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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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
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.
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".
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
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 accommodation: in force as of 24/04/2016
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.
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.