with the mainland (7 supplements have been added since 2003). Whereas CEPA is well advanced and consolidated in the field of manufacturing, where 1,773 certificates have been successfully granted to the date, progress is being done on the services side, which registers a significant lower figure (415 certificates up to now). Freight forwarding is the leading category within services, with over 90 certificates, but there is a growing demand in other sectors such as conventions and conferences, testing and certifications and others.

Mr. Carlos D. Simões, partner at DSL Lawyers provided the guests with valuable insights on how to combine CEPA with the corporate strategy. In the case of Macau Manufacturers (MMs) for instance, besides the legal requirements to comply with, the company needs to implement a solid business strategy that can be sustainable on the long term, such as the continuity of operations, the effective transmission of know-how to the China partner and the consolidation of a distribution network amongst others.

Mr. Stefan Amarasinha, Head of Trade and Economic Section of the EU Delegation to Hong Kong and Macau emphasized the role of CEPA in the field of market access to the Mainland for European companies, especially SMEs which might consider Macau as a more effective hub for their business development in China.

Indeed, all speakers agreed that CEPA, together with the SAR’s advantageous tax regime as well as the strong business and cultural links with the mainland is one more factor to be considered and evaluated by companies willing to enter the Chinese market.

For more information about CEPA Macau please visit: http://www.cepa.gov.mo/cepaweb/front/eng/index_en.htm

Please read Macau Daily’s coverage of the event:

http://www.macaudailytimes.com.mo/macau/31564-Service-companies-struggling-with-CEPA.html

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MORNING SEMINAR WITH CIVIC EXCHANGE, 12 NOVEMBER
Sat 12-Nov-2011 9:30 AM To 12:30 PM

marine emissionsA PAN-PRD DIALOGUE ON MARINE EMISSIONS

with the European Maritime Safety Agency

FREE OF CHARGE

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to EUBIP is delighted to act as a supporting organization in this seminar hosted by CIVIC Exchange.

In the Hong Kong-Pearl River Detla (HK-PRD) region, emissions from ships and port activity have a disproportionate effect on public health as they are highly toxic, and occur immediately adjacent to population centres, despite being a smaller proportion of regional air pollution than other sources. Addressing emissions from vessels in a coordinated way across the HK-PRD region is essential to effectively addressing this challenge. The shipping sector complies to higher standards and tighter standards elsewhere, and understands that the global trend is to clean up.

18 leading shipping lines are calling for regulation in HK-PRD through The Fair Winds Charter, a voluntary agreement to use cleaner fuel while at berth in Hong Kong. At the same time, Guangdong and Hong Kong governments have released several policy documents over the last three years indicating that reducing vessel emissions – from local craft as well as ocean-going vessels – deserves attention.

Funded by the Hong Kong SAR Government’s Environment Conservation Fund, this forum brings together scientists, government officials, business leaders and academics from around the world to discuss reducing vessel emissions in the HK-PRD region and around the world. What is the public health impact that emissions from these sources have? What’s being done in HK-PRD to address this challenge? What is international best practice? What would regulation look like across the PRD?

Amongst the different speakers, Pia Berglund, Project Officer at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) will join the panel debate and share the EU experienced in marine emissions regulation. She is currently working as Project Manager for Legal Aspects of Maritime Safety, Environmental Protection, Marine Environment, Training and Statistics at the EMSA in Lisbon. At EMSA, she works with questions relating to air pollution in general, but focusing specifically on sulphur related issues. Ms Berglund is seconded by the Government of Sweden, where she is employed at the Swedish Transport Agency and holds the post as Head of the International Liaison Unit at the Maritime Department. She has been active in negotiations for Sweden within the EU and IMO for more than 10 years. She holds a Master in Law.

For more information please visit: http://www.civic-exchange.org/wp/category/events/

To register, please enter the following link: http://www.civic-exchange.org/wp/111112gh3

 THIS EVENT WAS PARTLY FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION

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CONFERENCE: “LISTING OF EUROPEAN COMPANIES IN HONG KONG”
Thu 03-Nov-2011 2:00 PM To 6:30 PM

HKEx logo“Listing of European Companies in Hong Kong”

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong in conjunction with EUBIP and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges and Clearing Limited was delighted to host a conference on the listing of European companies in Hong Kong. Following the flagship cases of the listings of PRADA and L’Occitane in Hong Kong, an ever-growing number of large European MNCs are looking at a potential listing in Hong Kong for their expansion and business development in Greater China and Asia.

HKEx’s unparalleled liquidity, diversified investor base and increasing capital from Mainland China are consolidating Hong Kong’s leading position as Asia’s Premier Financial Center.

In this comprehensive conference, our experts elaborated on the rationale for a Hong Kong listing. The audience obtained a full assessment on the type of corporations that could benefit from being listed in Hong Kong and a full overview of the challenges those corporations will encounter throughout the process.

Speakers and Distinguished Guests:

Charles Li- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited 

Eric Landheer – Senior VP & Head of Issuer Marketing of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

Philippe Espinasse – author of “IPO: A Global Guide” and consultant

Esther Chan – Managing Director of Strategic Public Relations Group

Peter Burnett – Chairman of UBS Asia Global Capital Markets

Mervyn Chow – MD & Asia Pacific Co-Head of the Global Markets Solutions Group of Credit Suisse

Alan Glen – Partner of Deloitte China National Public Offerings Group

Teresa Ko – China Chairman of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Maria Castillo –Head of the Office of the European Union to Hong Kong and Macau

Enclosed please find the presentation for our references.

THIS EVENT WAS PARTLY FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION

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LUNCHEON CONFERENCE WITH GUY VERHOFSTADT-FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF BELGIUM
Thu 03-Nov-2011 12:00 PM To 2:00 PM

Verhofstadt LUNCHEON CONFERENCE

“How to break the European Deadlock”

With Guy Verhofstadt

Former Prime Minister of Belgium 

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong was delighted to welcome Mr. Verhofstadt as guest speaker in a luncheon conference on 3 November at The Hong Kong Bankers Club.

Peter Cremers, Chairman of the ECC delivered the welcome remarks and introduced the guest of honor, Mr. Verhofstadt, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) at the European Parliament (EP) for the mandate 2009-2014.

As the leader of the liberal fraction of the EP, Mr. Verhofstadt’s views on the EU are extremely progressive and daring and he openly advocated for a federal union closer to the US model of fiscal and economic union that goes beyond the union prescribed by the Treaty of Maastricht a decade ago: “The establishment of a federal fiscal and economic union that can manage the euro and its member states in an effective and democratic way. Anything short of a real integration of economic and fiscal process will be in danger of failing.”

Mr. Verhofstadt eloquently stated that there is an urgent need for a real and sound unity in the EU in order to make the pan-European project succeed. Although recent measures adopted by the EU do move towards this direction (recapitalization of banks, creation of new EU financial bodies, etc), the targets set in the recent EU Summit (October 2011) are insufficient, and a fiscal union is, in his view, a pre-requisite for long term financial stability in the euro zone.

Mr. Verhofstadt ended his speech with a call for democracy and for real political leadership: Europe is missing leaders with visions, with genuine ideas, and it is necessary for policy-makers to present a political project based on their own beliefs as it is their duty to persuade the citizens to follow their guidance.

Please find attached the script of Mr. Verhofstadt presentation.

Diplomatic Aspects: click here

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ECO ASIA CONFERENCE 2011-WASTE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
From Wed 26-Oct-2011 9:00 AM To Sat 29-Oct-2011 5:00 PM

eco asia expo 2011The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong thanks to EUBIP was delighted to act once again as a sponsoring organization in the Eco Asia Conference that took place on 26-29 October 2011 in Hong Kong.

EUBIP’s first guest speaker was Jonas Törnblom, Marketing Director at ENVAC, world leader in underground waste transportation, with activities in 30 countries. Mr. Törnblom delivered a presentation on the topic of “Integrated Waste Management” and shared with the audience the company’s strategy of creating value by removing waste. The speaker focused on the importance of waste as part of the urban development, infrastructure planning and the energy system.

A large part of EU27 waste is still wasted by putting it on landfills (40% in 2006 according to EUROSTAT); however, Mr. Törnblom emphasized that waste is a valuable resource which should be utilised. He put the focus on the importance of waste separation as well, providing the audience with recommendations in its execution:

  • Should be done at the source ie. in the household to obtain clean fractions.
  • Should be based on the local collection schemes and treatment options
  • Hazardous waste should be collected separate and treated (incinerated)
  • Colored plastic bags could be used (one color for each fraction) both for pedagogic purpose and for automatic optical sorting. 

EUBIP’s second guest speaker, Hermann Koller, Managing Director of ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) elaborated on the topic of waste management and the impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Up to 20% of the EU-CO2-emission-reduction-target can be reached through proper and comprehensive waste management measures. According to Mr. Koller, the waste sector offers a portfolio of proven, practical and cost-effective technologies which can contribute to greenhouse gas mitigation. When adapted and deployed according to local conditions and needs, they can help secure greenhouse emissions savings.

About ENVAC: http://www.envacgroup.com/web/Start.aspx

About ISWA: http://www.iswa.org/

Media publications:

http://www.ecoexpoasia.com/dm/2011/exhibitor_newsletter/4th/index.html

http://www.hrs-group.net/news/en/2011/08/08/support-from-eu-chamber.aspx

http://www.environmental-expert.com/news/support-from-eu-chamber-251066/view-comments

THIS EVENT WAS PARTLY FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION

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CONFERENCE WITH CIVIC EXCHANGE
Wed 26-Oct-2011 8:00 AM To 10:00 AM

sustainability“Blissful Living” In the PRD: 

What has Europe got to offer?

FREE OF CHARGE (limited seats!)

The Governments of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau have jointly released a consultation document on transforming the Greater Pearl River Delta into a “quality living area”. The vision is for “blissful living”, characterized by a safe and healthy environment, sustainable transport systems, a low-carbon circular economy, orderly planning, and responsive public services. The consultation document builds on a number of previous initiatives both at Central Government and regional levels.

The European Chamber of Commerce and Civic Exchange are organizing a breakfast forum on the role of the European business community in realizing a quality living area. How can stronger environmental planning and policy in the PRD create value for European businesses?

The three governments have invited submissions on the consultation which are due on 30 November 2011 (for more information on this process, visit: www.gprd-qla.com/en/)

Speakers:

Andrew Lawson, CIVIC Exchange

Veronica Booth, CIVIC Exchange

Jonas Törnblom, Director Corporate Marketing & Information, Envac

Chris Bongars, CEO & Founder, SustainAsia

Courtney Davies, Director of Development Asia Pacific, Sunmark

 Please register at www.civic-exchange.org/wp/111026

“THE FOCAL POINT, part of WEC”

  THIS EVENT WAS PARTLY FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION

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SEMINAR ON CULTURE & CREATIVE INDUSTRIES COOPERATION
Fri 21-Oct-2011 2:30 PM To 4:30 PM

creative industriesSeminar on EU-Macau Business Opportunities

“Cultural & Creative Industries Cooperation- Inspire, Innovate, Motivate”

21 October

Free of Charge

The European Chamber of Commerce in Macau, thanks to EUBIP, Macau Trade & Investment Promotion Institute and the Institute of European Studies of Macau are delighted to co-host a seminar on Creative Industries with the focus on business opportunities in Macau and China for European companies.

The seminar will bring together European and local talent and will showcase success stories of European companies in this region, in related fields such as marketing, branding, architecture and design. The speakers will share with the audience the challenges they face in their respective industries in this region and will also unveil the various opportunities China unveils for the creative industries suppliers.

The event will give an overview of the sector of culture and creative industries in the EU and will disclose the untapped potential of a booming industry that represents 2.6% of the EU GDP and employs over 5 million across the 27 Member States.

The event will culminate with a panel discussion featuring different European and Macau experts in creative industries and will address issues such as the sustainable development of creative industries, how to promote Macau as a creativity hub, how to increase the competitiveness in the industry and how to make funding more accessible to young creators and SMEs.

No registration. Sign up and get your free entry pass at the MIF Information Centre, near the Entrance of Hall A of the Convention and Exhibition Centre at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel on 21st October.

For enquiry, please contact pandora.sze@eurocham.com.hk or call +852-25115133.

For more informaiton about the MIF 2011, please visit http://www.mif.com.mo/

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16TH MACAO INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT FAIR (MIF 2011)
From Thu 20-Oct-2011 To Sun 23-Oct-2011

MIF 2011 logoMACAU TRADE & INVESTMENT INTERNATIONAL FAIR-MIF 2011

F&B: a sector of opportunity for European products

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong was delighted to host once again the European Pavilion at MIF, thanks to EUBIP. The opening ceremony, on 20 October was officiated by the guests of honour Mr. Jackson Chang, President of IPIM and Ms. Maria Castillo, Head of the EU Delegation to Hong Kong and Macau and was attended by a large number of European diplomatic representatives, such as Consuls Generals, as well as various Trade Commissioners. This year, the European Pavilion gathered a total of 23 exhibitors, both corporate and institutional, and received the visit of Macau SAR Chief Executive, Fernando Chui.

In parallel to the fair, EUBIP co-hosted a Food & Beverage (F&B) networking cocktail and a business matching session with the Macau Union Suppliers Association. The event featured a series of European F&B suppliers and distributors that showcased their various products through a live tasting. On the Macanese side, F&B representatives of local casinos and hotels attended the event and participated in the B2B sessions with the exhibitors organized by IPIM. The exhibitors expressed their positive views on the potential of the Macanese market for THE F&B industry, not only on the procurement side for Casinos and Hotels, but also as a strategic platform for entering the Mainland China market. More and more, European F&B companies, notably Portuguese wine producers make use of Macau as a first step into the Pearl River Delta region which is then explored in a second phase of their business development. With a total of 1,648 restaurants and similar establishments in 2010 (source: Statistics and Service Census of Macau), and an increase of 33% compared to the previous year, the potential of the F&B market in the SAR is huge for European products, very well accepted by the local consumers and international visitors.

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BREAKFAST SEMINAR
Fri 21-Oct-2011 8:15 AM To 9:30 AM

 

EU competition lawBreakfast Seminar

“EU Competition and Trade Update (FTAs)”

With White & Case

21 October

Free of Charge- limited seats!

 The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to invite you to a seminar hosted by the Law firm White & Case on EU competition and trade issues.

Our experts will present an overview of the recent competition/ antitrust case law and noteworthy investigations in the EU as well as an analysis of the trends in EU competition enforcement and penalties.

On the international trade side, the speakers will elaborate on the current status of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) negotiated by the EU with a focus on the South East Asian Region. Also on the trade agreements field, this seminar will offer a comprehensive listing of major EU trade and customs developments affecting Asian companies such as the Modernised Customs Code, Generalised System of Preferences, mandatory “Made in” marking, Information Technology Agreement and others.

Please RSVP to Mr. Quinton Tse at qtse@whitecase.com with your contact details (attendee name, company, title and email address) by Monday, October 17. Please mark RSVP subject line as “Register for White & Case Breakfast Seminar on October 21 (EuroCham Member)”.

For more information about White & Case please visit www.whitecase.com

Speaker

Jacquelyn MacLennan, Executive Partner, White & Case, Brussels office
Sara Nordin, Associate, White & Case, Hong Kong office

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BREAKFAST SEMINAR: THE FUTURE OF THE EURO WITH ASIANOMICS AND STANDARD CHARTERED BANK
Thu 13-Oct-2011 8:00 AM To 9:15 AM

euroThe eurozone remains the centre of global attention and rightly so. The peripheral countries in the region are under massive depressionary pressure and none of the solutions offered are addressing the most fundamental problem they face: how to grow with a fundamentally overvalued currency when government, business and consumers are debt constrained.

What will the outcome of the eurozone mess be? Muddle through or break up of the euro as we know it?
Dr Jim Walker, Managing Director of Asianomics Limited, and Nicholas Kwan, Head of Research, East, at Standard Charted Bank, will provide their analysis on the future of the euro – or whether it even has one – at this timely BritCham breakfast briefing.
 

Jim Walker is the founder and managing director of Asianomics Limited, an economic research and consultancy company servicing principally the fund management industry.

Nicholas Kwan is Head of Research, East, at Standard Chartered Bank. He is responsible for a team of 14 economists and research professionals covering East Asia’s macro economic development

For more information please visit: https://www.britcham.com/event/future-euro

 

 

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REAKFAST SEMINAR “ON THE BRINK: EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, EXCEPTIONAL POLICIES” WITH MR. PATRICK ARTUS
Thu 29-Sep-2011 8:30 AM To 10:00 AM

FrenchChamWith the support of European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, 

The French Chamber and its Banking & Finance Committee are most proud to invite you to:

On the Brink: Exceptional Circumstances, Exceptional Policies

Topic: 

With the deterioration seen in the US and European budget situation and economies, the two largest economic zones are navigating in unchartered territories and striving to find the most appropriate economic policy to address the pressing issues.

In the same time, Asian economies are losing steam on the combined effect of the global economic slowdown and much tighter economic policies at home.

This combination of factors is creating the most challenging economic and financial conditions in decades and triggers questions such as: would the US default? Should some countries leave the euro? Is the EMU heading for its demise? Will Asian economies be participating to the slowdown more than in 2008-2009?

Speaker:

Patrick ARTUS is the Chief Economist of NATIXISa member of the council of economic advisors to the French Prime Minister, and has been awarded the title of “Best Economist of the year”. He is also a member of the Board at Total and Ipsos.

He began his career in 1975 where his work included economic forecasting and modelisation. He then worked at the Economics Department of the OECD, and then became Head of Research at the ENSAE. Thereafter, he taught seminar on research at Paris Dauphine. He was Professor at a number of Universities (Dauphine, ENSAE, Centre des Hautes Etudes de l’Armement, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, HEC Lausanne…), and is now Professor of Economics at Ecole Polytechnique and at University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He combines these responsibilities with his research work.

Patrick Artus is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, of Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique and of Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

For registation, please visit French Chamber website.

For enquiries, please contact Vicky Chan at 2294 7721.

 

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OVERVIEW & FORECAST ON THE EUROPEAN REAL ESTATE MARKET ROUNDTABLE LUNCHEON
Wed 28-Sep-2011 12:30 PM To 2:00 PM

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Capital markets around the world remain volatile as investors come to terms with continuing uncertainty over the global economic outlook. Central to these concerns are the weak economies of Europe and the United States, and the sovereign debt crisis which continues to plague the Eurozone. In this presentation, Dr Nick Axford of CB Richard Ellis will identify how these issues are directly affecting occupier and investor activity in the European real estate market. He will also give some views on how the market might evolve in the future.

Prior to relocating to Hong Kong a year ago to head the company’s research function in Asia Pacific, Nick spent twelve years as CB Richard Ellis’s Head of European Research and is thus well placed to comment on recent events in Europe and their potential implications for real estate investors around the world.

Whether you are already in the European market, or you are planning to step in, please come join us and let the experts show you the holistic views on strategic planning for developing your business in Europe. Seats are limited; please register by 23 September 2011 to secure your place.

For register, please find the enclosed registration form.

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5TH DELTA INTER CHAMBER MACAU
Fri 09-Sep-2011 3:00 PM To 9:00 PM

flyer“Renewable Energy in the Pearl River Delta”

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to support the 5th DELTA INTER CHAMBER event that will take place in Macau on Friday 9that the MACAU TOWER.

Organized by the PRD region publication Delta Bridges and the prestigious local business publication Macau Business, the event will gather members from various Chambers of Commerce from Macau, Hong Kong and Guangdong. This exclusive business event will include a conference panel focused on an environmental topic, followed by a networking cocktail reception.

Participating Chambers of Commerce include: Amcham, BBAM, FMBA, Austcham, CanCham, the Luso Chinesa Chamber of Commerce of Macau, the German Chamber of Commerce in South China, the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, The New Zealand Chamber of commerce in Hong Kong and the Zhuhai Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be covered by 11 Medias from across the Pearl River Delta: Macau Business, Macau Daily Times, TDM, Zhuhai TV, U Life magazine, Ease magazine, Life of Guangzhou, Shenzhen Standard, Shenzhen Party, News GD and Delta Bridges.

Entitled “Renewable Energy in the Pearl River Delta”, the conference will include speakers from local governments as well as from the business community. More information on the speakers will be available shortly.

The cocktail reception will take place at the “180 lounge” and will include wine and canapes.

Program

15:00 – Pre Conference meet & greet

15:30 – Conference opening address

15:45 – First Session – Renewable Energy in the PRD

16:45 – Coffee break

17:15 – Second Session – The Role of Renewable Energy in the sustainable development of the community

18:00 – Conference closing address

18:15 – Conference ends

18:30 – Cocktail Registration opens

21:00 – Cocktail ends

Entrance is free of charge but limited to Chambers’ members. So if you or your company belongs to one of the participating Chambers of Commerce and you wish to attend, please fill in the RSVP form on the event website: http://www.deltainterchamber.com

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BREAKFAST WORKSHOP ON TRANSFER PRICING WITH KPMG AND NERA CONSULTING
Wed 28-Sep-2011 8:00 AM To 10:30 AM

transfer pricingThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong thanks to EUBIP was delighted to host a breakfast workshop on the topic of Transfer Pricing with the support of KPMG and NERA Consulting.

Pricing Transfer is simply the act of pricing of goods, services or intangibles when the same is given for use or consumption to a related party (e.g. subsidiary). Transfer Pricing is hence a business reality affecting most European companies in Hong Kong and Mainland China, and vice-versa, as enterprises with business units in more than one country are exposed to such issue when dealing with their global taxation strategy.

From the moment a certain profit is generated in any of such units, the first question from a transfer pricing angle will be WHERE and HOW to allocate such profit. Besides the impact this has for the businesses at a micro-level, this topic has also implications for the tax authorities, which pay more and more attention to transfer pricing as a source of income and as a potential source of transfer pricing manipulation and illegal practices. In the case of Mainland China, the local tax authorities have been showing in recent years a very strict positioning in Transfer Pricing and they rank nowadays amongst the top 3 toughest tax authority world-wide in this area. Although Hong Kong Tax Authorities show a more lax attitude in Transfer Pricing, the topic is drawing a larger attention from the general public and Governments, and the ongoing signature of Double Taxation Treaties between Hong Kong and EU Member States is a faithful proof of the importance of bilateral/ multilateral agreements in the taxation field.

So what are the principles and rules to establish a “fair” Transfer Pricing system? Although there is not an international legislation valid world-wide, the main guideline commonly accepted by all jurisdictions is the “arm’s length principle”, according to which, the transfer price should be calculated based on the independent market price in a similar transaction between external third parties under similar economic circumstances. Such principle is the corner stone of OECD legislation in Transfer Pricing, generally accepted by all jurisdictions (including the EU, China and Hong Kong), provided it does not contradict the national legislation.

Nonetheless, Transfer Pricing remains an extremely complex tool as its methodology, interpretation and execution may vary substantially from country to country and therefore, professional preparation, corporate due diligences and strong compliance are crucial to avoid eventual sanctions and penalties. Anticipating a potential tax audit and getting ready for a transfer pricing scrutiny have become a MUST in the daily operations of multinational enterprises.

On the side of Intellectual Property, Transfer Pricing has as well a strong repercussion and has opened the floor for a vivid discussion on the economic impact (notably in Greater China) of well-established brands in new markets (notably China) in terms of revenue, the quantification of such brand value, the potential generation of royalties, and hence tax revenue abroad.

At the EU level, Transfer Pricing is object of major concern for tax authorities who worry that multi-national entities may set transfer prices on cross-border transactions to reduce taxable profits in their jurisdiction. This has led to the rise of transfer pricing regulations and enforcement, making transfer pricing a major tax compliance issue.

Please find the enclosed presentations of NERA Consulting and KPMG.

For more information about the OECD regulation in Transfer Pricing please visit here.

Please click here for viewing event photos.

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BREAKFAST DISCUSSION: “THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MEETS HONG KONG AND ITS BUSINESS COMMUNITY”
Mon 05-Sep-2011 8:00 AM To 10:00 AM

The European Parliament meets 

Hong Kong & its Business Community

5 September 2011

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, under a EUBIP initiative is delighted to welcome a Delegation of Members of the European Parliament during their official visit to Greater China. This Delegation, led by the Chairman, Mr. Crescenzio Rivellini (PPE, Italy) is in charge of the Relations with the People’s Republic of China and will be visiting Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong in September 2011.

Mr. Peter Cremers, Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce will welcome the Delegation, who will meet with various European Chambers Directors and senior business executives of Hong Kong in a breakfast discussion on September the 5th. The EU Delegation to Hong Kong and Macau will also support this event with the presence of Ms. Maria Castillo, Head of office.

The event will feature a presentation by Mr. Simon Galpin, Director-General of Invest Hong Kong on the topic of Hong Kong as a global business center; Mr. Philippe Espinasse, Founder and CEO of P&C Ventures Ltd will provide an overview of the Hong Kong stock exchange and its increasing appeal to European companies. Finally, Mr. Rivellini, Chairman of the Delegation will share with the guests an overview of the functions of the European Parliament and its role in international trade matters after the Treaty of Lisbon.

About the European Parliament:

The European Parliament is the only directly-elected body of the European Union. The 736 Members of the European Parliament are there to represent the citizen. They are elected once every five years by voters right across the 27 Member States of the European Union on behalf of its 500 million citizens.

Delegations shall maintain and develop Parliament’s international contacts. Accordingly, delegation activities shall, on the one hand, be aimed at maintaining and enhancing contacts with parliaments of States that are traditionally partners of the European Union and, on
the other hand, contribute to promoting in third countries the values on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law.

This event is funded by the EU

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IEEM ACADEMY OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT LAW 2011
From Mon 04-Jul-2011 9:00 AM To Fri 22-Jul-2011 4:30 PM

IEEMThe Institute of European Studies of Macau will launch the intensive and professional summer programme, the Academy of International Trade and Investment Law 2011, from 4th to 22nd July 2011, at the Macau Cultural Centre.

The Academy of International Trade and Investment Law will be unique in its focus on international trade and investment law regimes. It aims at providing a solid knowledge of the law of international trade and the WTO as well as transnational investment issues corresponding to regional integration regimes such as NAFTA, EU, Mercosur and ASEAN. The Academy is an advanced and intensive programme following the model similar to the Academy of European Law in Florence and the Academy of International Law in The Hague. Academic staffs include leading experts, scholars, panellists and legal advisors of the WTO law and international investment laws.

Tuition fee:

Standard fee:

Full Academy: HK14,400

Trade Module: HK10,000

Investment Module: HK6800

Special fee for the Members of the European National Chambers of Commerce

Full Academy: HK7200

Trade Module: HK5000

Investment Module: HK3500

*Tuition fees include course materials, refreshments, forum, lunches in the opening ceremony and in the certificate award, and certificate and declaration fee.

* Participants are required to attend all courses with 80% attendance minimum.

For more details regarding the programme, please kindly refer to the attachments.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Beatrice Lam at 853-28354326 or beatrice@ieem.org.mo

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EU & HONG KONG VIEWS ON THE CHINA 12TH 5-YEAR PLAN
Thu 30-Jun-2011 8:30 AM To 10:30 AM

Image38The first 5-Year Plan (FYP) was implemented in 1953, and to date there have been a total of 11 FYP’s implemented by the PRC. The opening up of China has created surplus growth, and catapulted China to the rank of the world’s largest economy. These new FYP’s serve as the blueprint for the development at the national and provincial levels.

The FYP is in essence an outline of the direction of the national economic and social development of the PRC. Until 20 years prior, these FYP’s were considered an agenda under the planned social economy. Since China’s economy has developed and now contains features of both market and planning, these FYP’s also reflect an organic evolution within themselves.

The 12th FYP cites the following as its focus:
1. Increased domestic consumption
2. Equal income distribution
3. Social Security
4. Services Sector

Investment from China into Hong Kong has seen exponential growth: in 2010, the FDI into Hong Kong was 43.4%; in 2015 this is projected to increase to 47%. Consumption and stable development are two factors that can illuminate our understanding of the direction the PRC will take in the coming half decade.

In this FYP, also implied is the shift away from low cost and low value manufacturing to quality services, and quality manufacturing with technological innovation. The new idea is to evolve from “Made in China” to “Designed in China”.

Reduction of the wealth gap is high on the agenda. This falls in closely with the stable development measure, that is key in the fulfillment of the 12th FYP. In the past decade, development has begotten growth, which in turn begets wealth, but this has been sporadic.. A major milestone in the 12th FYP will be the sharing in the fruits of China’s labor between both rural and urban; western, central, and coastal provinces. Urbanization is another key issue, which can merge the development of the rural areas with the wealth of the urban regions.

In the 12th FYP, Hong Kong’s importance and recognition has earned it an entire chapter to itself, namely Chapter 37. Deeper cooperation with the Mainland will obviously bring clear advantages to Hong Kong as a key hub in the dynamic southern China region.

The fascinating hybrid of 1 Country, 2 Systems, has contributed to Hong Kong’s significant development in every sector.A major process to fulfill will be the further enlargement in the scope of cooperation between Hong Kong and the Mainland. Hong Kong is tightly integrated with China; in one way than most in the trade and investment area. Testament to the importance of this relationship lies in the CEPA (Mainland China and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Agreement), that the PRC and Hong Kong entered into at the 2003 WTO talks.The 12th FYP also underlines the importance of Hong Kong’s role in light of China’s further development.

Deposits of RMB in Hong Kong trumps other financial centres around the world. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange measured a deposit of RMB 510 bln in Hong Kong in 2010.

In a humourous departure from the quantitative and statistics, Dr. Jessen likened the FYP to a cake, claiming 3 aspirations for this cake:
a. we want it to be bigger
b. we want to make it more beautiful
c. we want to share it more equally

In essence, these three points represent the ambitions that the PRC has for this 12th FYP:
a. bigger –> economy to grow
b. beautiful –> environmental protection and conservation
c. equal distribution –> rural and urban development

The environment is one issue that clearly presents a massive opportunity to European companies interested and willing to invest in China. This is indeed where the strength of European entreprises lie.
Many sectors are witnessing saturation, but in time the environmental issue will be a major contender for the front page news. And it will not be surprising if some companies, with their origin in Europe, are mentioned.

 

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GERMANY AND THE EUROZONE SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS
Wed 22-Jun-2011 12:30 PM To 2:30 PM

volker wissing imageWith a competitive industry, an export oriented growing economy, low unemployment and high salaries, is Germany leading the recovery of the eurozone? 

Is the German formula applicable to other EU economies?

How exposed is the German economy to the sovereign debt of countries like Greece or Portugal?

Dr. Wissing together with a delegation of the German Bundestag will debate these and other topics of relevance to the busines community in Hong Kong.

Come and join us on an interactive discussion that will be moderated by Mr. Eberhard Brodhage, General Manager, CommerzBank Hong Kong.

About Dr. Volker Wissing:

After earning his law degree in environmental law from the University of Münster in 1997, Dr. Volker was appointed Head of the Objections Office of the Sonderabfall-Management Gesellschaft (the organisation dealing with the management of hazardous waste) in Mainz. That same zear, he was appointed judge, working at the Zweibrücken Regional Court, the public prosecution office and Landau Local Court. Between 1999 and 2002, he lectured at Mainz Universitz.

From 2000 to 2004, he served as personal secretary and parliamentary and cabinet adviser to Mr. Herbert Mertin, Rhineland-Palatinate Minister of Justice.
Since 2001, Dr. Wissing has served as Chairman of the Landau/SüdlicheWeinstraße county branch of the Free Democratic Party (FDP);

And as of 2004, he has been a member of the executive committee of the Palatinate district branch of the FDP, and of the executive committee of the Rhineland-Palatinate FDP.
Dr. Wissing has been a member of the German Bundestag since January 2004.

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3RD ANNUAL IPR SYMPOSIUM ON TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND ESSENTIAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY STRATEGIES FOR EUROPEAN SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES IN MAINLAND CHINA & HONG KONG
Thu 16-Jun-2011 8:30 AM To 12:30 PM

RThe China IPR SME Helpdesk and the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong invite you to:

Technology Transfer and Essential Intellectual Property

Strategies for European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Mainland China & Hong Kong

THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2011

The China IPR SME Helpdesk and the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong co-hosted the third annual Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Symposium on 16 June 2011 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, with the support of the Hong Kong IP Department. This free, half-day event is an invaluable opportunity for EU Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) working with Greater China to interact  with a diverse pool of high profile IPR experts.

 

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THE STRATEGIES OF MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND SOCIAL REGULATION: EUROPEAN AND ASIAN PERSPECTIVES
From Tue 14-Jun-2011 9:00 AM To Wed 15-Jun-2011 12:30 PM

poster-WorkshopHKInternational Colloquium Description

 The Strategies of Multinational Corporations and Social Regulation: 

European and Asian Perspectives

 Hong Kong, 14-15 June 2011

 Organisers: 

–  Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University

– French Centre for Research on Contemporary China, Hong Kong

– Research Center on Integration and Cooperation in the European Area (ICEE), University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle

Organising Committee:

– Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Professor & Head, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University 

– Jean-François Huchet, Director, French Centre for Research on Contemporary China, Hong Kong

– Xavier Richet, Jean Monnet Chair, French Centre for Research on Contemporary China, Beijing, & Professor, University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, Research Center on Integration and Cooperation in the European Area (ICEE)

– Violaine Delteil, Visiting Scholar, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University & Assistant Professor, University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, Research Center on Integration and Cooperation in the European Area (ICEE),

– Patrick Dieuaide, Assistant Professor & Head, Institute for European Studies & Research Center on Integration and Cooperation in the European Area (ICEE, University Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Aims and Objectives: 

The purpose of this conference is to analyze and foster discussion of the links between the globalization of productive systems brought about by foreign direct investment (FDI) and the dynamics of social regulations, both at the transnational level and within national boundaries. Key actors in the new era of globalization, multinationals are also at the center of questions regarding articulation between transnational, regional, and territorial levels of social regulation. Given their capacity to export social norms from one territory to another and to cause competition between norms in place in the different territories in which they operate, these firms are also increasingly the focus of new social conflicts and new forms of social protest. Recent protests by Chinese employees of Japanese subsidiaries are just one powerful example of these new tendencies. Tensions among transnational groups in Europe due to the differentiation of social norms between the West and the East territories of the EU (the “old” and “new” member states) constitute a further example.

The conference seeks research approaches along two broad fronts: First, a theoretical and empirical approach that examines links between the strategies of multinationals and local public policy in order to contribute to better understanding of the institutional dynamics of social regulation. Second, a comparative approach will compare regional spaces, with particular attention to Europe on the one hand, and to the two great emerging powers, China and India, on the other. Foreign direct investments that are of interest to the conference include both European ones and Chinese and Indian “new FDIs”. These studies will be particularly attentive to the “spill-over” effects of these FDIs on the content and nature of territorial norms where they operate, as well as on the building of premises for global social regulation.

The conference will be organized around three broad research strands:

1. Direct foreign investment, implantation strategies, and modes of entry.

The subjects to be explored will bear on the redeployment of value chains on a transnational scale, the link between industrial strategies and entry modes, the impact of the geographical distance of subsidiaries from their corporate headquarters for the design of local managerial referential (resulting from transfer, hybridization or divergence from managerial fundamentals), as well as how entry modes influence human resources management and social relations.

2. Institutional environment, attractiveness policies, and local industrial dynamics

This strand will include the institutional dynamics at work in territories that are increasingly oriented towards the search for attractiveness, the specificity of national labor regulations (whether established through legislation or convention, and which govern labor markets, industrial relations and employment relations), as well as the impact of local public policies in attracting FDI and in supporting “spill-over” effects.

3. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Human Resources policies, and social relations

The subjects included in this strand will explore the growing role of Corporate Social Responsibility in shaping the human resources policies of multinational firms.  A more or less formalized managerial tool, CSR will also be investigated regarding its capacity for mobilizing other stakeholders in multinational firms’, and in particular for promoting local or transnational union activities.

This conference is organized by the Department of Government and International Studies Department (Hong Kong Baptist University), in partnership with the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (Hong Kong) and the Research Center on Integration and Cooperation in the European Area (ICEE, University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle).  The conference will further strengthen cooperation between these institutions that has to date resulted in two international conferences.

Publication: 

Written papers will be asked to each invited speaker at least two weeks before the conference. The conference contributions will be published in an edited book in Hong Kong or overseas. Leading publishers will be approached in due time by the organizers.

Venue: Council Chamber (SWT 501), Shaw Tower, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Dates: June 14-15, 2011 

Agenda: details please refer to the attachment

For any enquiries regarding the event, please contact (+852) 3411-5726 or Email to ttyeung@hkbu.edu.hk.

 

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COCKTAIL RECEPTION WITH LATVIA PRIME MINISTER, VALDIS DOMVROVSKIS “ECONOMY, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AND INVESTMENT CLIMATE IN LATVIA AND THE BALTIC REGION”
Mon 13-Jun-2011 12:00 PM To 2:00 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong thanks to EU funding was delighted to host a cocktail reception featuring Mr. Valdis Domvrovskis, Prime Minister of Latvia since 2010. The event gathered over 130 guests, ranging from Consuls Generals, to Hong Kong Government representatives, senior business leaders, European and local executives and academics. On this occasion, the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the Better Hong Kong Foundation participated as supporting organizations.

 

Prime Minister Domvrovskis delivered a speech about Latvia, its economy and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in a context of globalization. He emphasized the efforts the small Baltic country has made in recent years, especially since its accession to the EU in 2004, to be aligned with the Maastricht criteria and reinvent its internal economy and market. In spite of the fiscal consolidation measures in the national budget, Latvia is now witnessing a full economic recovery from the crisis and foresees a GDP growth of 3.3% in 2011.

 

In the arena of trade and investment, Latvia’s traditional partners have been the EU neighbouring States (Lituania, Estonia, Poland and Germany) and Russia; however, the need to open up its economy has become a constant in the agenda of Latvia policy-makers and China is the new partner-to-be of a country eager to attract foreign direct investment. Following these premises, the country has consciously deployed a sophisticated network of infrastructure and a series of favourable investment policies to increase its appeal vis-à-vis international business partners. In 2010 the Free Port of Riga reached a new cargo turnover record in its history (over 30 million tons); on the air scene, Riga airport is nowadays the largest air traffic hub in the Baltic States projecting Latvia as an effective gateway to the region. Its corporate tax regime (15% corporate tax in “special industries”) adds up to the list of advantages Latvia has to offer to overseas investors wanting to launch new businesses abroad.

 

On the micro-economic scene, Latvian industry has highly benefited from the EU Structural Funds, which have translated into intensive investment in R&D, and the development of new high tech products and advanced technologies. Some key industries heavily stimulated by the government range from manufacturing to ICT, renewable energies, wood chemistry and logistics amongst others. Special areas of the country were designated as “special economic zones” (Rezekne, Riga Free Port, Ventspils and Liepaja) with a special tax regime.

 

Prime Minister Dombrosvkis also shared with the audience his optimistic views on the EU economy and its recovery from the crisis. In his view, we cannot define the current situation as a pandemic crisis of the EU or the eurozone; instead, some specific EU Member States are immersed in economic difficulties that are not the result of the Maastrict criteria, but rather the product of not complying with them. In the case of Latvia, enormous efforts have been concentrated on following such EU mandatory criteria, with a subsequent decrease in unemployment, control on inflation, effective fiscal consolidation measures, budget deficit and public debt reduction. The next pan-European step of Latvia will be the adoption of the euro which has the target date of 1st of January 2014.

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ESSENTIAL TAX KNOW-HOW FOR CONDUCTING SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND EUROPE
Thu 09-Jun-2011 8:30 AM To 10:00 AM

tax_manJoin us in an interactive discussion on the topic of taxation efficiency. European SMEs with established operations in Greater China and local companies with presence in Europe are especially welcome.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • How to use Hong Kong treaties to manage the tax exposure

  • How to optimize your taxation efficiency when trading goods to/from China

  • Tax efficient sales structures into Europe/ China/ Hong Kong

With KPMG Taxation Experts:

Alex Capri – Customs

Nigel Hobler – Hong Kong Corporate Tax

David Siew – Hong Kong Personal Tax

Chris Xing – China Corporate Tax

Kari Pahlman – Hong Kog Transfer Pricing

Taxation inquiries and real business cases will be assessed by the experts. To enjoy the full benefit and service offered by our Experts, please fill in and submit the accompanying form for the free consultation.

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INNOVATION THROUGH INFORMATION: CREATING BUSINESS VALUE FROM PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMATION – THE HK & EU EXPERIENCE
Tue 07-Jun-2011 8:30 AM To 10:30 AM

informationnowPublic, accessible and accurate information can create new products and businesses. The overall market size for PSI in the EU is estimated at 27 billion Euros. Re-use of public sector information means using it in new ways by adding value to it, combining information from different sources, making mash-ups and new applications, both for commercial and non-commercial purposes. Examples include real time traffic information and bus timetables together with maps downloaded to smart phones. Public sector information has great economic potential: it generates new businesses and jobs and provides consumers with more choice and more value for money.

Registration fee should be paid in cheque to the Chamber before the event to secure your seat. Cheque should be made payable to “The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong” and mailed to: 

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

Room 1003, 10/F, World-Wide House

19 Des Voeux Road Central

Hong Kong

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INVESTMENT AND BILATERAL TRADE BETWEEN EU, HONG KONG, AND CHINA
Fri 03-Jun-2011 12:00 PM To 1:45 PM

helena konig picThe main focus of this luncheon is to discuss with Ms. König the EU investment in China and HK and vice-versa as well as the bilateral trade.

As China becomes the EU’s largest source of imports, the EU’s trade deficit with China has risen dramatically. Key concerns of the EU in itstrade relations with China cover the facilitation and protection of mutual investments, enhancing bilateral investment, and deeper cooperation on investment.

Trade between China and the EU continue to increase, but investment flows between the two regions remain limited in comparison. There exists in China great untapped potential; however, enthusiasm of European investors has been dampened by the persistence of barriers and an uncertain business environment.

With China’s continued growth in the global economy, Hong Kong will undoubtedly be a point of great interest. Ms. König will also assess the role Hong Kong will play in the trade relationship between China and the EU.

For more information about this agreement, please visit the page of the Consultation of the Trade Agreement between China and EU.

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MACAU 12 TH ANNUAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SEMINAR AND ADVCANCED PROFESSIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) UPDATE
From Sat 21-May-2011 9:00 AM To Tue 24-May-2011 8:00 PM

macau 12th annual IPThe Institute of European Studies of Macau (IEEM) and Professor Kamperman Sanders of the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR), Maastricht University, are delighted to host two seminars on Intellectual Property Law from 21 to 24 May 2011.

The Intellectual Property (IP) Law Programme consists of two principle events:

• Annual Professional IP Update in Hong Kong (21 May)
Cost: HK $3,000
Venue: Graduate Law Center, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2/F, Bank of America
Tower, Central
Link: Click here for more details.

• IP seminar on Consumers, Facilitators, and Intermediaries – IP Infringers or Innocent
Bystanders (23 and 24 May)
Cost: HK $6,000
Venue: Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, Macao SAR
Link: Click here for more details.

The IP Law School aims at providing updated and practical knowledge on fundamental IP issues both to Government officers and private lawyers. A particular emphasis will be given to practical learning, with several mock-trials taking place during the course.
To participate in any of the above 2 parts, please visit this link for registration:

 

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IPR BREAKFAST WORKSHOP FOR EUROPEAN SME’S WITH CHINA IPR EXPERT ELLIOT PAPAGEORGIOU
Thu 19-May-2011 8:30 AM To 11:00 AM

patent china imgThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong thanks to EUBIP funding was delighted to host an IPR roundtable featuring China IPR expert Elliot Papageorgiou, from Rouse Shanghai. The event gathered 30 European IP stake-holders, ranging from design studios, to lawyers, consumer goods companies and luxury brands.

The speaker made a presentation on IP strategies for European companies with operations in Greater China; he strongly emphasized the need of identifying IP values within the company: disregarding the nature of business, it is essential to identify those assets that directly or indirectly generate revenue: trademarks, company name and logos, designs, mascot. In terms of liability, he insisted that all companies exposed to the Chinese market are equally exposed to IP infringements, no matter if it is in the field of production, sourcing or distribution.

A major concern of SMEs is the investment in the IP protection. The filing of patents in China and Hong Kong is extremely expensive and in FMCGs, the important number of references makes the filing per reference unrealistic.

An option for SMEs is to register utility models instead of patents, as they are cheaper and faster to file (9-12 months, versus 3 years in the case of patents). The period of protection is only 10 years nonetheless, compared to the 20 years protection of patents. However, whenever the degree of invention is high, the registration of the patent is definitely encouraged in order to obtain a stronger protection. A high number of European SMEs in Greater China opt for registering first as a utility model and then pass to a patent with all its implications.

There is a general lack of know-how from SMEs when it comes to structure an efficient IPR protection strategy, and more guidance and information is required by the participants through seminars, roundtables and presentations. Whereas an international patent makes sense and is plausible for large corporations with a global presence, SMEs, typically more focused on a limited number of countries have the option of filing national patents in those countries in which they have trading operations (to and/ or from).

European SME’s request a sounder cooperation between HK and Mainland China, as currently, with separate trademark systems, the registration in China does not cover Hong Kong and vice-versa, which translates into time-consuming registrations of the identical IP assets and additional costs. Also, more cooperation at customs level is mandatory in order to increase the efficiency in the fight against counterfeits.

An issue regarding IP protection in Hong Kong is the fact that Hong Kong is not part of the Madrid Protocol, whereas China is a contracting member. There is currently an open dialogue between the Governments of Hong Kong and Mainland China regarding the feasibility and impact of a possible adhesion of Hong Kong to the Madrid system.

 

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EU DAY MACAO
Thu 12-May-2011 6:00 PM To 9:00 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to EUBIP funding, was delighted to host a symposium to celebrate the Europe Day with the European and local community in Macau. The event, titled “Macau, as a Regional Bridge for European Business Values and Culture” brought together two panels of experts, featuring a comprehensive range of diplomats (EU Consuls Generals), European business leaders and Chambers of Commerce in Macau, and academics (University of Macau). Maria Castillo, Head of the EU Delegation to Hong Kong and Macau also integrated the symposium as EUBIP’s distinguished guest.

The discussion focused on the role Macau can play as a strategic hub for European companies, notably SMEs wanting to enter the Chinese market: with a system based on the rule of law, a powerful economy in constant surplus, efficient infrastructure and strategic location, Macao is indeed an optimal link between Europe and China, and this message should be sent across to the European continent, where the knowledge about Macau is still limited and scarce.

Besides its role as a bridge, Macau also encloses great potential as a showcase in specific industries, such as environment, creative industries and retail, sectors where the European presence has been traditionally strong. Both diplomats and business leaders joined forces in a common call to Macau Government for intensifying its efforts in the diversification of the economy, in which the gaming industry plays a total hegemony. Nonetheless, behind the casinos’ industry lie a rich number of business opportunities in related sectors, such as food and beverage, hotel supply and hospitality, which should be commercialized abroad for attracting new foreign businesses and investment.

In the academic field, Macau universities urged EU diplomats for more cooperation with Universities across the EU. Currently, the University of Macau has agreements with 13 out of the 27 EU Member States, and new partnerships are to be expected in the coming years, but university exchange needs to be backed by Government support, both financially and legally. At the current stage, foreign students are not allowed to extend their stay in Macau once they finalize their studies to work as interns in Macau based companies. In practice, this translates into a clear limitation of the potential benefits inherent to international academic exchange.

The symposium was followed by an EU reception hosted by the EU Delegation and EUBIP and was attended by Macau Government authorities, Consuls Generals in Macau, business community and academics.

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CHINESE OVERSEAS OUTWARD DIRECT INVESTMENT IN EUROPE
Wed 11-May-2011 12:30 PM To 2:10 PM

event logo -world-with-moneyMs. Karen Tang, Executive Director of Better Hong Kong Foundation, BHKF, opened the floor to Dr. Francoise Nicolas, Senior Research Fellow and Director, Center for Asian Studies, French Institute of International Relations (IFRI). The premise of this presentation was to indicate to the audience, through a candid and objective assessment of the current state of play of outward direct foreign investment by the Chinese into Europe. Chinese ODI is certainly a new phenomenon, and a trend that is nonetheless one that will continue to grow as a trend. However, the facts that support these findings demonstrate a very interesting departure from the common belief.

A few important points were made by Dr. Nicolas’ research and analysis:

Contrary to conventional belief, Chinese outward foreign direct investment into Europe is marginally small compared to the Chinese FDI received in other regions and continents. Hong Kong receives 70%  of Chinese ODI compared with the global 20% invested by Chinese investors. Out of this 20%, the majority goes to the Asia Pacific region, and this leaves the remaining half divided between Africa, Europe and other regions. So each of these regions attract around 3%.

In the breakdown of EU and the rest of Europe, Russia plays a vital part as the major recipient of Chinese ODI. Interestingly, Luxembourg has grown in importance in relation to Chinese ODI since 2008, as many investors may go through Luxembourg, but are stationed elsewhere. Other major recipients include Germany and the UK, where sectoral divisions are quite clear cut – Germany attracts Chinese ODI into its electronic sector and machinery industries, and UK the services and the motorway sectors (auto-parts, auto-making).

Targets, or destinations are one of the three following characteristics:

1. Ailing or financially distressed firms

2. Competitive Niche

3. Former partners or sub-contractors

Motivations include

1. Market Seeker: expanding market share

2. Strategic Asset Seeking – brand name seeking, distribution channels and sales networks.

3. Efficiency seeking in central European states: cost of production low

About Dr. Francoise Nicolas:

Dr. Francoise Nicolas has been with the IFRI since 1990. IFRI is the main French independent research and debate institution dedicated to international affairs. Dr. Nicolas is also an assistant professor in international economics at the University of Paris-Est (Marne-la-Vellee), and teaches at Langues’ O and Sciences Po (Paris). In the past, she has taught at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, and the HEC School of Management. She has also worked as a consultant to the Directorate for Financial, Fiscal and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD. Her researches cover the emerging economies with a focus on East Asia, East Asian regional economic integration, foreign direct investment and growth as well as globalization and its impacts on global governance.

 

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EUROPEAN TOUR-ITALY, 4 MAY
Wed 04-May-2011 6:00 PM To 11:00 PM

Kee European Tour-ITALYThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to support the “KEE EUROPEAN TOUR”, a series of events featuring the talents of the various European countries, and showcasing their products and brands. Each tour will take you into a journey across a specific country, indulging into its cuisine, discovering its regions and finding more about its business and cultural identity.

On 4th May, the destination is ITALY; come to Kee Club and enjoy a 360° tour that will guide you through Italian music, perfume, wine, food and much more…a unique European experience!

For details, please contact the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong at icc@icc.org.hk or call +852-25218837

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FORUM WITH CONNIE HEDEGAARD – EU COMMISIONER FOR CLIMATE ACTION
Wed 04-May-2011 4:00 PM To 5:30 PM

China and the European Union recognize that climate change will have devastating consequences for their peoples, economies, and environments, and that global dialogue is a crucial part of the solution. EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Ms Connie Hedegaard, has articulated her ambition “to see, in five years time, a Europe that is the most climate friendly region in the world”.

Commissioner Connie Hedegaard delivered a fiery speech about the predicaments and challenges the energy sector is facing with regards to reaching the targeted carbon emissions by 2020. Today the need for ‘intelligent climate policy’ is as great as ever. Hong Kong estimates an increase in state coffers this year, next year, and possibly the next few years to come.

But with wealth comes responsibility. Shopping, high-energy wastage activities (such as the Symphony of Lights) and intensive commercial competition are the mainstay and signature of Hong Kong’s image. It is time, Commissioner Hedegaard declared, that the power and engine behind inciting and initiating change lie not in the hands of the state, but in the hands of the consumer, the citizen.

Several key factors are juxtaposed at this junction of urgency and will to act:

Technology is our medium to move forward, yet many countries are afraid or unwilling to invest in new technologies that are to date in their infancy or untested in the mass market. If we move forward, we may lose some, but if we stay put and hesitate, we will lose even more.

Job growth will increase, as so will the skills and talents that the transition to more climatically and energy efficient processes are adopted and implemented in construction, commercial, transportation, and other areas that leave a heavy carbon footprint.

A Vertical system of Cooperation and Coordination is necessitated around the world. China is one country that surprisingly is one of the few at the top echelon of lonely and concerned nations who are eager to act, but success in achieving results comes also from the combined efforts of others. The Chinese leadership is looking towards its 12th 5-Year-Plan to introduce measures that will achieve the targeted 25% cut in emissions by 2020.

The energy emanating from the Commissioner’s speech certainly highlighted her passion for working for change in the way energy is used. More so, it underlined her recognition for the urgency to act now, not for the present, but for improving the living standards for future generations. By 2020, the world’s population will reach 9 billion. Though this is not a controllable factor in science, economics, or any other field of study, as populations will continue to grow as living progresses, but what is controllable is the way we use our energy resources. If we are smart about it, the world may just be a more welcoming place for the next 2 billion new inhabitants.

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong conveys its deep appreciation and thank you to Civic Exchange for making this event possible. And it is with great thanks to the offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for extending the use of their conference facility to us.

Green EuropeThe Commissioner was joined by Hon. Edward Yau, Secretary for Environment, Hong Kong SAR Government, who is currently overseeing a consultation process to “chart the way forward for Hong Kong as a low carbon city”.

They were also accompanied by leading commentators Mr Thomas Ho, Chief Executive of Gammon Construction Ltd and Chairman of Hong Kongs Climate Change Business Forum and Mr. Tobby KentAssociate Director of the Sustainability & Climate Change team at PwC Hong Kong in a panel discussion moderated by Ms. Christine Loh,  CEO of Civic Exchange, on the challenges and opportunities for accelerating climate policy and action in cities and metropolitan regions with particular reference to the EU, Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.

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LUNCHEON WITH CONNIE HEDEGAARD – EU COMMISSIONER FOR CLIMATE ACTION (MAY 4)
Wed 04-May-2011 12:00 PM To 2:00 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (ECC) thanks to EUBIP funding was delighted to host an exclusive luncheon together with the EU Delegation to Hong Kong and Macau, to welcome EU Commissioner Hedegaard in her official visit to Hong Kong SAR. The event gathered senior representatives from the maritime and aviation sectors in Hong Kong and focused on the topic of low carbon strategy in such industries. Peter Cremers, Chairman of the ECC inaugurated the debate by emphasizing the strategic and leading role the maritime industry is playing in the reduction of carbon emissions in Hong Kong and in Asia, with private initiatives being taken in such direction (voluntary clean fuel initiatives for instance).

According to Commissioner Hedegaard, an efficient long-term carbon reduction strategy can no longer have a micro-approach and restraint itself to the manufacturing industry, but it must enlarge its scope and embrace new sectors such as transport, construction and agriculture amongst others. Only a global vision and a global strategy can be sustainable on the long run, and the current measures and actions must have a projection and impact beyond 2020.

Amongst the major concerns of the maritime industry in Hong Kong lies the effective role of the IMO    (International Maritime Organization), the United Nations agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and for the prevention of marine pollution by ships. Can IMO really deliver and serve as a catalyst for the claims and demands of the industry?

On the aviation side, there is an obvious push from the industry to drive towards a global policy with an international regulation and cross-border enforcement. Hong Kong players feel that an EU policy applied only within the EU airspace results into an inefficient system of penalization; hence, the incentives policy should be reviewed to guarantee that it benefits those who effectively deploy measures reducing carbon emissions. In this sense, the aviation industry claims that direct flights from Asia to Europe should be further encouraged by the incentives scheme, whereas flights with stop-over should bear a bigger tax burden, given the larger environmental impact in terms of carbon emission.

Another open debate is the reallocation of the income collected by the EU through the taxes on carbon emissions by airlines; the industry lobbies for a full reinvestment of such funds into the environmental sector, through the establishment of a specific budget dedicated to environmental projects and initiatives. Commissioner Hedegaard welcomed this proposal and replied that although the income generated by carbon emission taxes currently goes to the common EU budget, a substantial part of the revenue is used to reinvest in the modernization of the sector, in order to increase its competitiveness and promote new technologies aiming at reducing the overall carbon emissions of the industry.

The unanimous conclusion from both the maritime and the aviation industry was that it is crucial to have a unified industry with aligned purposes and goals in the fight for a low carbon emission strategy and a long-term sustainable policy.

Please click here for the biography of Connie Hedegaard: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/hedegaard/about/bio_en.htm

Please click here for the video of Connie Hedegaard’s visit to Hong Kong: http://www.newspusher.com/EN/post/1304522642-2/connie-hedegaard-european-commissioner-for-climate-action-visit-to-hong-kong.html

For information on IMO please visit: www.imo.org

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MACAO INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CO-OPERATION FORUM & EXHIBITION (MIECF) 2011
From Thu 31-Mar-2011 8:00 AM To Sat 02-Apr-2011 6:00 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is once again delighted to be a supporting organization at the Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition, or MIECF, in 2011.

This 3rd Edition of the MIECF will run from 31 March to 2 April at The Venetian Macao.

The theme is “Low Carbon Urban Development”. Its focus will be on low carbon future and sustainable urban development in South China. Initiated and actively led by the government of Macao SAR the exhibition and conference are strategically located to bring together policy makers, industry movers and decision makers. The 2011 MIECF conference will feature top class speakers that will attract industry players from all across the extended Pearl River Delta region and international markets.

Key Concepts of this MIECF 2011:

–  An international platform for technology exchange on low carbon future and sustainable urban development in South China

– Themed pavilions on clean energy, e-mobility, green construction & low carbon city

–  A network hub with policy makers, industry movers and decision makers in the environmental arena

– 2011 MIECF Conference: focused seminars and workshops with industry leaders regional and global perspectives

Accommodation cost will be covered for 3 nights per exhibitor.

Please find more information on the attachment or via this link: www.macaomiecf.com

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CONFERENCE ON “GREEN CITIES, SMART TECHNOLOGY, SUSTAINABLE GROWTH”
From Thu 31-Mar-2011 To Sat 02-Apr-2011

MIECF 2011The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and EUBIP are delighted to support IPIM in the organization of the global conference “Green Cities, Smart Technology and Sustainable Growth”, which will take place under the umbrella of the Macau International Environmental Cooperation Forum (MIECF) from 31 March to 2 April at The Venetian.

This year’s conference will focus on the importance of sustainability across-industries, with a special highlight on urban planning and sustainable tourism, both crucial in Macao’s economy.

Amongst the distinguished speakers coming from overseas, Joschka Fischer (former Vice-Chancellor of Germany) and Klaus Toepfer (former Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme) will deliver a key-note speech. From the industry side, EUBIP has invited SCANIA and Baumschlager Eberle amongst others to showcase innovative green business solutions in the topics of carbon reduction in heavy transport and urban construction. A series of specific workshops will give the audience the unique opportunity to get a deeper understanding on the new business opportunities being created by the green industry in Macau and China.

For more information regarding registration, accommodation package and other details, please contact IPIM representatives Gloria Chak at gloriachak@ipim.gov.mo and Henry Ho at henryho@ipim.gov.mo, or call +853-87989236

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IP BREAKFAST ROUNDTABLE: CROSS BORDER ENFORCEMENT IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION
Fri 25-Mar-2011 8:00 AM To 11:00 AM
intellectual-property logoThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, together with the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea (EUCCK) co-hosted an event on the Intellectual Property Right and Cross-Border Enforcement in Asia Pacific.

This seminar was a comprehensive gathering of top professionals in the IPR field. The representation from each sector was no less than generous. Members of the luxury brands included Louis Vuitton (LVMH), Prada, Chanel, BOSE, Burberry, Swarovski, and Estee Lauder Compaines. Legal representation came from the Italian firm Chiomenti Studio Legale and international lawfirm Norton Rose. Financial interests played a part through the presence of ICICI Bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, Banco Popolare de Vicenza, and UniCredit Bank (Hong Kong).

Government specialisation was exhibited in the presence of the IP Department of the Hong Kong SAR, the IP Head of the Philippines Government, and Customs Department, HKSAR.

Due to the cross-border and rather controversial nature of this approach, diplomatic delegates from both the European Union Office of Beijing and Hong Kong were present.

The topic is a relevant, yet controversial one. Attorney Zsae Carrie C. de Guzman, Head of the IP Department of the Philippines Customs, said in the morning seminar there was a lack of cooperation between national governments on the topic of cross border patrol. More cooperation and coordination must be encouraged at the higher levels of government.

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REFORMING THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AFTER THE CRISIS
Thu 24-Mar-2011 12:00 PM To 2:00 PM

IMAGE-jonathan_faullThe European Union Business Information Programme (EUBIP) was delighted to host Mr Jonathan Faull, Director General of the Directorate-General for Internal Market and Services, of the European Commission at the Luncheon on March 24 at the Kee Club in Central, Hong Kong.

Mr Faull addressed the audience about the current state of affairs in Europe, with emphasis on the negatiations between Member States and the European Commission in Brussels. He urged for more consolidation and cooperation between departments, mentioning his own Internal Market and Services as well. It is imperative that all stakeholders in the European economy play a role in contributing to a stronger economy by supporting the supervisory departments. This will contribute to a safer,
sounder, more transparent and more responsible financial system, working for the economy and society as a whole.

However, it was noted that there is a lack of sustainable processes and procedures in the supervisory environment, and given the recent financial crisis that has eroded much of the trust that the public and national governments have placed in these systems.

Nonetheless there is an opportunity to now build upon this consolidated public awareness that these supervisory systems are not functioning to their full capacity nor potential. A new European supervisory
landscape will combine nationally-based supervision of firms with strong co-ordination at the European level so as to foster harmonised rules, as well as coherent supervisory practice and enforcement.

Financial markets function efficiently when there is confidence and trust. Confidence and trust requires solid prudential rules for financial institutions and occupational pensions should be no exception to this. Safe pensions must be built on skilled risk management, professional governance and effective supervision.

In attendance were:

Asian Securities Investments and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA), Mr. Nicolas de Boursac, CEO

Moody’s, Ms. Christina Ellerker, Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs

Institute of Risk and Regulation, Mr. Christopher Rogers, Chairman

Securities and Futures Commission, Keith Lui, Executive Director

Financial Treasury and Services Board, HKSAR, Ms Julia Leung, Under-Secretary

 

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WORLD RETAIL CONGRESS ASIA PACIFIC 2011
From Mon 07-Mar-2011 8:50 AM To Tue 08-Mar-2011 6:00 PM

2011_wrc_asia_logoThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to support the World Retail Congress Asia Pacific. This 2 days event is the annual meeting for retail CEOs and a global platform for discussion and exchange of best practice featuring the world top retailers, such as Walmart, Carrefour, Metro and others. European companies will take a leading role in the congress with a notorious presence in the different workshops, ranging from fashion, to luxury and grocery. This year’s congress will address key issues for a successful business strategy in Asia Pacific such as retail space and location, long-term sustainable vision & leadership, world class supply chain and the application of global best practice into local markets.

This event is a great opportunity of network within the retail industry with a focus on the business development in Asia Pacific; with an attendance of over 250 participants from the largest retail groups worldwide, it is especially suitable for senior representatives of retailers and consultants interested in the challenges and opportunities for the retail in this region.

About the World Retail Congress Asia Pacific:

http://www.worldretailcongressasia.com/

Please click here for the programme:

http://www.worldretailcongressasia.com/programme.cfm

Please click here for the sample delegates list:

http://www.worldretailcongressasia.com/pdf/WRC-Asia-Sample-delegate-list-28-01.pdf

Registration fee:

Retailer: USD1,899/

Non-Retailer: USD2,299

Members of European National Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong enjoy a 25% discount. For more information please contact Kim Christian Larsen at kim.larsen@eurocham.com.hk or call +852-2511 5133.

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LUNCHEON WITH LORENZO BINI SMAGHI, EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK: “RECOVERY, REFORM, AND RENEWAL: PROSPECTS FOR EUROPE AND THE EURO”
Mon 21-Feb-2011 12:30 PM To 2:30 PM

image_binismaghiThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is delighted to welcome the Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, Mr, Lorenzo Bini Smaghi.

Date: 21st February 2011, Monday

Venue: The Renaissance Harbour View, Oasis Room

Time: 12:30 – 14:30

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Mr. Smaghi will address key issues surrounding the current financial situation that is Europe is facing, especially the future prospects of the euro and the larger macroeconomic implications that will undoubtedly have an affect on the European economies. Mr. Smaghi’s speech will also assess the fiscal discipline and policy coordination measures in the Euro-zone and the challenges for financial stability of this currency in the monetary union as Europe enters the new decade.

About Mr. Bini Smaghi

During his career, Mr. Smaghi has undertaken different assignments in the monetary field. Since June 2005, Mr. Smaghi has served as a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank. Previous to this appointment, he served as Director-General for International Financial Relations in the Italian Ministry of the Economy & Finance (1998-2005). Prior to these positions, institutions that he has worked at include Banco d’Italia (Research Department), European Monetary Institute and the Committee of Financial Markets of the OECD, amongst many others. Mr. Smaghi holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and is widely published on the topics of the euro and European monetary and financial issues.

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EU DIRECTIVES AND ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUND MANAGERS, EUROPEAN CHAMBER WORKSHOP – ASIAN FINANCIAL FORUM 2011
Tue 18-Jan-2011 3:45 PM To 5:00 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to the European Union Business Information Programme (EUBIP), was delighted to sponsor a workshop at the Asian Financial Forum, on 18 January in Hong Kong. The topic selected on this occasion was the new EU Directive on AIFM that will have an unprecedented impact in the investment landscape across the EU.

The adoption of the directive, which reflects the commitments of the EU resulting from the G20 agreements, means that hedge funds and private equity will no longer operate in a regulatory void outside the scope of supervisors. The new regime brings transparency and security to the way these funds are managed and operate, which adds to the overall stability of the European financial system.

Ugo Bassi- Head of Unit for Asset Management at DG Internal Services and Market- delivered a presentation about the implications and practicalities of the new directive; in this sense, the most striking innovation is the creation of a “passport” that entitles authorized AIFM to manage funds throughout the EU with a single authorization. The implementation of such passport will spread over a period of several years with 3 different phases:

1-      National Regime (2011-2013): only EU managers of EU funds will be eligible for the passport scheme.

2-      Dual Regime (2013-2015): in this phase, the Commission will adopt a delegated act to ‘activate’ the passports for non-EU managers and funds.

3-      Single EU Regime (2015-2018): by 2018, the EU regime will fully replace the national regime, and all managers (both EU and non-EU) of all funds (EU and non-EU) will be subject to a single rule book with a single market rights.

The effective implementation of the directive will be carefully monitored by ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority), a new EU independent supervisory body created on 1st January 2011 which aims at enhancing the investors’ protection amongst other mandates.

Following the presentation, an active debate with Robert Agnew (Convener of the EU-Hong Kong-Macau Financial Services Business Council) and Rory Gallaher (Co-Head of the Regulatory Committee of AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association) addressed key issues such as the vast scope of the directive, the depositary rules and the leveling playing field between EU and non-EU managers.

About the AIFM Directive: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/investment/alternative_investments_en.htm

About ESMA: http://www.esma.europa.eu/index.php?page=cesrinshort&mac=0&id

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AVIATION: COOPERATION BETWEEN HONG KONG AND EU
Thu 13-Jan-2011 12:00 PM To 2:00 PM

IMG_3373Luncheon with EU Delegate Margus Rahuoja, 13 January

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong thanks to EUBIP was delighted to host a luncheon with EU Delegate Margus Rahuoja, Senior Advisor to the Vice-President of the European Commission for Transport, Sim Kallas.

The event was well attended by senior representatives of European and local logistics companies and airlines in Hong Kong, industry associations, media and government, with the presence of Mr. Yau, Under-Secretary for Transport and Housing of Hong Kong.

During his speech, Mr. Rahuoja pointed out the challenges their cabinet is facing with the implementation of the reform of the “Single European Sky package II” and the coordination with 27 EU Member State Transport Ministries. The main pillars of such package are performance, single safety, new technologies, and managing capacity on the ground. One main common target in this area is to achieve more competition, but also fair competition, and this can only be promoted through adequate legislation.

Security is another crucial issue to be addressed at the highest level, and strong efforts are being directed to optimize the resources and guarantee the maximum safety of passengers through effective mechanisms of control, to face the versatile threats of terrorism.

In terms of air space capacity and efficiency in the infrastructures, the EU is facing a situation of clear imbalance between the over exploited and saturated air hubs of Northern Europe (Frankfurt, Amsterdam, etc), and the far less transited airports of Eastern Europe, that could be promoted to decongest operations across Europe through the right policy of investment and incentives.

Finally, the environmental impact of aviation is a major topic of concern, both at a legislative and political level and the public opinion demands a deeper commitment from governments to minimize the carbon print of air operations through new technologies and innovative cost-efficiency measures, such as multi-modal transport solutions.

About the single European Sky Package II:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2008:0389:FIN:EN:PDF

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THE REAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG AND MACAO’S ECONOMIES
Thu 16-Dec-2010 12:00 PM To 2:00 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and the European Union-Hong Kong-Macao Financial Services Business Council (EU-HK-MC), with thanks to EUBIP* are delighted to host a Luncheon Conference with the purpose of disclosing and sharing with the audience and greater community the real magnitude of the European financial services industry in Hong Kong and Macau, and the actual impact this sector has on Hong Kong and Macau’s economy, employment, revenue, and tax systems.

The aim of this Seminar is to present to the wider business community the completed report of The Asian Banker (TAB) on the importance of the European players in the financial services industry in Hong Kong and Macau, and share unprecedented data disclosing the real size of European financial services companies in Hong Kong & Macau’s employment, revenue, tax and others.

The European Chamber of Commerce and the EU-HK-MC Financial Business Council has invited Mr. Chris Kapfer, Senior Director at TAB, to present the results of this report and to analyze the data compiled in this study.

This morning, before a full audience, Mr. Chris Kapfer disclosed the findings made by The Asian Banker on the ‘influence of European financial institutions on Macao’s economy’. The main purpose of this research was to identify and define the size of the European financial services industry in Macao, and the affect this sector has on Macao’s economy through the taxes, revenues, and employment figures.

Previous to this research, there has never been an aggregated nor consolidated effort to uncover this data which existed but never compiled as it has been done here. A lot of data exists regarding this topic, but very little of it is consolidated into one point of reference, making the results rather convoluted and overlapped.

To discover the results of these findings, you are invited to view the White Paper enclosed above for more information.

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BREAKFAST SEMINAR “THE REAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN FINANCIAL SERVICES ON HONG KONG’S ECONOMY”, 15 DECEMBER
Wed 15-Dec-2010 8:30 AM To 10:30 AM

Chris KapferThe European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, thanks to the EU Business Information Programme (EUBIP) is delighted to host a breakfast seminar about the real size and impact of the European Financial Services industry on Hong Kong’s economy. Our speaker, Chris Kapfer, Senior Director at The Asian Banker will disclose with the audience unprecedented data regarding the actual dimension of the European companies in the financial industry in Hong Kong using different metrics, such as employment, tax revenue, market share and others.

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NEW TRENDS IN MEDIA CONVERGENCE REGULATION
Mon 13-Dec-2010 8:15 AM To 11:45 AM

This morning, on the 13th of December, the European Chamber of Commercethanks to the European Union Business Information Programme (EUBIP)held a Breakfast Seminar on the topic of Information Communication and Technology (ICT). The premise was to illuminate the audience on the recent regulatory and technological developments in the ICT sector. The audience consisted of industry representatives, government officials, and legal counsels. There was good turnout, given the seminar was held just shy of two weeks before Christmas Eve.

To open the stage for the first speaker, Ms.Maria Castillo gave the opening remarks. As the official representative of the Office of the European Union in Hong Kong and Macao, Ms. Castillo expressed her delight and pleasure of working with the European Chamber on the ICT Position Paper (2011). The mandate of the EU Office is to urge for problem solving and finding solutions. With that last comment, Ms. Castillo opened the floor to the first speaker, Dr. John Ure, Director of the Telecommunications Research Project (TRP) at the University of Hong Kong.

The main issues posed by Dr. Ure were the issues of regulation of the ICT sector – what are the challenges facing regulators, and how should regulation be established in the ICT industry, without having adverse effects to what is already established and operational. A very relevant perspective is the “before iPhone and after iPhone” – this poses a complete reforming and transformation of the communication industry. Integrated and converged media are aimed at the access and consumption levels, and the iPhone theorem is one example of this, indicative of a fundamental shift in the direction of ICT trends.


Convergence ≠ Business Synergy

In ICT terminology, Convergence does not equate Business Synergy. Because the sector had not yet been fully liberalized, many companies in economies experiencing yet-to liberalize ICT sectors underwent big losses since the system had not yet adjusted to the openness. Industry was moving faster than regulation could follow. Aptly describing the situation, much of the convergence and integration occurs in the “cloud” platform, the blurring of where industry regulations and practices meet. Not only in regulation is there little or no consistency, as neither in the programming rules regarding ownership or consumer rights. The regulation is only in its infancy yet it must catch up to a daily changing field of technology.

Converged Regulation

Dr. Ure has been completely convinced by the urgency of a converged regulation, however, a convergence in institutions is not necessitated. He posits that it is difficult to converge institutions, and especially when such institutions are of such diverse and sometimes contradictory concentration. However, the perspective of the consumer does not support this view. For the consumer, the convergence of institutions and regulation is the solution to many hours of customer service and complaints calling, and this becomes a ‘one-stop shop’ for customers as they dial in with complaints or queries regarding their service package.

Regarding more specifics, Mr Rene Summer, Media Regulation Specialist at Ericsson provided his view on the issue. Convergence is a merge of the Information Technology (the IT) with Communication (the C), making ICT. Again taking up the iPhone example, this device has a large network because of its variety and multi-level usages. (The iPhone is apparently also notorious for creating a lot of traffic).

The ‘digitalization of society’ is taking place. As people, ultimately users and consumers, develop their habits and ways, so will trends follow. This is not an intention to enter into “chicken or egg” philosophical debates, nevertheless, what can be concluded is ICT is undergoing fundamental changes. A movie shown by Mr. Summer gave an insight into the ways and means into the productivity levels of the next generation. Digitalization of media and IT are creating a new mode of productivity. People become actors and initiators and increase their social networking skills and exposure. And this is something the industry and regulators must take into consideration as they tackle the changing landscape before them. It is imperative, according to Mr. Summer, that the ICT sector should develop a broader perspective rather than narrowly prodding along behind the trendsetters.

There are key changes in technology: the way it is distributed and the way it is consumed. This has fundamental impact on the way business is done. For instance, Skype has successfully diverted the monopoly of telephone usage away from the conventional device of mobile phones, and this has had profound effect on the profits and market shares of telephone companies.

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This falls under what platform is used for each device. However, in the pre-convergence era, silos dominated the technological scene, as regulators and service providers done visors and stare blindly down the shaft. Convergence, once in place, will mean that there will not be any silo for each technology. Issues that Mr. Summer calls to attention are 1) the distortion of competition, which lowers growth and service suffers; 2) the urgency to curve arbitrage in the industry, 3) regulatory effectiveness is on the decline as we move into a less regulated area, and lastly, 4) regulation is not static, and in fact it should advance with the changing times. Rules and regulations do not always determine the trajectory of trends and most often. How regulations manage the changing times most often reflects the manner in which institutions perceive the necessity and urgency to relinquish some of their authority into the hands of industrial and non-state actors.

Further on the issue of regulation, Dr. Andrew Simpson, Director of Certari Consulting Ltd, raised the important and relevant point that the central question is not how to regulate convergence but how convergence should change in the transformation of new economies and trends. The objective is to facilitateand not to control. In a period of technological convergence, institutional convergence will also be spurred. As long as there is a development and evolution of trends, there will be a change and ultimately even convergence of institutions as they morph and transform to follow the changing flow of things.

Hong Kong’s regulation stands in the forward movement towards a fair playing field. Several items that the regulatory body, the Office of the Telecommunications Authority [or OFTA] is committed to further study on spectrum trading, though this is still awaiting consultation. Another area of focus is the differential treatment experienced by the fixed and mobile telephone companies. The silos of technology must be razed in order for a full comprehensive and concise development of regulatory demands to occur, with full view and in accordance with the changes in the ICT environment. Treatment of carriers is another area that Dr. Simpson raised concerning the actors involved in ICT. Carriers should have one set of regulations that they can all respond to and act in accordance with. Extending the principle of one set of regulations, this should also come into effect regarding treatment of telecommunications managers.

The reality of a merger between Telecommunications and Broadcasting Authority [TA and BA, respectively] will bring about challenges but also opportunities. The challenges will be institutional streamlining and unifying leadership at the top of BA and TA.

Since its inauguration, the Competition Bill has raised fears amongst the SMEs and other small players that they will lose more than gain with this Bill. In fact what this Bill sets out to do is to curb collusive arrangements between companies, providers, distributers and the like. However, those engaged in these collusive arrangements are often SMEs themselves, in their attempt to overcome costs and red-tape. However, Dr. Simpson maintains that SMEs will come to gain more because of the modifications they will have to make to their business and in the long run reap more gain as their business model becomes more sustainable. SMEs should consider the Competition Bill their ‘ally’ in servicing clients.

Media in the future will come to differ immensely from the circumstances today. At the Panel, Mr. Lo Sun Lai, Corporate Affairs Director at City Telecom (HK) Ltd, ascertained that in regards to telephone use, his company is looking much more into internet now than before. However, since there is still a large proportion of society that relies on television, television will not be abandoned but will remain a vital aspect in the understanding of today’s ICT development. The internet naturally offers more context for development and usage, cites Mr. Lo from the Office of Technology Transition [OTT]. And in cases of congestion where most see a crisis, this should be a place where new choices can be developed as inroads into the congested areas, giving consumers and service providers more choice to choose from.

Convergence media is blurring to the extent that broadcasters using telecom networks have difficulty seeing the lasting differences and attributes between the various authorities of BA and TA, said Mr. Alan Siu, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Economic Development (Information and Technology Development), Commerce and Economic Development Bureau. Ironically, to ensure institutional convergence, a Unified Regulated Authority has been established to serve as an umbrella over the diverse yet related ICT bodies. Telecommunication regulation is built up of a committee structure, and as aforementioned, much of this committee will consist of non-governmental representatives and many will originate from the industry. However, the extremes of state and non-state will not be a fruitful enterprise and end if there is no balanced approach. Mr. Siu proposes to the audience that balance in policies and deregulation of legislation hold the key to this development of ICT.

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BUSINESS IN CHINA THROUGH HONG KONG: KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS & CEPA
Wed 08-Dec-2010 8:00 AM To 11:00 AM

IMG_3035 The relevance and salience of the topic at today’s seminar, fully sponsored by the European Union Business Information Programme (EUBIP) was evident in the full audience as the representative of the European Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Jens-Erik Olsen, delivered the opening remarks. There is growing interest in companies both in Hong Kong and abroad to have a more direct way to doing business in mainland China.

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CEPA SEMINAR: “BUSINESS IN CHINA THROUGH HONG KONG: THE KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS & CEPA”
Wed 08-Dec-2010 8:00 AM To 11:00 AM
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In this seminar, 5 speakers will deliver their insights on the policies, applications, procedures, and opportunities of using CEPA in their business in China. The objective is to bring to light the practical reality of applying CEPA to conducting business in China, and the challenges and opportunities that our guest speakers have experienced from using CEPA.

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DR. FRANZ JESSEN: “TRADE AND INVESTMENT RELATIONS BETWEEN CHINA, EU, AND HONG KONG”
Wed 17-Nov-2010 8:30 AM To 10:30 AM

During his career, Dr. Jessen assumed numerous positions in Asia: he was Deputy Head of the European Commission Delegation to China and Mongolia (2002-2006), in the run up to China joining the WTO he was the Head of the Economic and Trade Section, at the Delegation of the European Commission in Beijing (1998-2006) and before that Commercial Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Commission in Tokyo (1993-1998).

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DR. HELMUT SOHMEN: “HONG KONG: THE PATH TO 2047”
Fri 12-Nov-2010 12:30 AM To 2:30 PM

Dr. Sohmen, who has been involved in multiple capacities both in Hong Kong and abroad with regards to international business and policy setting, will provide the audience with valuable insights and discussion points from decades of experience traversing the globe from his native Austria to hometown Hong Kong.

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CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AREAS OF CUSTOMS, TAX AND ANTI-FRAUD
Tue 31-Aug-2010 8:00 AM To 11:00 AM
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The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong thanks to EU funding (EU Business Information Programme) is delighted to host a Breakfast Seminar for the business community with our Guest of Honor Algirdas Šemeta, EU Commissioner, Taxation and Customs, Anti-Fraud and Audit.

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TRADE MARK PROTECTION AND ENFORCEMENT IN HONG KONG
Thu 05-Nov-2015 6:30 PM To 8:30 PM

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The China IPR SME Helpdesk, in cooperation with the European Chamber in Hong Kong, is delighted to invite you to attend our upcoming “Trade Mark Protection and Enforcement” seminar in Hong Kong on 5 November 2015, starting from 6:30pm at the Wynd Co-Working Space. This evening seminar will employ a hands-on approach and practical advice on a trade mark protection and enforcement from a group of expert speakers.

European SMEs are invited to attend this free of charge event. Please don’t forget to register by e-mail before 4 November 2015. Please help us promote this event to your members and network. 

As an add-on to this seminar, you can request a 1 on 1 consultation with China IPR SME Helpdesk experts Reinout van Malenstein and David Allison.

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Connecting European and Asian Financial Markets: Luncheon with Lord Jonathan Hill, EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union
Fri 13-Nov-2015 12:30 PM To 2:00 PM

The Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) and the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong are delighted to invite you to a luncheon on the occasion of the visit of Lord Jonathan Hill, EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, on 13 November 2015 in Hong Kong.

Following the outbreak of the financial crisis, the EU has put forward an ambitious and unprecedented series of reforms to secure financial stability and improve the supervision of financial markets.

Friday, 13th November 2015, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

27/F, Club Lusitano, 16 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong

Fee: HKD 500

Registration Deadline: 6 November, 2015. 6:00pm

(Limited seats, first-come; first-served basis)

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2015 Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia)
From Thu 03-Dec-2015 9:00 AM To Fri 04-Dec-2015 5:00 PM

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The upcoming Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia) will be held on 3-4 December 2015.

For the latest information and to register, please visit the BIP website.

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Monday, 3 August 2015
European Commission - Daily News Daily News 31 / 07 / 2015 Brussels, 31 July 2015 New EU funding of €116.8 million to strengthen security sector...
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Friday, 17 July 2015
The Cypriot economy, energy questions and progress in the Cyprus talks featured high on the agenda of this visit of President Juncker. The President...
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Wednesday, 15 July 2015
The Commission mobilises additional €35 billion support for Greece. It also presents a new deal for energy consumers and proposes to re-shape the...
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015
International Cooperation and Development Commissioner Neven Mimica takes part in the Third International Conference on Financing for Development...
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Monday, 13 July 2015
In the early morning of 13 July, the Euro summit agreed to start negotiations on a support programme for Greece under the European Stability...
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