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EFS Conference: ‘Globalisation, Digitalisation and Sustainability’

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 | 13:00h – 18:00h | Erasmus University Rotterdam

EFS, Erasmus University Rotterdam, will provide an outlook on how Globalisation, Digitalisation and Sustainability influences the future development in taxation during a congress on 14 June 2022.

After more than 30 years EFS changed its juridical organisation from a foundation in a limited company (BV), wholly owned by the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Relating to this the name is also changed from European Fiscal Studies in Erasmus Fiscal Studies. The abbreviation remains the same: EFS. The fiscal departments of the Erasmus School of Law and of the Erasmus School of Economics, the founding fathers of EFS, remain the organizing institutions.

The congress is organised because of the 30th anniversary of EFS which was two years ago. Due to Covid19 it was impossible to organise the congress at that time. The Board of EFS, Peter Kavelaars and Maarten de Wilde, is pleased to invite you to participate in this congress. At the congress we will also take the opportunity to formally present our celebration publication – European Fiscal Essays – containing a number of highly interesting contributions on various topics on European and international taxation which was originally published in December 2020.

The congress focuses on three very relevant international developments: globalisation, digitalisation and sustainability. These developments will have an important impact on the future of tax systems in all countries of the world. This influence is relevant to all types of taxation. Therefore, we discuss the three topics for the main groups of taxes: direct taxation, value added taxation and customs. For each topic and each tax we invited experts to give their view and opinion. Therefore, we invited nine speakers. Each of them will give a short introduction of 15 minutes. After these nine introductions there is room for internal discussions between the experts and to discuss the topics with the audience.

We are pleased to invite tax professionals from the Netherlands and abroad with a background in consultancy and practice and working for government authorities, direct and indirect tax, and customs administrations, international organisations, industry or the academic world to attend this conference.

The conference is free of charge and participants are eligible for 4 Permanent Education points.

We look forward to welcoming you on Tuesday, 14 June 2022!

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13:30 – 13:40 Welcome – Peter Kavelaars
13:40 – 13:45 Introduction – Han Kogels
13:45 – 14:00 Globalisation: Customs – Walter de Wit
14:00 – 14:15 Globalisation: Direct Tax – Maarten de Wilde
14:15 – 14:30 Globalisation: VAT – Allard van Nes
14:30 – 14:45 Digitalisation: VAT – Madeleine Merkx
14:45 – 15:00 Digitalisation: Direct Tax – Ronald Russo
15:00 – 15:15 Digitalisation: Customs – Frank Heijmann
15:15 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 16:00 Sustainability: VAT – Edoardo Traversa
16:00 – 16:15 Sustainability: Direct Tax – Jan Vleggeert
16:15 – 16:30 Sustainability: Customs – Martijn Schippers
16:30 – 17:30 Discussion
17:30 – 18:30 Drinks and Networking


Erasmus University Rotterdam
Campus Woudestein
Van der Goot Building (M)
Room Forum, M3-15 (3rd floor)
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Seminar Chair

Em. Prof. Han Kogels

Erasmus School of Law,
Erasmus School of Economics, EFS


Prof. Madeleine Merkx

Erasmus School of Law, EFS, BDO

Prof. Ronald Russo

Tilburg University,
Dutch Tax Authority

Frank Heijmann

Dutch Customs Authority

Allard van Nes

Universiteit Leiden, FrieslandCampina

Prof. Maarten de Wilde

Erasmus School of Law, EFS, PwC

Walter de Wit

Erasmus School of Law, EFS, EY

Prof. Edoardo Traversa

Catholic University of Louvain,
KU Leuven, WU Vienna and Oxford University,
Of Counsel Arteo

Prof. Jan Vleggeert

Universiteit Leiden

Martijn Schippers

Erasmus School of Law, EFS, EY

About EFS, Erasmus University Rotterdam

EFS has been a leading education and research institute in the fields of indirect taxes (VAT and customs duties) and direct taxes (personal, corporate and source taxation) in a European and wider international context for over 30 years. EFS aims to pursue and promote academic education and research exploring the implications of international, and particularly EU, law for national tax systems. As well as regularly hosting academic symposia, conferences and lectures, EFS offers a wide range of post-master programmes and top-level seminars.

EFS programmes are taught by renowned professors and guest speakers, whose experience and reputation in their specialised fields guarantee high educational standards. The programmes are designed for tax specialists with several or more years of professional experience, with the diversity in the backgrounds of participants and speakers making EFS a unique network platform for exchanging knowledge.