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  • FEDESSA eNews March 2015

    En este número:

    • FEDESSA General Council Meeting

    The FEDESSA general council met on February 25 In Brussels to sign off on the 2014 financials and plan for 2015. Despite budgeting for a loss the Federation made a small profit of €5,145. This was largely due to the successful Stockholm conference, a reduction in the cost of the new FEDESSA website and changes to the staffing structure and office overheads.

    • Ski Workshop a success and renewed for 2016

    The inaugural European ski workshop, sponsored by Basil Fry, was held in February at Chamonix.   Conditions could hardly have been better for skiing, with 3 days’ of sunshine, barely any wind and a good snow base.  When they were not carving up the slopes delegates got to learn from experts like Andrew McMillan on marketing their business, as well as work shopping pertinent industry issues such as keeping keys, pricing models and insurance options.  All the delegates and sponsors rated the event a success and have committed to holding it again in 2016.  So keep an eye out for dates to be released soon!

    • Eurozone deflation hits –0.6%

    Sharp drop in prices magnifies problems for economic policymakers.

    The Eurozone experienced negative inflation for the second month in a row, (Eurostat estimate 30.01.15). Inflation is expected to be at -0.6%, with consumer prices falling further than economists had forecast.  This is the biggest decline in prices in the history of the Euro; down from -0.2% in December. Eurozone unemployment was at 11.4% in December, compared with 9.9% EU-wide. The drop was driven by the fall in energy prices. Price falls are expected for food, alcohol tobacco and non-energy industrial goods. Only prices for services are expected to increase (1.0%, compared with 1.2% in December).

    • Cross-Border Legal Disputes

    New rules aim to help businesses and consumers to resolve cross-border legal disputes more easily. The rules abolish the costly and lengthy procedure, which is currently used thousands of times per year, to get judgments in civil and commercial matters recognised in other EU Member States

    • European News

    Belgian tax authorities initiate new wave of transfer pricing audits.

    State aid: European Commission investigation into Belgian excess profit ruling system

    France – Extension of Surtax on Corporate Income Tax

    UK Commercial Real Estate - Generous Taxation Opportunities to non-UK Investors

    UK’s ‘Diverted Profits Tax’ proposes a 25% tax rate for taxpayers but leaves open questions

    • Useful Publications

    Confused by the many maternity and paternity leave rules – throughout the EU?

    Sustainable retrofit of commercial buildings, cool climates

    • Worldwide titbits

    New General Manager Steel Storage Australia

    Illicit cigarettes seized in raid including self storage units in Birmingham

    Self Storage Arsonist receives 8 ½ years Jail

    Janus International Group, LLC Acquires Steel Storage Europe


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