Brussels wins Regional Innovation Award

The Brussels Regional Program for Circular Economy (BRPCE) received the "Regional Innovation Award 2016". This award puts Brussels at the top of European policy in the field of circular economy.

The award for regional innovation is organized by the Assembly of European Regions (AER) and distinguishes the European regional authorities and their partners who stimulate, promote and implement innovation. The prize encourages best practices by showing how regions can contribute to regional economic welfare.

The circular economy aims to drastically reduce the waste of resources while reducing the impact on our environment and increasing prosperity.

Brussels played its trump card by adopting the Regional Program for Circular Economy as early as March 2016. This program consists of 111 measures that provide Brussels and its population with the necessary means to accelerate the transition from "to mine-produce-consume-throw away" to "repair-produce-consume-reuse".


Laureates of the call for projects to combat discrimination

Early this year, the minister of Employment launched a call for "innovative projects to combat discrimination and promote diversity and equality in employment." More than 40 project sponsors submitted their candidacy.

The files have now been analyzed and the jury has chosen 12. The subsidy budget of € 745,000 will be divided among the winners based on the needs of each project.

The 12 initiatives that were retained are:

#OPENJOBTESTING (Collectif contre l'islamophobie en Belgique / MRAX), "Job Coaching UCM" (UCM national), "Brux'Elles" (Pour la Solidarité), BXL Diversity Booster (PAX Christi Wallonie-Bruxelles), "Diwan Awards" (Divers-City), "Recruitment on the basis of competence '(commune of Koekelberg), "Brugcoach voor vormingscentrum Molenbeek "(Groep Intro vzw), Réseau Employeurs Travailleurs (Mission locale pour l'emploi de Forest)," Inclusief werken in de praktijk" (ELLA), "Coaching des handicapés chercheurs d'emploi handicapés" (Diversicom), "Pacte"(ULB / METICES), "Coach'Me " (CGSLB).

More details on this call for projects and the winners can be found on our website in FR and NL.

This call for projects will be repeated in 2017.


Responsive websites

Recently, the websites of Brussels Economy Employment and Brussels Invest & Export have become fully responsive. This means it does no longer matter whether you are surfing with a PC, laptop or smartphone: the new websites automatically adapt to the screen size of the device you are using.

The second major change is the new URL of the websites. The suffix ".irisnet.be" has disappeared and was replaced by ".brussels".  From now on the URLs to remember are: www.economy-employment.brussels and www.invest-export.brussels.

 


News on service vouchers

For authorized service voucher companies and their employees: new app to register performances!
 
Job Tracker is a (mobile) application for electronic service voucher employees. This application allows employees to enter their performances in a few simple steps. They just have to download the app on their smartphone, enter the name of their clients and the hours they worked for them.
 
You can find all information about this app on the Sodexo website (in NL and FR).
 
For all service voucher users: new bank account!
 
Since the regionalization of service vouchers on January 1, 2016 a new bank account was put into use for ordering service vouchers: BE28 0017 7246 3620.
 
Please note that the old account is no longer active!
 

Discover the "Brussels Young Exporters Program" and "Import-Export Assistants"

Brussels Invest & Export and its partners are pleased to invite you to the graduation ceremony of the 2016 "Brussels Young Exporters Program" and "Import-Export Assistants". A great opportunity to discover our trainings through the testimonies of trainees and participating companies.
 
Your company wants to expand its business internationally? These training programs in international trade techniques are ideal to welcome qualified trainees without costs and to benefit from their expertise in export. And you also have the advantage to meet potential future employees.
 
Candidates are trained by us in two job profiles: The Import-Export Assistants (mainly administrative), and Trainees  of the Brussels Young Exporters Program (focused on international trade and prospecting).
 
The presentation of the graduation certificates will take place in the presence of our guardianship ministers and their representatives. The ceremony will conclude with a networking reception.
 

Practical info:

Wednesday 28 September 2016 as from 11h30
At the Brussels Parliament (Salle des Glaces) rue du Lombard 69 in1000 Bruxelles

Registration:

Participation to this event is free of charge but registration is mandatory (because of limited capacity).
Please register via the online form.
 

Wanted : hackatons !

A call for projects for the organisation of hackathons in the Brussels Region is launched by the Secretary of State in charge of IT and Digitalisation and the Brussels Regional Public Service. Application dossiers for grants must be sent before 15/09/2016.
 
Fancy organising a hackathon and contributing towards solving problems faced by people in Brussels ? Check whether you are eligible for a grant.
  • You represent a non-profit organisation or a formal association, situated in the Brussels-Capital Region and active in the area of IT.
  • You plan to organise a hackathon within the Brussels-Capital Region between 1 October and 31 December 2016.
  • The hackathon will aim to contribute towards solving one of society's problems by enabling collaboration between programmers, all kinds of developers, and project managers, with a view to creating a software project.
  • You can submit your grant application with the Brussels Regional Public Service, before 15/09/2016.
 
 

Small Business Act: 77 specific measures for SME's and self-employed

The Brussels government has approved the Small Business Act, a plan to support SME's and entrepreneurship.  Between 2016 and 2025 some 77 measures will be implemented, aimed specifically at SME's and self-employed.

The SBA aims to create a business friendly environment, to improve access to financing, to focus on  diversity, to improve relations between SME's and the Brussels capital region and to support businesses through societal evolutions.The plan is the fruit of months of consultation with the various economic operators and the public services that are active on that domain.
 
 
 

Eating healthy from early age on!

Thanks to the "School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme", an initiative co-financed by the Brussels-Capital Region, all primary school pupils can enjoy free portions of fruit and vegetables at school.
To that effect, the school buys fruit and vegetables with funding from Brussels Economy and Employment.
So do not hesitate and register your school for the scheme using our form.

Tourist accomodation : deadline of 23/07/2016

You ran the accommodation before 24/04/2016 ?
Your accommodation was not recognised by the COCOF (Commission of the French-speaking Community) or the Flemish Community ?
In that case you have to prove - before 23/07/2016 - that you were already active before April 24th in order to receive an extra year of time to register your accommodation.
 
 

Tourist accommodation: in force as of 24/04/2016

Guest rooms, studios, tourist residences, youth hostels, camping sites, hotels, etc. All tourist accommodations in the Brussels-Capital Region are now subject to a regulation. Everyone who runs or wishes to run this type of accommodation must fulfill a series of general and specific requirements. Among other things, a prior declaration file must be submitted to Brussels Economy and Employment so as to have the accommodation registered in one of the defined categories. People who already ran their establishment prior to 24/04/2016 can benefit from transitional measures to put things in order. The others must conform to the regulation before they can start running their tourist accommodation business.
More information

Brussels Invest & Export network at the service of your company

Need export advice? Many economic and trade attachés will be in Brussels on 23 June, 24 June or from 27 until 30 June.

These contact days offer you an excellent occasion to initiate or fine-tune an export project with the attaché established in the country you're targeting: this attaché has the expertise to advise you and to facilitate your export proceedings.

Call for projects

Do you have a project that will contribute to the development of the economy, the employment or the urban agriculture in the Brussels Capital Region? Do you need financing? You can receive an optional grant, given by the competent minister. Five calls for projects are ongoing. If your project meets the criteria, send in your application!
All information about the calls for projects (in French or in Dutch)

Info sessions about the tourist accommodation

Certain federations are organising info sessions on the new regulations with regard to the tourist accommodation situated in the Brussels Capital Region. Please register to take part in these info sessions.
 

Free evening info sessions organised by Bed and Brussels

  • Operators and future operators of homestay accommodation: 20 April 2016: no more places available
  • Owners of (furnished) tourist residences: 11 May 2016
  • Operators and future operators of homestay accommodation: 30 May 2016
  • Owners of (furnished) tourist residences: 9 June 2016
Sessions in French – question and answer session in French/Dutch

Service vouchers: want to start up this activity?

Every company that wishes to pursue activities that are paid for with service vouchers in the Brussels Capital Region must apply with the Region for authorisation. To obtain this authorisation, the manager or an employee of the company must take a one-day training course. This training concerns the service voucher system: the regulation, the functioning of the system, the training fund, etc. The training is organised by Brussels Economy and Employment, in the presence of Sodexo and the sectorial service voucher fund.
Interested?
The next training is to take place on 7 June 2016 To take part in the training (the language used for the training is still to be determined), please submit the registration form before 25 May.
More information (in French).
 

Tourist accommodations

On 24 March 2016, the Brussels government validated the decree that executes the ordinance dated 8 May 2014 with regard to tourist accommodation. As soon as this regulation will come into force, the thousands of guest houses, tourist residences, hotels and other accommodation types situated in the Brussels Capital Region will, as a result, be subject to a series of obligations, among which submitting a prior declaration.
 

Entrepreneurship Fair 2016

At the Entrepreneurship Fair, Brussels Economy and Employment will inform entrepreneurs about the regional subsidies and the support offered by Brussels Invest & Export. Come visit us at Tour and Taxis on 16 and 17 March (9.30 AM - 7 PM and 9.30 AM - 18 PM).
To gain free entry to the fair, please register.
More information can be found at www.entreprendreondernemen.be

Facultative subsidies - calls for projects

Facultative subsidies: eight thematic calls for projects will be launched in 2016 !

As of 2016, the granting of facultative subsidies for Economy and Employment will no longer be structured around a general call for projects that stays open throughout the year, but around eight thematic calls for projects, each with their own practical aspects and time frame, based on specific regulations.
 
Current call for projects:
The call for projects « youth entrepreneurial awareness » is launched, from 2 March until 18 April 2016, for projects that will raise young people's awareness of entrepreneurship.  
 
An information session is to take place on Wednesday 16 March from 9.15 AM until 11.30 AM in the Iris conference room (floor 1,5) of the Brussels North Station building (Communication Centre North (CCN)).
rue du Progrès/Vooruitgangsstraat 80, 1035 Brussels.

Brussels Business Days : Entrepreneurs have the floor !

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Guidance, financing, company location: take part in the reforms and participate in the Brussels Business Days from 14 until 17 March 2016 at Tour & Taxis.
 
The government wishes to involve and consult Brussels companies, especially where the practical aspects of the implementation and the priority fields of action are concerned.
Since the beginning of February, a dialogue between Didier GOSUIN, the Minister of Economy, and the Brussels entrepreneurs is taking place on social networks.

These exchanges will provide input for thematic workshops. Register now for the Brussels Business Days: you will be able to express your practical needs there.

Consult our website to discover the event programme.

 


Service vouchers

In order to provide services in the Brussels Capital Region, any company that was not accredited prior to 1 January 2016 needs to be accredited by the Region. A representative of the company will have to fulfil various formalities with Brussels Economy and Employment to obtain an accreditation as a service voucher company (in French). Companies that were already accredited before 2016 will be accredited automatically.
Furthermore, Brussels inhabitants who wish to work within the framework of the service vouchers are asked to contact a service voucher company.
 
Ordering service vouchers
From now on, Brussels inhabitants have to use the bank account number BE28 0017 7246 3620.
The Brussels service vouchers have been in circulation since the beginning of January.
 
For further information, please consult the Brussels website of Sodexo.

Happy New Year 2016 !

Happy New Year 2016 !

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