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

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 :

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
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


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