Horeca Brussels 2017 fair at la Bourse

October 23rd from 10 - 17h "Centrale de l’Emploi", in collaboration with the City of Brussels and the "Fédération Horeca", organises its second fair dedicated to the sector of hotels, restaurants and bars at the Bourse, Anspach Boulevard. 

The fair aims at :

• Jobseekers who are interested in a job or education in the catering sector.
• Employers / professionals who want to recruit skilled workers.
• Starters who want more information about financial tools and advice for starting up their business.

The event is free but registration is required on line

On the agenda : Job offers, training, advice, testimonials from young starters, tastings, conferences (support, regulation, ...) there's something for everyone!

New program “Fruits, vegetables and dairy products at school”

Starting from school year 2017-2018, the Brussels Capital Region will launch its own strategy in order to allow schools to distribute fruits, vegetables and dairy products to their students at no cost.

The "Fruit, vegetables and milk products at school”-program appeals to the wider "Good Food Strategy" and targets all students of French and Dutch primary schools in Brussels. The intention is to sensitize the younger generation to a positive way about the importance of balanced nutrition, with the emphasis on local, seasonal and healthy products.

Find out more about this program.

Find a private employment agency

Are you looking for a private employment agency approved by the Brussels-Capital Region? Go to our new search engine which allows you to find a private employment agency in just a few clicks.

2016 activity report of the Brussels Regional Public Service

The activity report of the Brussels Regional Public Service gives a clear picture of the daily work in the administration, and explains at the same time  the most important competences of the Brussels capital region.

Simplifying, upgrading, collaborating, facilitating relocations, sharing, supporting and guiding, promoting equal opportunities and diversity, sustainable action: these are the eight themes around which the report was built. The richly illustrated report highlights seventy-seven projects carried out by the Brussels administration in 2016.

New this year is an interactive map of the region, which shows the projects discussed.

Discover the 2016 Activity Report in French and in Dutch.


Call for projects «Next Tech»

This call for projects will run from June 28 until the 1st of September 2017.

This call is intended for any innovative project that contributes to the creation of an environment that promotes the development and growth of companies in the field of information and communication technologies.

July 5th 2017 an information session will be organized with Brussels Economy and Employment.

Registration required via projeteconomie@sprb.brussels.

More information in French or Dutch

Service vouchers

The Brussels-Capital Region promotes employment, training and diversity. The region has modified the regulations with regard to the service vouchers.

From now on service vouchers agencies have to comply with two supplementary conditions in order to obtain an authorization:

  • Every 5 years the agency has to submit a signed copy of the "Brussels diversity charter in the service vouchers sector" to Brussels Economy and Employment.
  • The agency's managers must enjoy full civil and political rights and may not have been recently condemned for an offence in fiscal or social matters or pertaining the regulation concerning service vouchers, nor may they have been a party to a bankruptcy in the past 3 years.

Furthermore your agency will receive a more substantial aid by proving that 60% of the establishment units' service vouchers staff have actually been recruited amongst job seekers and that your agency promotes diversity and training. We would like you to pass on this information to your establishment units.

More information with regard to the authorization requirements and the service vouchers agencies' obligations.

Business Day Brussels Invest & Export

On Wednesday June 28, Brussels Invest & Export offers you the unique opportunity to meet its 34 overseas economic and commercial attachés.

Whether you are planning to prospect a particular market, are following up on a business relationship or would like to inform our attachés of your problems accessing foreign markets: to be able to talk to several economic and commercial attachés in one venue at the same evening is an unbeatable opportunity that you must grab!

To schedule your personal meetings (+-30 minutes) with our attachés, please subscribe via the online form before June 20, 2017.

More information.


Call for projects "Diversity and anti-discrimination"

The call for projects "diversity and anti-discrimination" runs from May 19 to July 15, 2017.

This call aims to encourage realistic and innovative actions to combat discrimination during employment, or that help support and build the diversity in companies, organizations, private and government agencies.

An information session with Brussels Economics and Employment will be held on the 31st of May 2017.
Mandatory registration via emploi@sprb.brussels.

More information (French)
More information (Dutch)

Call for projects "Opensoon" 2017

The new “Opensoon” call for projects runs from May 15 until the 30th of September 2017. This competition aims at future traders who would like to start a business in the Brussels-Capital Region.
The support offered to the selected winners will translate into a free accompaniment combined with a grant for projects that meet the criteria of integrity, originality, quality and circular economy.

More information (French)

More information (Dutch)

Three new calls for projects

Call for projects "Raising awareness of entrepreneurship among young people"

To help young people in Brussels plan for their future positively, develop their entrepreneurial mindset or start up their own activity, the Minister for the Economy and Employment launched, in 2016, the first Brussels strategy to raise awareness of entrepreneurship among young people, entitled "Young Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow - YET"

As part of this strategy, a second call for projects has been launched to finance highly diverse initiatives, which aim to:

  • Raise awareness of vocational/work-linked/out-of-school training among young people, and their direct intermediaries
  • Encourage self-starting students and job seekers to make the step to action.

The call for projects is jointly managed by Brussels Economy and Employment and the 1819 service, which coordinates the YET strategy. The deadline for this call for projects is 31 May 2017. 

More information (French)
More information (Dutch)

Call for projects "Support for innovative social businesses"

The Region intends to continue the development support for businesses active in the social economy, in order to meet the needs of Brussels inhabitants and seize economic opportunities while developing employment and locally-anchored added value. This support is partly based on the annual launch of a call for "social economy" projects, to obtain an optional subsidy. This call for projects is the second launched by Brussels Economy and Employment in this area, following the call for projects in 2016.
You can submit your request form until 19 June 2017.

More information (French)
More information (Dutch)

Call for projects "Support for implementing the measures of the Brussels Small Business Act"

A new call for projects has been launched to finance the implementation of a series of measures from the Brussels Small Business Act (SBA). This call for projects comes in response to the call for 'Support' projects which was launched in 2016, which made it possible to finance 21 entrepreneurship support structures, deploying projects in the various stages in the life-cycle of a business.
A budget of €800,000 is available via this call for projects, which is open until 15 June. 

More information (French)
More information (Dutch)

Iris celebration 2017

Celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Brussels-Capital Region during the "Irisfeest / fête de l'Iris" on May 6 and 7! There are free concerts, street animation and a wide range of activities throughout Brussels.

On Sunday May 7th, between 12 and 18h, the Brussels Park will be occupied by over 100 Brussels associations who will present themselves in an interactive and original way. Don't forget to pay us a visit in the big tent of the Brussels Public Service, where Brussels Economy and Employment will be represented with a stand and animation for kids. Take part in the family quiz or have your picture taken in the photobooth with all kinds of items linked to our administration.

Furthermore there will be a wide range of sports, culture, heritage, street theater, circus, workshops available in the park ... and afterwards you can enjoy the Iris Food Corner at the square next to the Royal Palace.

See you on May 7th!

More info and programme


Brussels Best Exporters 2017

Are you the manager of a Brussels-based exporting SME that has been based in Brussels for more than 3 years? Do your products or services successfully cross our borders? Then you might be one of the Brussels Best Exporters 2017 !

For the 4th edition of the export prize, Brussels Invest & Export stays true to its calling: rewarding and highlighting the most remarkable Brussels achievements aboad.

In all, 6 Brussels SMEs will be nominated: 3 in the goods category and 3 in the services category.

Apply before May 2nd and don't forget to book your evening of June 28 for the Award ceremony.

New adress for Brussels Invest & Export

At the beginning of March, Brussels Invest & Export will be leaving its offices in the Avenue Louise 500. This move constitutes an important step in the rapprochement process between Brussels Invest & Export, Atrium.brussels and Impulse.brussels. The new cooperation is meant to optimise the services offered Brussels companies.
BI&E will welcome you in their new offices as of 6 March 2017. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses will not change.

New address:
Brussels Invest & Export
Chaussée de Charleroi 112
1060 Brussels


Call for projects "Be Circular - Be Brussels"

As a result of the success in 2016, a new series of various calls for projects will appear in 2017 as well. The first one was launched this week.

The call for projects "Be circular - Be Brussels" is an initiative of the Government of the Brussels Capital Region in order to support the creativity of the businesses and self-employed in Brussels. The goal is to promote - in a perspective of circular economy - the development of economic activities that benefit the environment and local employment in the Brussels Region.

In order to be able to answer all your questions about this call for projects and about submitting your candidature, two information sessions will be held on Tuesday, March 7th 2017 in BEL and Wednesday, April 19th 2017 at Impulse UNO.

More information about this call for projects. (in French and Dutch)

Exaris is 10 years old!

Founded in 2007 by three partners, Actiris, Daoust and P&V, Exaris Intérim is a cooperative society for temporary employment or the very first "social employment agency" in the Brussels Region. This unique social interim initiative aims to integrate less skilled young people from Brussels by offering them temporary job assignments so they can subsequently obtain a fixed-term or indeterminate employment contract. So temporary employment is used as a stepping stone to a permanent job.

February 14 Exaris Interim celebrated its 10th anniversary. In those 10 years - with the support of the Brussels Capital Region - more than 3,650 young, low-skilled job seekers have been granted an interim contract while benefiting from personalized job coaching. As a result 576 young people have been able to sign a permanent contract with Exaris customers. In 2016, for example, 988 people were coached and 560 of them were offered an interim assignment.

Learn more about Exaris on their website (in Dutch and French).

Entrepreneurship Fair 2017

On Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th of March, the "Entrepreneurship fair" will receive the Belgian business world for the 14th time at Tour & Taxis. At this exhibition you will find an answer to all your business questions and for two days you will be able to participate in numerous conferences and workshops.

Do you have any questions about business support or export? Brussels Economy and Employment and Brussels Invest & Export will be present in Hall 1 (stand A31). Brussels Economy and Employment will enlighten you on the wide range of business support. Brussels Invest & Export will explain the different ways they can help you with the internationalization of your company.

Consult the full program and opening hours (in French).

Register for free.

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.

Brussels supports social economy

Are you starting up an activity in social economy? If your company or non-profit association is active in the Brussels Capital Region, you can apply for accreditation to receive financial support.
The legislation foresees specific periods of time during which this accreditation can be applied for. The next period starts January 1st 2017 and ends February 15th 2017.
More info on the application for accreditation and subsidies.

Call for projects in urban agriculture 2017

The Minister of Agriculture has issued a new call for professional farming projects that contribute to the Brussels urban agriculture. You can apply for a grant until February 17, 2017. The call is part of the regional “Good Food”-strategy in which optional grants can be awarded to associations and companies operating in the food sector and whose project provides added value for the Brussels urban agriculture.

More info in Dutch or French.

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".

Happy New Year


Brussels Economy & Employment wishes you a very successful year!

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


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.

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

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 !

Brussels Business Days Logo
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.

Journée Entreprises 2015 et Brussels Best Exporters 2015

Rencontrer, en l'espace de quelques heures et au même endroit, plusieurs des 34 attachés économiques et commerciaux au service de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale est une chance à saisir, que vous envisagiez d'aborder un marché cible, d'assurer le suivi d'une relation d'affaires, voire de sensibiliser nos attachés aux préoccupations qui sont les vôtres dans votre approche des marchés extérieurs.
En fonction de vos souhaits, nous fixerons un programme de rendez-vous individuels tout au long de la journée.
Date: jeudi 10 décembre de 9h à 17h30
Lieu: Bip, maison de la région - Rue Royale 2-4, 1000 Bruxelles
Inscriptions en ligne avant le 1er décembre
Pour la 3e édition du Prix bruxellois à l'exportation, Bruxelles Invest & Export reste fidèle à son objectif : récompenser et mettre en lumière les plus belles réussites bruxelloises à l'international.
Les Brussels Best Exporters 2015 seront remis le jeudi 10 décembre 2015 à 18h par la Secrétaire d'Etat au Commerce extérieur en présence du réseau complet de nos attachés économiques et commerciaux à l'étranger, des entreprises bruxelloises ainsi que de nos partenaires.
Une occasion unique de réseautage informel dans une ambiance festive et conviviale autour d'un buffet qui clôturera la cérémonie !
La cérémonie aura lieu à Bozar, rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Bruxelles. 
Plus d'informations : info@brusselsinvestexport.brussels

Food analyses

Maroccan pastry
BRUCEFO is now BELAC accredited for the analysis of 14 parameters in all food products.
Since 2 June 2015, BRUCEFO's accreditation scope has been enlarged with 6 parameters: total dietary fiber content, fatty acids profile, sugar profile, and enumeration of yeasts, moulds and coagulase-positive staphylococcus.
You can find more information and the full list of accredited analyses on the webpage "Accreditation BELAC".

New measure for long-term residents

Non-European workers benefiting from the status of long-term resident in another member state of the European Union will be exempt from the work permit obligation after 12 months of effective and uninterrupted employment from 1 July 2015 onwards.

Discover Brussels Economy and Employment on 4/10

Brussels Economy and Employment opens its doors on Sunday 4 October during the Enterprise Discovery Day. Come and discover the administration and meet its staff members.
From 10 am to 5 pm
At Boulevard du Jardin botanique, 20 in 1000 Brussels.
On the programme:
  • 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.
Three other Brussels Regional Public Service administrations will welcome you in this building.
Brussels Regional Coordination: 
  • 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.
Brussels Taxation and Brussels Finances and Budget:
  • How is the regional tax collected and how is it used in the regional budget? An interactive and educational itinerary will be available.
Set a date for 4 October between 10 am and 5 pm (no registration required).

Brussels Best Exporters : call for applications

Brussels Best Exporters 2015
For the 3rd edition of the Brussels Best Exporters award, Brussels Invest & Export remains loyal to its objective: to reward and highlight the very best Brussels overseas success stories. Active overseas for more than three years? Your products or services have crossed our borders successfully? You want to motivate your staff? Submit your application now for the prestigious Brussels Best Exporters!
Three Brussels SMEs will be nominated in the "goods" categories and three others will be nominated in the "services" category. For each category, the Brussels Best Exporter will be awarded at a ceremony on 10 December.
The winners' prizes
In addition to a diploma and a trophy, the winning SME in each category will receive €5,000 towards its costs devoted to the development of its export activity.
The nominees' prizes
The six companies nominated will receive the presentation video of their activities, which will be screened during the ceremony. Also, thanks to the Award's sponsors, they will benefit from access to an international database, language training and two plane tickets for a canvassing trip.
To register
Do you meet the conditions? Why wait? Complete the application form available on the website www.invest-export.irisnet.be/brussels-best-exporters.
Closing date: Friday 23 October 2015 at midnight!

Croats are exempt from the type B work permit obligation

Since 1 July 2015, Croats are now exempt from the work permit obligation. Indeed, the transitional period, which started on 1 July 2013, has come to an end.

Investment premium

Development area
Since 1 June, you can receive a higher premium in the development area.
You're investing? Brussels SMEs and self-employed workers can request aid from Brussels Economy and Employment for real estate investments, investments in equipment or intangible investments.
If your (future) company is situated in the development area, you will receive double the amount of investment aid.
The development area covers part of the municipalities of Forest, Anderlecht, Molenbeek and the city of Brussels. The Region and Europe consider this a priority area.
Is your (future) establishment situated in the development area?

Paid educational leave and service voucher companies

Submit your refund request

Paid educational leave

If employees of yours have benefited from paid educational leave so as to receive training during the school year 2013-2014, you have until 30 June 2015 to submit your refund request to Brussels Economy and Employment. This is valid for all employees working in an establishment unit situated in the Brussels Capital Region.
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

All service voucher companies have a yearly training budget for their employees. The Brussels service voucher companies have until 30 June 2015 to request financial aid from Brussels Economy and Employment for trainings that took place during 2014.

Private employment agencies and travel agencies

Submit your activity report or the required statistics

Private employment agencies

Brussels temporary employment agencies and other private employment agencies must submit their 2014 activity report to Brussels Economy and Employment before 30 June.
Submit your activity report (available in French and Dutch)

Travel agencies

The travel agencies are required to let Brussels Economy and Employment know, before 1 July, how many people they employ in their head office and/or their branches situated on the territory of the Brussels Capital Region.

A paid leave to take training courses

Private sector workers are entitled to educational leave.
For more information in French or Dutch: le congé-éducation payé / het betaald educatief verlof

Two business funds

One for facilitating the employment of older workers (45 and older) and another one for service vouchers.
Find out more in French or Dutch:

Economic activity in Brussels

Focus 8
How will Brussels' economic activity and labour market evolve until 2019 ?

Access to the profession

Central examining board

Do you wish to start your own business? 
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.


Would you like to open a butcher's or meat products shop?
Please consult the Brussels Economy and Employment website in order to apply for a licence.

Non-European self-employed workers

You have a non-European nationality and wish to start an economic activity in the Brussels-Capital Region?
Please consult the Brussels Economy and Employment website in order to apply for an occupation card.
These competences have been attributed to the regions as a result of the sixth state reform.

Entreprendre trade fair

Entreprendre trade fair
Do you have any questions about the various types of regional aid? Come and meet our staff  in the corner "Entreprendre à Bruxelles" to find out more about the financial aid the Brussels Capital Region offers.

Free access to the trade fair and the various conferences if you sign up online.

Subsidies for companies on Metrotime


Works taking place in front of your business?

Construction equipment
Are you forced to close your business due to works that take 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.
This competence has been attributed to the regions as a result of the sixth state reform.

Recruitment non-European worker

In order to obtain a work permit, the foreign worker must meet certain mininum salary requirements.
The minimum salary requirement for high-skilled workers has been raised on 1 January.
Please consult the salary requirements that apply as from January 2015.

Organic products in Brussels

Newspaper ‘Metro' highlights organic products in Brussels
Read the articles published in the online version of the Metro newspaper :
French version
Dutch version

Guides to work permits

Counters «Work permit»
What sort of work permit should a foreign national have? Is an employee who already has a work permit allowed to work for a new employer with this work permit?
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:

Social economy supported by the Region

laundry shop
Do you represent a non-profit company or initiative that wishes to integrate certain job seeker categories? Do you adhere to the social economy principles? If your company or non-profit association is active in the Brussels Capital Region, you can apply for accreditation so as to receive financing.
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

Website more accessible

Anysurfer Label
The website of Brussels Economy and Employment has received the Anysurfer accessibility label. Brussels Economy and Employment sees to it that its website is accessible to the greatest possible number of people, including people with a disability. This also means, for instance, that the website is suited for small tablet screens. The website has been improved progressively and we will continue to pay attention to its accessibility.

Symposium for food companies - 20/11/2014

Food packaging
Every day, we are confronted with "materials in contact with food": food packaging, kitchen utensils, but also the tubes of your coffee machine ... Brucefo and its partners are inviting food companies to a seminar on materials in contact with food. An incorrect use of these materials or the use of inappropriate materials during production could lead to compounds of the material bleeding into the food.
The seminar will focus on best practices, legislation, inspection procedures and the risks of compound migration.
Consult the seminar program.

Update of the training aids

 A contractor who provides training
For aid applications relating to training, guidance and knowledge transfer received from 1 June onwards, changes have come into force. For instance, many more activity sectors can receive mentoring aids and aids for providing construction yards, premises and equipment.
Learn more about the aids for receiving or encouraging training (French versionDutch version).

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Your opinion

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What is your view on this website? We would like to ask you 3 minutes of your time to answer some questions. Thank you
Take part in the poll.

Guide to business aids

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Investing, receiving or encouraging training, taking counsel, exporting, etc. Brussels Economy and Employment offers companies a series of financial aids to develop their activity. Some of those aids are only for SMEs (or micro-enterprises). Furthermore, it varies per type of aid which sectors are supported. To simplify it all, Brussels Economy and Employment developed the tool "Our aids for your company". Type in your enterprise number, and after a few clicks, you will know what types of aid you qualify for. Test it now! (French versionDutch version)

Tourist accommodation

Hotel room
On 25 April, the Brussels Parliament voted on the ordinance concerning tourist accommodation. This ordinance is the result of a collaboration between the ministers involved, Brussels Economy and Employment and the sector. The ordinance imposes the registration and ex-post checking of all tourist accommodation ventures, so as to guarantee to the consumers that every hotel, hotel apartment, tourist residence, accommodation with locals or campsite complies with the standards set by the government, in particular as regards security (fire prevention, minimum space). The government decree is being written.

Urban Agriculture

City ​​pasture with cows
230 people took part in the Urban Agriculture Symposium on 26 March: urban agriculture project promoters, members of associations that are already active in the sector, municipal administration staff, ... Urban agriculture offers a solution to many issues relating to sustainable food and the economic evolution of cities. In addition, it offers solutions to other urban challenges (demography, pollution, social inequality, ...). This symposium, which was organised by Brussels Economy and Employment and Bruxelles Environnement, aimed to make urban agriculture known by presenting various examples, and to answer the questions of the project promoters and the administrations.
What projects were highlighted during this event? What ideas came out of it?
Discover it all through these images!
Read the symposium documents.

Food analyses

Laboratory assistant analyzing food
Our laboratory Brucefo supports food-processing companies by performing analyses and advising those companies on how to improve their products. In the past few months, the Brucefo laboratory also helped the public at large to get a clearer view of their food, by contributing to two news stories, one for the VTM news and one for the RTBF news.
Brucefo cooperated on a news story about adding water to frozen fish (VTM). Based on the fish's moisture content and protein content, it would probably be possible to determine whether or not water has been added to it.
Brucefo also took part in a news story about the use-by date of food items (La Deux). The Brucefo experts explained how this date is determined. Indeed, in the frame of the new European regulations with regard to reinforcing information on food, Brucefo performs this type of analysis every day.

Support measures for traders

You are a trader in Brussels? Brussels Economy and Employment offers you several support measures. You can find a list in the new folder on the support measures for traders in Brussels (pdf).
Consult the online folder.
Consult all support measures for SMEs.

Entreprendre 2014 trade fair

Stand of Brussels Economy and Employment at the "Entreprendre 2014" trade fair
Brussels Economy and Employment participated in the "Entreprendre 2014" trade fair on 19 and 20 March. Our consultants informed many entrepreneurs about the various regional aid types granted to Brussels companies and the services offered by Brussels Invest & Export.

Brussels Best Exporters 2013

Brussels Best Exporters 2013
The "Enterprise Day" organised by Brussels Invest & Export on the 18th of February was a huge success. To be able to meet, within a couple of hours' time and in a single location, several of the 34 economic and trade attachés who work for the Brussels Capital Region was an opportunity export companies could not miss. 150 companies took part in the event, allowing 540 meetings between companies and economic and trade attachés.
The day was concluded by the awarding ceremony of the Brussels Best Exporters prize, in front of more than 400 invitees. Brussels Invest & Export and BECI granted this award, destined for the best performing and most dynamic Brussels SMEs on export markets. The two winners are Numeca International SA, in the category "Goods", and Telelingua International SA, in the category "Services". 40 Brussels companies applied.

Symposium on urban agriculture

The BEE's agriculture division and IBGE/ BIM (Brussels Environment Management) organize an information day featuring a presentation of exemplary projects for the promotion of urban agriculture. Due to the current urban challenges (demographic, environmental, social…) urban agriculture is becoming a strategic factor in the urban development.
This symposium takes place on 26/03 in AREA 42, Rue des Palais/ Paleizenstraat in Schaerbeek.


As a result of the last BELAC audit, the BRUCEFO laboratory is now accredited for a larger number of analyses. From now on, BRUCEFO's certification for the analysis of 4 chemical parameters (moisture content -  method derived  from ISO 1442 ; total ash content  -  method derived from ISO 936 ; total fat content  -  method derived from ISO 1443 and nitrogen and protein content - method derived from ISO 937) in meat products and meat-based products is valid for all eatables.
Furthermore, the field of application of the accreditation had been extended to new types of microbiological analysis and the tracing of Salmonella (Afnor BRD-07/11 – 12/05 - Short protocol of Biorad)  and of Listeria monocytogenes (Afnor BRD- 07/04 – 09/98 – research methodology) in all eatables.

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

From now on travel agencies in the Brussels-Capital Region shall be subjected to a stricter control. These controls shall be carried out during the Brussels holiday fair, amongst other things.
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

On the initiative of Céline Fremault, Brussels Minister of scientific research, the Brussels-Capital Region launches the first edition of "Atomia". It will reward two Brussels science women, one junior and one senior.
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

Work permit desks
Since the 1st of January 2014 Romanians and Bulgarians are exempt  from a work permit. The transitional measures stay in force for Croats, who still have to apply for a work permit.

Type-B work permits

Worker construction sector
The Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue published the new remuneration amounts applicable as from 1 January 2014 to type-B work permits in the Belgian State Journal of 25 October 2013. Highly qualified workers, executives and performing artists are concerned.

Travel agencies

Since 18 April 2012, the Brussels Capital Region has been responsible for managing the licences to develop the activity of a travel agency. This subject was previously a matter for the French Community Commission. The transitional period that aimed to adapt the licence files to the new regulations of the Brussels Capital Region has meanwhile passed by. 259 travel agencies hold a licence to develop the activity of a travel agency.
The licensed travel agencies receive a sticker they must apply to the display window of their establishment.

"Brussels Best Exporters 2013" award

Brussels Best Exporters 2013
In association with BECI, Brussels Invest and Export is organising a presentation of export awards aiming to reward Brussels companies for their strong performance on foreign markets.  
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

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Brussels Economy and Employment shapes the agricultural policy by preparing and executing the legislation with regard to the agricultural and food sector, among other things for organic agriculture. This makes it possible to make the organic operators aware of that policy.
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, Fruit & Vegetables" programmes, which concern a subsidy that is co-financed by the Brussels Capital Region.

Call for projects with regard to the equipment of technical schools

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42 technical and professional schools in the Brussels Capital Region, who organise trainings in the field of technological industry, creative industry and construction/renovation, were invited to send in projects with a view to acquire high-technology equipment. With this quality material, the schools will be able to offer their students a better education, so that they will have more to offer on the labour market.
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

Presentation of certificates
Through the Brussels Young Exporters Program (B.Y.E.P.) and Import Export Assistant (I.E.A.) trainings, internationally active Brussels companies can hire a trainee specialised in the specific techniques of international trade. On Tuesday September 24th, from 12:00 until 14:30, the certificates of the laureates 2013 will be presented at the Brussels Info Point (Royal Square), after a presentation of the training programs. The number of places is limited, so please sign up with Juliette HANNICK - jhannick@mrbc.irisnet.be.

Brussels Invest & Export

Export containers through the Port of Brussels
As a service of Brussels Economy and Employment (B.E.E), Brussels Invest & Export offers Brussels companies help with their internationalisation. Brussels Invest & Export organises various actions (economic missions, collective stands at fairs, invitations of purchasers, contact days, etc.), gives advice on exportation, attracts foreign investors and provides a network of economic attachés. Brussels Invest & Export also traces promising companies and rewards the most successful ones.

Work permits: Croatian, Bulgarian and Romanian workers

Work permit desks
In spite of the entry of Croatia into the European Union, Croatian workers require in principle a work permit to work in Belgium. Since July 1st 2013, a transitional regime applies in anticipation of an exemption. For Bulgarian and Romanian workers, this regime expires on January 1st 2014. From then on, they will be allowed to work in Belgium without such a permit. For further information, you can contact the Employment Policy & Plural Economy Department.

Work permit : Croatian workers

In principle, Croatian workers must always be in possession of a work permit in order to be recruited in Belgium. Since 1 July 2013, they benefit from a transitory regime.
This regime is also valid for Bulgarian and Romanian workers until 31 December 2013. As of 1 January 2014, Bulgarians and Romanians will be allowed to work in Belgium without a work permit.

Aid for businesses : modifications

The changes to the incentive systems for investments to improve the environment and to conform to the norms came into force on 1 June. As of now, installing an alarm system can also be subsidised.
Learn more about aid for investments to improve the environnement.

Organic products

store of organic products
Interested in organic products? We added the list of operators that have an organic certificate to our website. You can find the list of players on the Brussels organic market on this site in the section registrations and accreditations, organic products sellers.
This section also provides information about the obligations of Brussels organic processors, distributors, retailers and other operators.

Agricultural and food businesses

Laboratory analysis
The Brucefo laboratory offers businesses in the agricultural and food sector analyses to check or improve the quality of their products. Next to microbiological analyses, a broad range of chemical analyses are also performed. In 2012, Brucefo determined over 5,500 chemical parameters, which is 1,200 more than in 2011. Discover this wide selection of analyses on this site in the section Food analyses.

Non-European employees

Travailleur étranger
Foreign nationals are only allowed to work in Belgium if they possess a valid work permit. The employer or the foreign national must apply for the relevant work permit. In 2012, the Economy and Employment Administration of the Brussels Capital Region received nearly 16,000 work permit applications.
Learn more about the regulations and the formalities to obtain a work permit.

Temporary employment agencies

Temporary employment agency - interview
Temporary employment agencies and other private employment agencies must submit their activity report before 30 June. Read more and download the form.

Construction sector

A mason mesures the wall
Is your company active in the construction sector? What subsidies granted by the Economy and Employment Administration are you entitled to? A new brochure tells you what incentives are available for your sector, supported by concrete examples. Check out all available brochures.

Food sector

Laboratorium analysis
Do you produce food? Guarantee the composition of your products by calling on the regional laboratory Brucefo. In 2012, Brucefo analysed over 4,160 samples. Among other things, the laboratory determined over 7,600 microbiological parameters.

Entreprendre 2013 Trade Fair

Entreprendre 2012 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. 

Language Training Subsidy

Language training
Language training can enhance the functioning or the competitiveness of your company. You can apply for financial support for yourself or for your staff if the training costs at least 1,000 EUR. It should also be of an exceptional or urgent type.

Travel agencies

Before it can start its activities in the Brussels Capital Region, a travel agency has to apply for a permit or lodge a statement.
The new regulation simplifies the procedure and changes it in some respects, e.g. for travel agencies that already have a permit for the Brussels Capital Region territory.

The counter "Work Permit"

The counter "Work Permit"

The counter  « Work permit » is open from Monday to Friday, from 8.45 am to 11.45 am.

Even more interesting incentives

Conversation between a businesswoman and businessman

More accredited analyses

Sliced ham

The BRUCEFO laboratory now has the BELAC accreditation for microbiological analyses (26 June 2012), except an accreditation for meat product analyses.