‘EU VAT: Recent Developments and Outlook’

During this 3-day seminar you and other top international indirect tax specialists will discuss the VAT implications of a wide range of topical issues, including the measures recently implemented or soon to be implemented across the EU.

You will be brought fully up-to-date with all the important developments in your field and can be assured of in-depth discussions with prestigious international speakers.

The seminar will be held from Wednesday 25 – Friday 27 September 2019.


Key Benefits

  • In-depth, interactive sessions
  • Intensive 3-day programme
  • 25 participants
  • Bridging theory and practice
  • International networking

As well as details of the ‘quick fixes’ to be introduced in 2020 and a comparison with existing German case law and practice, we will be discussing the initial experience of the VAT rules introduced in 2019 for the treatment of vouchers, transactions in shares and deduction of input tax at a holding company level, cross-border VAT aspects of head office/branch structures, and the EU and Italian approaches to rectifying invoices. You will also be updated on the Commission’s proposals for the digital economy, with specific attention for the role of online platforms, and the extension of the MOSS combined with the removal of the exemption for imports of small consignments. Other issues discussed will include an update on the state of play regarding Brexit and related VAT and customs issues.


The final day of the seminar will ensure you are up-to-speed with all the relevant developments in Court of Justice case law. The seminar will end with a Q&A session on any remaining VAT issues you would like to raise.

Participants are top specialists  from tax advisory services, legal practice, the judiciary, government bodies, tax authorities and academia.



  • Jeroen Bijl, International Tax Center Leiden, Netherlands
  • Prof. Dennis Ramsdahl Jensen, Professor at Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences, Denmark
  • Prof. Herman van Kesteren, Professor at Tilburg University & Partner at PwC Netherlands
  • Prof. Marie Lamensch, Professor at Institute for European Studies, Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Professor at KU Leuven and UClouvain, Belgium
  • Ronny Langer, Partner at KÜFFNER MAUNZ LANGER ZUMAIER Rechtsanwaltgesellschaft mbH, Germany
  • Prof. Madeleine Merkx, Professor at Erasmus School of Law, Boardmember at EFS, Partner at BDO, Netherlands
  • Andrea Parolini, Universita Cattolica of Piacenza, Maisto e Associati, Italy
  • Prof. Walter de Wit, Professor at Erasmus School of Law, Partner at EY, EFS Programme Director/Board member


Dates and Times

From Wednesday 25 September (12.00 hrs) to Friday 27 September (16.00 hrs) 2019.



The seminar will be held at the Erasmus University Rotterdam campus, Woudestein.

EFS, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Bayle Building, J5-29
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
The Netherlands



Hotel accommodation close to the Erasmus University Rotterdam campus will be available for all participants.



€ 2,450 (this includes all seminar materials and meals and two nights of hotel accommodation).



The seminar will be in English.


Target Group

EFS is looking forward to welcoming top-level indirect tax specialists who want to discuss recent and future developments in VAT and to network with peers from the following backgrounds:

  • tax advisory services ((senior)managers, directors and partners)
  • multinationals ((senior)VAT managers and heads of indirect tax)
  • legal practice (associates and partners)
  • judicial authorities (judges in indirect taxation at courts of first instance or higher/supreme courts)
  • government bodies (senior policy advisors and heads)
  • tax authorities (heads of indirect tax)
  • academia (PhD researchers, assistant professors, associate professors and full professors)


Group Size

As groups will comprise a maximum of 25 participants, you can be assured of optimal and active participation.


Accredition / Continuing professional development

The programme is accredited and you will therefore be eligible for continuing professional development (‘Permanent Education’) points in line with the rules applied by your own professional organisation. This programme comprises 16 hours of tax-related study, based on the professional development required by the Dutch Association of Tax Advisors. You can find more information about this on the EFS website and on the website of your professional organisation.



All participants will receive a certificate of attendance issued by EFS, Erasmus University Rotterdam


For more information click here or contact:

Ted Braakman
Seminar Coordinator
E-Mail: braakman@law.eur.nl
Tel: +31 (0)6 23 85 01 61


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