COVID-19 : measures

Following the measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, the following measures are implemented until further notice.

Last update: 12/05

Support for impacted businesses

Is your company part of a sector whose activities are suspended due to Covid-19?

HERE you can check the overview of the primes Brussels Economy and Employment offers to support businesses impacted by the corona crisis. (information in French or Dutch only). 


Our services have been adapted

Work permits

As part of the COVID-19 measures, we invite you to send your questions about single permits and work permits for employees, or professional cards to the following email address: We will provide a quick answer, by email or, if necessary, by telephone.

Our counters are closed.

Please note: Your applications for obtaining work permits and single permits should preferably be submitted digitally via the email address mentioned above.

All information and forms, and the answers to some frequently asked questions are available on our website


Private employment agencies

Submission of activity reports for the year 2019: deadline of 30/06/2020 exceptionnally postponed until 30/09/2020. More info.

Please send all your documents via mail only to



The laboratory continues to function with minimal staffing in order to further support the food industry in Brussels. The normal speed for the delivery of test results is therefore not guaranteed (priority for urgent analyses).
We remain available for all your questions.


Other services

Until June 1st, please contact us preferably via the contact form. We will respond as soon as possible.

Covid prime of €4000

Please refer to the information pages in French and Dutch.

Check if you can apply for this grant

Coronavirus and businesses: the Brussels Region helps!

1819, the regional information and orientation service for entrepreneurs, closely follows the developments around the corona virus.

It centralizes and disseminates all official information that could possibly help you.

On their website you will find an overview of the Belgian websites where you can find current and reliable information.

Of course you can also call the service directly by dialing the number 1819 (free of cvost).

Check their web page on the corona virus and the impact on businesses in French or in Dutch.

Results GoodFood strategy

City ​​pasture with cows

In 2016, the Brussels Region launched the Good Food strategy. The underlying idea? Develop and support actions for environmentally friendly local food production, valorising local and seasonal products, reducing waste and meat consumption. The goal? Grow into a more autonomous food supply city thanks to the principles of a circular economy.
Since its inception, Good Food has conquered a place in our lives and on our plates, with a positive social, economic and ecological impact, for a more sustainable development of the capital. In other words, there is more and more Goof Food in Brussels!
Some key figures:

  • We went from 16 to 32 professional urban agriculture projects
  • Every year 600 tons of unsold food are collected and redistributed through the supported projects = 1.2 million rescued meals can provide food for 1,000 people for 1 year
  • 10 out of 11 Brussels social grocers offer fresh fruit and vegetables, 4 of which regularly have bio-organic on the shelves
  • The canteens in Brussels are constantly offering more organic products (+ 48%). They have also reduced food waste by 8.4% and the portions of meat on the menu have decreased by 10.2%
  • A total of 55 restaurants and 49 canteens carry the Good Food label, where no fewer than 24,000 meals / day are distributed
  • 100 jobs were created between the end of 2015 and the end of 2018
  • Since 2016 there are more than 100 new vegetable gardens in schools
  • 70% of the schools organized a Good Food promotion in the last 2 years
  • More than 10,000 citizens received training through cooking workshops, participatory projects, workshops, etc.

Discover all the details?
Brussels Environment and Brussels Economy and Employment, the initiators behind the Good Food strategy, bundled the results in an inspiring brochure (in French or in Dutch) in which you can become acquainted with the numerous experiments, best practices, projects and other leading initiatives.

Kick-off beCircular 2020

In 2020, too, Brussels Economy and Employment will support projects, companies and entrepreneurs who dare to make their activities more sustainable with a strong focus on circular economy. 

The call for projects “Be Circular - Be Brussels” supports innovative projects that want to create or evolve the core business of one (or more) company(ies) towards more sustainability in order to promote the transition from economic players to the circular economy.

You can submit projects in 4 categories:

  • Circular warves
  • Launch
  • Scale-up
  • Transition

What can you win?

  • specific financial support from the Region that can amount to € 30,000, € 80,000 or € 200,000, depending on the categories
  • support, upon request, of all business support services
  • promotion of the success of your project

Projects can be submitted until 15 May at noon.

Interested? You will find all information on our website in French or in Dutch.

Call for projects "Diversity and anti-discrimination" 2020


This call for projects aims at concrete actions to combat discrimination in recruitment and to support labor market diversity in the Brussels-Capital Region. It is addressed to all private associations and local authorities that want to develop projects in that sense.

The reward is a financial support of at least € 5000 for your project.

The competition jury will draw up a ranking of the projects that meet the following 6 criteria best: Compliance with the regional objectives with regard to diversity, the technical-budgetary credibility of the project, its innovative nature, the impact on the employment of the target groups in the Brussels Region, combating multiple and overlapping forms of discrimination, and the quality of possible partnerships.

How to participate? Projects must be submitted no later than midnight on April 15, 2020.

An information session will be organized on March 6 at 10 am (CCN Iris room - Rue du Progrès 80/1, 1030 Brussels).

More info and registration in French and in Dutch.

Call for projects social economy 2020

Call for innovative projects from social and democratic companies

The 2020 edition of the social economy project call has been launched. The Brussels Region is looking to support "innovative projects from social and democratic enterprises" for a total budget of 1 million euros.
This call is open for all companies and non-profit organizations active within the framework of social and democratic entrepreneurship in the Brussels Region and who want to make a proposal that meets one of the five project types:

  1. Starters: innovative projects
  2. Creating new jobs
  3. Changes in the management of the company, also when transferring or taking over the activities
  4. Scale-up: up-scaling
  5. Formalize the informal economy

You can receive specific financing that can amount to € 80,000.
The deadline for applications is 15/04/2020.

Two information sessions (in French and Dutch) will be organized on 21/02/2020 and 10/03/2020.

More info and registration in French or in Dutch


European Digital Innovation Hubs

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As part of the Digital Europe Program, the European Commission, together with the Member States, plans on setting up a network of European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH) in order to support the private and public sector in their digital transformation and to disseminate the latest advances in cybersecurity, AI and HPC.

Are you eligible?
The applicants must:
  • have at least one head office in the Brussels-Capital Region; 
  • pursue a not-for-profit objective; 
More information about the admission requirements can be found in the form on our partners website: Innoviris.

  • Don't forget to register for the info session on February 4th 2020. 
  • Submit your project outline before 3 April 2020 at 2 pm.

Info Session "Financing Social Integration Companies"

The Brussels-Capital Region supports social integration companies but as you know, the rules have changed recently.

All information about the financing of recognized social enterprises aiming at socio-professional integration can now be found on our website (in French and in Dutch).

To answer your questions and optimally guide you, an information session will take place in French on 6 February and in Dutch on 13 February 2020.
It is intended for social enterprises that have applied for recognition and are active in the field of socio-professional integration.

Program: the mandate procedure and the financing procedure in 2020. Presentations by Brussels Economy and Employment and Actiris.
Date: in French February 6, 2020 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, in Dutch February 13, 2020 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
Address: Boulevard du Jardin Botanique 20, Brussels.

Register for the infosession in French

Register for the infosession in Dutch

Digital Innovation Challenge for startups and SMEs

Logo of the wizard (in french)

This Digital Innovation Challenge invites SMEs and startups, providers of digital services across Europe, to propose innovative services and solutions based on the European Commission’s open and reusable solutions. 

The Challenge is particularly targeted at Digital SMEs and startups that would like to accelerate their digitally-enabled growth and leverage on already existing components that provide basic capabilities to facilitate the delivery of digital, interoperable, cross-border and cross-domain services and solutions in order to provide better services to citizens and businesses.

The winning SMEs and startups stand to win EUR 50 000 (first place), EUR 20 000 (second place) and EUR 10 000 (third place).

The next info session is 30 January 2020 and the closing date for application is 28 February 2020, 12.00 pm.

More info and registration

Happy new year!

Best wishes!

wishes 2020

Brussels Economy and Employment wishes you a very happy holiday season and a happy new year 2020!

The week of financing and subsidies

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Money, the lifeblood of a company, especially when it is in the start and development phase. How do you search for funds, the right type of financing and when to do so?

From December 9 to 13, the 1819 service and its partners provide you with an overview of financing solutions that are best suited to every phase of your business. Experts from both the public and private sectors will answer all your questions during workshops, round tables, speed coaching, networks, panels ...

Every day there is a different theme:

  • Monday: the basis for financing
  • Tuesday: traditional financing
  • Wednesday: capital financing (focus on start-up and up-scaling) and crowdfunding
  • Thursday: Government support (with the experts from the Dept for Business Support of Brussels Economy and Employment)
  • Friday: social entrepreneurship

More information and the complete program

Speedcoaching subsidies

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From December 9 to 13, 1819 and its partners welcome you to a week dedicated to financing and subsidies!
Do you have a project or a company and want to know how you can get financing, which type of financing is most suitable for your project? Then this week is for you!

Speed coaching subsidies : Thursday, December 12

Do you have a project and do you want to know which subsidies you can receive? Brussels Economy and Employment (BEE) is there for you!

We invite you to come and talk to one of our experts during a 30-minute personal meeting where you'll get information and advice about the types of grants available and their applicable conditions.

More information and registration

Week of the business transfer

Smart Company

Business transfer week

How can you succeed in ensuring the continued existence of your company and secure employment? For the transferor and the prospective transferee, the key elements are good preparation and appropriate guidance by experts.

That is precisely why, in collaboration with the Walloon and Flemish Regions, 1819 is organizing a theme week on business transfer from 21 to 25 October with workshops and information sessions for both potential acquirers and survivors.

Discover the full program (In French and Dutch)

Business Transfer Advice Market

Are you an independent entrepreneur at an important crossroad in your career?

Thanks to this inspiring Brussels Consultancy Market, you will have a unique opportunity to obtain personalized advice on 22 October.
You will receive practical information about various aspects of transferring and taking over your company and about your end-of-career.

More than 30 practical experts - including our Department for Business Support - will be at your service.

More info and registration (In French or Dutch)

Seminar "Food label regulations: a practical approach"

We kindly invite you to our free seminar on "Food label regulations: a practical approach" Thursday October 24th, organized by BRUCEFO (Brussels Centre for Food Expertises) and BRS.
We expect you as from 9h30 at BRUCEFO: Blvd Industriel 200 in 1070 Anderlecht (see map). More info: 02/8003900 - 

09:30 Registration, Welcome and Introduction
10:00 Practical Requirements in Food Labelling According to EU 1169/2011 (FIC) by Mr. Jurgen Denys from BRUCEFO
10:45 Quick Analysis of Fat, Moisture, Proteine and Ash % by Dr. Axel Schöner from CEM
11:30 Coffee Break
11:45 User Testimonial 1
12:00 Sweet as Sugar: BRIX & Polarimetry by Ir. Angelika Rau from Schmidt & Haensch
12:45 User Testimonial 2
13:00 Lunch offered by BRS
14:00 Hands-on Session Group A: Moisture, Fat and Protein Content
Group B: Ash, Sugar and Brix Content
14:30 Hands-on Session Group A: Ash, Sugar and Brix Content
Group B: Moisture, Fat and Protein Content
15:00 Q&A and Networking
16:00 End

Info session "Doing business in agro-food"

Information session 15/10: "Doing business in the agri-food sector"

What? Brussels Economy and Employment invites you in the afternoon of 15 October for a bilingual (French and Dutch) information session on the various aspects and challenges of entrepreneurship in the agri-food sector.

For whom? Are you dreaming of starting your own business in the agro-food sector in the Brussels-Capital Region but you don't know how to get started? Then this information session is for you!

The organizing partners who will take the floor and answer your questions: the service 1819, the Dept. for Nusiness Support of Brussels Economy and Employment, the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (AFSCA), the BRUCEFO laboratory and

Where? In the workshop of chocolatier Frederic Blondeel, Ganshorensestraat 39 in Koekelberg (see map).

Discover the full program by changing the language of this page to French or Dutch.

SME premiums : what's new

Du nouveau pour les primes aux PME bruxelloises !

From September 16th, enterprises in Brussels are able to demand two new premiums to develop their business in the Brussels-Capital region.
The new subsidies are the following 

Take part in the "Fruits, vegetables and milk at school”-program!

The “Fruits, vegetables and milk products at school”-program kicks off again! So don't forget to submit your registration form for the 2019-2020 school year before September 30th.

This European program is aimed at primary schools and at secondary schools in special education in Brussels. The goal is to distribute free fruit, vegetables and dairy products to students in order to sensitize the younger generation about the importance of balanced nutrition, with the emphasis on seasonal and healthy products. 

Another part of the program is aimed at suppliers of fresh fruit, vegetables or natural milk products.

Consult all the necessary info in French or Dutch

A paid leave to take training courses? It's possible!

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

New brochure available

We just published our brand new brochure about the subsidies for entrepreneurs!

Discover the subsidies available to boost your activities in the Brussels-Capital Region!

Consult the new brochure (in French)

Consult the new brochure (in Dutch)

U wish to receive a hard copy ? Let us know by filling out this form.

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