About Brussels Economy and Employment
- To develop the economy
Our role is to encourage sustainable economic development, taking into account the specific nature of the Brussels economy.
- To support employment
We support those creating employment in the Brussels-Capital Region. We also take responsibility for providing an inspection policy.
- 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.
The Economy Department consists of around 100 staff.
This service supports the economic development of the Brussels-Capital Region. Indeed, this service:
- offers subsidies for business in Brussels. Under certain conditions, it provides investment grants and informal subsidies (allocated outside any legal framework)
- organises Central Jury examinations for accessing certain professions and provides advice to accredited enterprise counters
- provides support for businesses in the agri-food sector
- grants authorizations to travel agencies
- registers tourist accommodation in the Brussels-Capital Region
- controls business subsidies, travel agencies, licenses for firearms and ammunition, access to the profession, itinerant trade as well as tourist accommodation
- Over 4,000 requests for support examined
- 242 travel agencies authorized in the Brussels-Capital Region
- 4,000 samples of food products analysed by Brucefo
- Informal subsidies granted to a total value of around 30 million euros
- Nearly 1,500 companies monitored
The Department counts about 100 staff.
- 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
- authorization of service voucher companies
- inspection of private employment agencies and service voucher companies
- handling requests for reimbursement for paid educational leave and for the Fund for Professional Experience
- granting subsidies to projects aimed at supporting employment
- Around 12,000 work permit requests examined and 10,800 permits granted
- 1,200 requests for reimbursement of paid educational leave and a budget of 18.3 million euros
- 205 million euros dedicated to the system of service vouchers
and 367 companies approved to operate with service vouchers in the Brussels-Capital Region
- Over 7 million euros to support the social economy
- 554 accredited private employment agencies in the Brussels-Capital Region
- Recognition and funding of 100 companies and not-for-profit organisations in the social economy
- Nearly 3,000 interventions at employers
This service works on behalf of the economic development of the Brussels-Capital Region by fulfilling a two-fold mission:
- Helping Brussels companies to expand into international markets.
- Prospecting among foreign companies and assisting them in planning their strategic relocation to the capital of Europe.