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 a private employment agency
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Brussels Invest & Export
Chaussée de Charleroi 112
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.
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.
Service vouchers: want to start up this activity?
More information and dates of the training (in French).
Brussels supports social economy
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.
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".
Happy New 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).
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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, 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
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.