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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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

 


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

 


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).


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".


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!
 

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 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. 
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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 !

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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.

 


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).

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 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.

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