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EFS Conference: ‘VAT and customs in the digital age’

Thursday 8th February 2024 | 13.30 – 18.00 | Forumzaal (M3-15), Van der Goot gebouw

On 8 February 2024, EFS is organizing its concluding conference for the three post-master programmes, in EU Customs Law and VAT (Dutch and English edition). The theme of the conference will be: ‘VAT and customs in the digital age’. Five speakers will give their views on the developments which are currently taking place, whereafter an expert panel reflects on the presentation during an interactive discussion.  

VAT and customs in a digital age is a highly relevant topic. Within barely half a year the European Commission has tabled a number of proposals that – once adopted – will significantly change the way VAT and customs duties are levied in the EU. Both VAT in the digital age and the customs reform take advantage of the technological developments to make VAT and customs legislation fit for the digital age. Not surprisingly, these proposals interact with each other, and one has implications for the other. During this EFS conference, we will provide you with both an overview of the plans of the European Commission, but we will also take some deep dives into the areas where these proposals interact.   

We are pleased to invite tax professionals from the Netherlands and abroad with a background in consultancy and practice and working for government authorities, tax and customs administrations, international organisations, industry or the academic world to attend this conference, which will also officially marks and celebrates the completion of the learning journey of participants in the 2023-edition of the EFS post-master programmes in EU Customs Law and VAT (Dutch and English edition).  

The conference is free of charge and participants are eligible for 3 Permanent Education points. 

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14:00 – 14:05 Welcome – Walter de Wit
14:05  – 14:20 VAT in the digital age: an overview of the proposals – Milja Bormann-Bakker
14:20 – 14:35 Reform of the EU Customs Union: an overview of the proposals – Walter de Wit
14:35 – 15:00 Collection of VAT via platforms – Madeleine Merkx
15:00 – 15:20 Break
15:20 – 15:45 Deep-dive Customs – Martijn Schippers
15:45 – 16:10 Ever-increasing reporting obligations – Rogier Vanhorick & Tayla Stocks
16:10 – 17:00 Panel discussion – Pascal Schrijver, Tayla Stocks, Rogier Vanhorick, Martijn Schippers & Madeleine Merkx
17:00 – 18:00 Drinks and networking

Seminar Chair

Prof. Walter de Wit 

Erasmus School of Law, EFS programme director Post-Master Customs Law, Partner EY


dr. Martijn Schippers

Erasmus School of Law, EFS programme coordinator Post-Master Customs Law, Senior Manager EY

Prof. Madeleine Merkx

Erasmus School of Law, EFS programme director Post-Master Indirecte Belastingen & Post-Master EU VAT, Partner BDO

Milja Bormann-Bakker

Programme coordinator Post-Master EU VAT, Partner AKD

Rogier Vanhorick

Global Digital Leader Indirect Tax at Deloitte

Tayla Stocks

Senior Consultant Deloitte with three-years of experience in European VAT in assurance and advisory. Since having joined Deloitte 1 year ago I have further refined my focus on advising clients on the implications of the Digital Reporting pillar of the VAT in the Digital Age (ViDA) Proposal. Moreover I am actively involved in overseeing the ongoing domestic B2B e-invoicing roll-out across various EU member states and non-EU countries.

Pascal Schrijver

Partner/founder at EigerTax in Amsterdam, a niche firm specialising in (inter)national indirect tax consultancy. Before starting EigerTax in 2020, Pascal was an indirect tax partner in the VAT practice of Deloitte Amsterdam. Pascal also teaches VAT at Leiden University and is a member of the VAT Section of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisors (NOB).


Forumzaal (M3-15), Van der Goot gebouw
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

About EFS, Erasmus University Rotterdam

EFS, Erasmus University Rotterdam 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 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 courses and top-level seminars. 

EFS programmes are taught by renowned professors and prestigious 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.