Participate in post-master programmes (in Dutch and English) in international and European tax law, indirect taxation and EU customs law. Specially designed for tax specialists with at least several years of professional experience who want to increase their knowledge in both breadth and depth and to network with other professionals.

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Attend the EFS semi-annual conferences (in February and October) to update your knowledge and network with other tax specialists from tax advisory services, multinationals, legal practice, the judiciary, government bodies, tax authorities and academia.

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Top-Level Seminars

Attend in-depth discussions with the most prestigious international speakers and other top international tax specialists to ensure you are fully up-to-date with all the major developments in your field. In English and with a maximum of 25 participants.

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“I chose EFS because of the truly international audience, which allows a great debate between the participants both in and outside the course, and because of the high level of expertise of the teachers, coming not only from advisors but also from customs authorities and industry.”

Bart Caluwé

At the time
VAT Manager
HP International Sàrl
Attended Post-Master in EU Customs Law

Welcome to EFS,
Erasmus University Rotterdam

The European Fiscal Studies Foundation (EFS) is a partnership between the tax departments of the Erasmus University Rotterdam’s Schools of Law and Economics.

EFS has been a leading education and research institute on the impact of international and European law on taxation and customs for over 25 years.

The work of EFS concentrates on the operation of both indirect taxes (covering VAT and customs duties) and direct taxes, focusing on individual taxation, corporate taxation and source taxation in an international and/or European context.

As well as regularly hosting academic conferences, EFS offers a wide range of post-master programmes and top-level seminars.

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Celebration publication – EFS 30 year anniversary

We are pleased to announce that a series of highly interesting contributions on various topical issues in European and international tax has been published in ‘European Fiscal Essays’. With this publication we mark that EFS, Erasmus University Rotterdam has been established on 28 March 1990 and has now in fact already been in existence for over thirty years. The celebration publication has been published by NLFiscaal, but can be purchased from EFS for just 10 EUR. If you would like to receive a copy of ‘European Fiscal Essays’, we kindly ask you to transfer an amount of 10 EUR to IBAN account number NL67ABNA 0500155895 for the benefit of Stichting Europese Fiscale Studies under reference of your name, postal address and ‘jubileumbundel’. As soon as we have received the amount, we will send you a copy. Please find below the contents of the celebration publication.

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EFS Top-Level Seminar ‘Transfer Pricing: Current State of Play and Outlook’ (in English)

Wednesday 7 – Friday 9 April 2021

From Wednesday 7 – Friday 9 April 2021 EFS will hold a top-level seminar on ‘Transfer Pricing: Current State of Play and Outlook’. During this 3-day seminar you and other transfer pricing and tax specialists will discuss the transfer pricing (TP) implications of a wide range of topical issues of the post-BEPS world

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EFS Conference ‘E-commerce, VAT and Customs: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead’

Thursday, 13 February 2020 | 13.30 – 18.30 | Erasmus University Rotterdam

EFS, Erasmus University Rotterdam will present an outlook on indirect tax and e-commerce at its annual spring conference on 13 February 2020.

Seminar Chair

Prof. Walter de Wit – Erasmus School of Law, EFS, EY


Prof. Madeleine Merkx – Erasmus School of Law, EFS, BDO
Prof. Marie Lamensch – Vrije Universiteit Brussel, KU Leuven, UCLouvain
Pascal Schrijver – Leiden University
Frank Heijmann – Dutch Customs Administration


The above speakers will be joined by:
Joachim Englisch, Münster University
Sabina Koczewska – VAT Manager ACT Commodities, former Indirect Tax Manager

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EFS Conference
‘Jongleren met bronbelastingen in de strijd tegen belastingontwijking’

Thursday 10 October 2019 | 13.30 – 18.15 | Erasmus University Rotterdam


EFS is holding its annual direct tax-related conference on ‘Juggling with withholding tax in the fight against tax evasion’ (in Dutch, free of charge, 3 PE Points).


Prof. Peter Kavelaars – Erasmus School of Economics, University of Curaçao (Chair)

Suniel Pancham LLM – KDPS – International Tax Counsel

Prof. Arnaud de Graaf – Erasmus School of Law, BDO

Dr Jan Vleggeert – Leiden University

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Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam is a global, top-100 research university, where ambitious students prepare for an excellent career.

Erasmus University Rotterdam is one the biggest universities in the Netherlands, with a student population of 29,000 and a research community of around 1,600.

On the lively and modern campus, students are constantly encouraged to develop their talents achieve their ambitions in international classrooms of more than 100 nationalities.

Its intensive, career-oriented and research-driven studies are matched by an excellent student life in the dynamic and diverse city of Rotterdam. The university’s research is strongly focused on societal impact on health, wealth, governance and culture.