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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Join the EFS bi-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 Seminar

Attend in-depth discussions with the most prestigious international speakers and other top international indirect 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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EFS conference ‘50 Years of the EU Customs Union and EU VAT System’

Thursday, 14 February 2019 | 13.30 – 18.30 | Erasmus University Rotterdam


EFS is holding its annual indirect tax-related conference (free of charge, 3 PE Points) on 14 February 2019, this year celebrating 50 years of the EU Customs Union and EU VAT System by presenting an outlook on various developments, challenges and alternatives.

At this EFS conference, academic and professional experts will share their views with you on the above. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the possible consequences in practice.

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Post-Master Internationaal & Europees Belastingrecht 2019

Module 1   11- 15 March 2019
Module 2   3 – 7 June 2019

In the spring of 2019, 11-15 March and 3-7 June, EFS organises the next edition of the Dutch language programme on Direct Taxation.

The programme is held in two modules of one week each. The first module will examine the European and international tax implications for businesses, investors and cross-border employment. The second module will focus on base erosion and profit shifting by multinationals.

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EFS Seminar: ‘Jongleren met de dividendbelasting in de strijd tegen brievenbusmaatschappijen’


EFS was planning to hold its annual direct tax-related seminar on 16 October 2018. This was intended to focus on the Dutch government’s controversial plans to abolish dividend tax, the related plans targeting tax havens and shell companies, and other headlining issues.

When the government announced that it would be reconsidering these plans, EFS decided to postpone the seminar until further notice. We now expect the Ministry of Finance to publish new proposals on these subjects in 2019 and will reschedule the seminar as soon as more details of these plans are known.

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EFS Top-Level Seminar 2018 ‘EU VAT: Recent Developments and Outlook’


We are pleased to announce that ‘EU VAT: Recent Developments and Outlook’ 2018 is now fully booked.

If you would still like to attend this event or to participate in 2019 (more details to follow shortly), please sign the waiting list by emailing Ted Braakman, programme coordinator, at

From Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 September 2018 EFS will hold a top-level seminar (in English) on ‘EU VAT: Recent Developments and Outlook’ at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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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 23,000 and a research community of around 1,400.

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.