Brussels Economy and Employment
Brussels Economy and Employment's mission is to develop a sustainable economy and employment in the Brussels-Capital Region.
This service :
- provides financial aid to Brussels companies. Under certain conditions, the administration grants investment premiums and discretionary subsidies (allowances for which there is no legal basis)
- helps Brussels companies to develop on international markets
- organizes the central board examinations for accessing certain professions and provides advice to accredited business counters.
- supports companies in the agri-food industry and carries out food analyses, on request, through its expertise centre in Brussels: BRUCEFO
- grants authorizations to travel agencies in the Brussels-Capital Region.
- registers tourist accommodation in the Brussels-Capital Region
- controls grants to businesses, travel agencies, firearms and ammunition licences, access to the profession, itinerant trade and tourist accommodations.
The controls are carried out by the Regional Economic Inspection.
This service ensures a number of roles:
- handling requests for work permits and professional cards for foreign workers
- handling requests for reimbursement for paid educational leave and for the Fund for Professional Experience
- authorization of private employment agencies (interim, recruitment and selection, outplacement) and verification that legal obligations are observed
- providing grants for projects to support employment
- authorization of service voucher companies
- authorization and support of social enterprises
- inspection of companies regarding compliance with legislation concerning the use of foreign workers
- control private employment agencies and service voucher companies
- carry out 'discrimination testing' in recruitment.
The controls are carried out by the Regional Employment Inspection.
All our services are by appointment, including work permits
Make an appointment by telephone with the relevant department (see links below in Dutch, French and English)
Please make an appointment for other services. Contact details and phone numbers are available on their website.
Every year Brussels Economy and Employment creates calls for projects that contribute to the development of the economy, employment or urban agriculture. Brussels Economy and Employment supports companies and other players in various fields:
- Opensoon: opening of new original businesses
- Digital and transition: digitisation
- Circular economy: developing a viable economic activity
- Women in business: support for female entrepreneurs
- Créa.Brussels: support for creation in the cultural and creative sectors
- Local&Together: setting up collective projects for local shopkeepers and other stakeholders
- BeCircular: supporting sustainability
- Diversity and anti-discrimination: support for combatting discrimination in recruitment (local authorities, private associations)
- Urban agriculture: supporting sustainable agricultural production
Brussels Economy and Employment also offers various useful tools:
- My BEE: submit an application (grants, private employment agency approval, paid educational leave)
- Which subsidies am I entitled to?: find out which grants you are entitled to
- Hotel stars pre-audit: get official recognition of your hotel's comfort level
- Search for interim and outplacement agencies: find an agency quickly
- Search for service voucher training: quickly find training courses for service voucher workers
- Approved social enterprises: find approved and authorised social enterprises
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