Brussels wins Regional Innovation Award
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).
This call for projects will be repeated in 2017.
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
Discover the "Brussels Young Exporters Program" and "Import-Export Assistants"
Wanted : hackatons !
- 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 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!
Tourist accomodation : deadline of 23/07/2016
Tourist accommodation: in force as of 24/04/2016
Brussels Invest & Export network at the service of your company
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
All information about the calls for projects (in French or in Dutch)
Info sessions about the tourist accommodation
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
Service vouchers: want to start up this activity?
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).
Entrepreneurship Fair 2016
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 !
rue du Progrès/Vooruitgangsstraat 80, 1035 Brussels.
Brussels Business Days : Entrepreneurs have the floor !
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.
Happy New Year 2016 !
Journée Entreprises 2015 et Brussels Best Exporters 2015
New measure for long-term residents
Discover Brussels Economy and Employment on 4/10
At Boulevard du Jardin botanique, 20 in 1000 Brussels.
- Ready to become a freelancer or entrepreneur? Evaluate your management skills during an exam simulation.
- Find out more about agriculture in Brussels.
Quiz about agriculture in Brussels with the chance to win a basket of Brussels products and tasting of crickets from Brussels.
- Are you interested in taking part in an economic mission? Come and meet the staff members of Brussels Invest & Export.
- Discover the projects selected in the frame of the new ERDF 2014-2020 programme financed jointly by Europe and the Region.
- Find out all you need to know about Brussels Regional Public Service's job offers, our professions, the Brussels Regional Public Service's diversity policy and how to apply.
- How is the regional tax collected and how is it used in the regional budget? An interactive and educational itinerary will be available.
Brussels Best Exporters : call for applications
Closing date: Friday 23 October 2015 at midnight!
Croats are exempt from the type B work permit obligation
Paid educational leave and service voucher companies
Submit your refund request
Paid educational leave
Indeed, during an employee's educational leave, the employer pays them their wages. After the training, the employer or the employer's social secretariat can request a refund.
Request the refund of paid educational leave (Available in French or Dutch)
Service voucher companies
Private employment agencies and travel agencies
Submit your activity report or the required statistics
Private employment agencies
A paid leave to take training courses
Two business funds
Economic activity in Brussels
Access to the profession
Central examining board
For all questions and in order to register your company at the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises , please contact an enterprise counter.
You do not hold the required degree or do not have sufficient professional experience that allow you to prove basic management skills or professional competence? In that case you need to pass an exam before registering your company at the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises.
You can register for the exams at the Brussels Economy and Employment website.
Please consult the Brussels Economy and Employment website in order to apply for a licence.
Non-European self-employed workers
Please consult the Brussels Economy and Employment website in order to apply for an occupation card.
Entreprendre trade fair
Free access to the trade fair and the various conferences if you sign up online.
Subsidies for companies on Metrotime
- Les entreprises bruxelloises peuvent compter sur une prime quand elles investissent dans leur sécurisation
- Bruxelles Économie et Emploi soutient les petites entreprises en cas de perte de revenus
- La Région de Bruxelles-Capitale soutient les projets « verts » des entreprises
- La Région Bruxelles-Capitale soutient l'économie sociale
- Brusselse bedrijven kunnen rekenen op een premie bij beveiligingsinvesteringen
- Brussel Economie en Werkgelegenheid ondersteunt kleine ondernemingen bij verlies van inkomen
- Het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest ondersteunt groene projecten van lokale ondernemingen
- Het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest steunt de sociale economie
Works taking place in front of your business?
Under certain conditions you can obtain a financial aid worth 76.30 euro per day of closure - as from the 8th day following the day of closure of the hindered business.
More information about the income loss compensation.
Recruitment non-European worker
Organic products in Brussels
Guides to work permits
To help foreign nationals and Brussels employers who recruit non-European employees, Brussels Economy and Employment has set up two tools. These allow you to find out, in a few clicks, what steps you need to undertake when the employee is not exempt from a work permit:
- Does the employee not have a work permit yet?
Find out what sort of work permit should be applied for.
- Does the employee already have a work permit?
Find out if the employee is allowed to work for a new employer with this work permit.
Social economy supported by the Region
The legislation foresees specific periods during which this accreditation can be applied for. The next period starts on 01/01.
Apply for accreditation and financing as a social economy company
Seek advice from a specialised agency
Website more accessible
Symposium for food companies - 20/11/2014
The seminar will focus on best practices, legislation, inspection procedures and the risks of compound migration.
Consult the seminar program and register.
Update of the training aids
Brussels Economy and Employment on LinkedIn
Guide to business aids
Read the symposium documents.
Support measures for traders
Consult the online folder.
Consult all support measures for SMEs.
Entreprendre 2014 trade fair
Brussels Best Exporters 2013
Symposium on urban agriculture
Brucefo had already been accredited for the enumeration of E. Coli at 37°C (Afnor BRD-07/7- 12/04 and Rapid' E. Coli 2 of Biorad) and the enumeration of the total bacteria at 30°C (ISO 4833) in all eatables.
Find out more about Brucefo's accreditation scope
Supervision of travel agencies
According to the regulation in place since October 2012 a travel agency that participates in the holiday fair must be recognized by Brussels Economy and Employment.
Atomia - Brussels' Women for Science
The «Atomia» award aims to promote the position of women in scientific research and innovation in the Brussels-Capital Region and increase the scientific vocation of young girls to Brussels. The Brussels-capital region via "Atomia" wants to valorize the scientific capacities of women in Brussels.
When are you eligible? How do you take part in the contest? Visit the website of Innoviris (in French).
Exemption from the type-B work permit
Type-B work permits
"Brussels Best Exporters 2013" award
The call for applications was launched on 17 October 2013. The award will be presented in the presence of all the economic and trade attachés.
Support for the agricultural and food sector
To defend the interests of this sector, Brussels Economy and Employment also takes part in the consultations with the two other regions and with the federal authorities. In addition, Brussels Economy and Employment is also a partner in the European "School Milk" and "School Fruit & Vegetables" programmes, which concern a subsidy that is co-financed by the Brussels Capital Region..
"School Fruit and Vegetables" Programme
This year, 78 schools and 7,091 students took part in this programme through Brussels Economy and Employment.
Support for “School Milk”
Thanks to the co-financing provided by the Brussels Capital Region, the European support is doubled.
Since 1 September 2013, organic products get extra support.
This year, 146 schools have signed up for this through Brussels Economy and Employment.
Call for projects with regard to the equipment of technical schools
The schools had until 30 September to submit their file, and they could receive full financing for a project costing from 30,000 to 100,000 euros.
For this action, 54 projects were submitted for a total amount of 2,800,000 €. An expert jury made a selection, for an amount of 800,000 €. The chosen files will be approved by the Brussels Capital Government in November 2013.
B.Y.E.P. & I.E.A.: Trainings on international trade
Brussels Invest & Export
Work permits: Croatian, Bulgarian and Romanian workers
Work permit : Croatian workers
Aid for businesses : modifications
This section also provides information about the obligations of Brussels organic processors, distributors, retailers and other operators.
Agricultural and food businesses
Learn more about the regulations and the formalities to obtain a work permit.
Temporary employment agencies
Entreprendre 2013 Trade Fair
The Economy and Employment Administration will be present at the « Entreprendre 2013 / Ondernemen 2013 » trade fair, which is to take place on 20 & 21 March, from 9.30 AM until 6 PM, in Tour & Taxis. Do you have any questions about the various types of regional aid? Come and meet our Administration's staff in the corner « Entreprendre à Bruxelles » to find out more about the financial aid the Brussels Capital Region offers. As from now, you can sign up on the website for a badge that gives you free access to the trade fair and to the various conferences.
For more information : www.entreprendre2013.be