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.


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.

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.

Subsidies for companies on Metrotime


Works taking place in front of your business?

Construction equipment
Are you forced to close your business due to works that take 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.
This competence has been attributed to the regions as a result of the sixth state reform.

Website more accessible

Anysurfer Label
The website of Brussels Economy and Employment has received the Anysurfer accessibility label. Brussels Economy and Employment sees to it that its website is accessible to the greatest possible number of people, including people with a disability. This also means, for instance, that the website is suited for small tablet screens. The website has been improved progressively and we will continue to pay attention to its accessibility.

Brussels Economy and Employment on LinkedIn

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Feel free to click on "Follow" to be kept informed of the news or to comment on the latest information.

Tourist accommodation

Hotel room
On 25 April, the Brussels Parliament voted on the ordinance concerning tourist accommodation. This ordinance is the result of a collaboration between the ministers involved, Brussels Economy and Employment and the sector. The ordinance imposes the registration and ex-post checking of all tourist accommodation ventures, so as to guarantee to the consumers that every hotel, hotel apartment, tourist residence, accommodation with locals or campsite complies with the standards set by the government, in particular as regards security (fire prevention, minimum space). The government decree is being written.

Support for the agricultural and food sector

organic market
Brussels Economy and Employment shapes the agricultural policy by preparing and executing the legislation with regard to the agricultural and food sector, among other things for organic agriculture. This makes it possible to make the organic operators aware of that policy.
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.

Non-European employees

Travailleur étranger
Foreign nationals are only allowed to work in Belgium if they possess a valid work permit. The employer or the foreign national must apply for the relevant work permit. In 2012, the Economy and Employment Administration of the Brussels Capital Region received nearly 16,000 work permit applications.
Learn more about the regulations and the formalities to obtain a work permit.

Language Training Subsidy

Language training
Language training can enhance the functioning or the competitiveness of your company. You can apply for financial support for yourself or for your staff if the training costs at least 1,000 EUR. It should also be of an exceptional or urgent type.

Travel agencies

Before it can start its activities in the Brussels Capital Region, a travel agency has to apply for a permit or lodge a statement.
The new regulation simplifies the procedure and changes it in some respects, e.g. for travel agencies that already have a permit for the Brussels Capital Region territory.

The counter "Work Permit"

The counter "Work Permit"

The counter  « Work permit » is open from Monday to Friday, from 8.45 am to 11.45 am.

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