About Brussels Economy and Employment

Brussels Economy and Employment's mission is to develop a sustainable economy and employment in the Brussels-Capital Region. It is one of six administrative bodies within the Brussels Regional Public Service. Its services are primarily focused on businesses and workers.
Our three principal missions are: 
  1. To develop the economy
    Our role is to encourage sustainable economic development, taking into account the specific nature of the Brussels economy.
  2. To support employment
    We support those creating employment in the Brussels-Capital Region. We also take responsibility for providing an inspection policy.
  3. To guide investors and companies involved in exports
    We support businesses in Brussels in their undertakings towards internationalisation and we look to attract foreign investors.


Brussels Economy and Employment offers subsidies for business in Brussels.  Under certain conditions, it provides investment grants and informal subsidies (allocated outside any legal framework).
It organises Central Jury examinations for entering the profession and provides advice to accredited enterprise counters.
Brussels Economy and Employment also provides support for businesses in the agri-food sector.
It also grants authorizations to travel agencies in the Brussels-Capital Region.
Finally, it represents the Region in the economic field.
Brussels Economy and Employment allocates more than 3,000 grants to businesses each year, amounting over 36 million euros.


Brussels Economy and Employment supports the creation of employment in a number of ways:
  • handling requests for work permits and professional cards for foreign workers,
  • inspection of companies regarding compliance with legislation concerning the use of foreign workers,
  • authorization of private employment agencies (temping, recruitment and selection, outplacement) and verification that legal obligations are observed,
  • authorization and funding of placement companies and initiatives developing employment,
  • management of service vouchers (from January 1st 2016),
  • handling requests for reimbursement for paid educational leave,
  • processing requests for subsidies to the Fund for Professional Experience,
  • granting subsidies to projects aimed at supporting employment.
Brussels Economy and Employment handles 12,000 work permit requests and grants 10,800 permits each year.

Foreign trade and investments

Brussels Economy and Employment ensures the promotion of the Region towards foreign investors.
It also encourages foreign trade and provides guidance to companies involved in exports.
Brussels Economy and Employment offers a network of 95 economic and commercial attachés across the world. Every year, our service Brussels Invest & Export organises around seventy activities.
Get to know Brussels Invest & Export


Our administration consists of around 350 staff and is made up of 3 departments:
  • the Economy Department,
  • the Employment Department,
  • Brussels Invest & Export.
The Director General heads up the administrative team. The Coordination and Financial Directorate supports the three departments (preparation of policy, development of regulations, ICT, communication).
To find out more about each department :
Did you know?
In 2015, some important competences have been regionalised. From now on Brussels Economy and Employment is in charge of numerous matters in the area of employment.

Contact Contact

Brussels Economy and Employment
Bd du Jardin botanique, 20
1035 Bruxelles
E Contact form
T +32 (0)2 800 34 52
F +32 (0)2 800 38 04

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