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Brussels Economy and Employment

The competence and organisation of Brussels Economy and Employment in the Brussels Regional Public Service
Brussels Economy and Employment (BEE) promotes sustainable economic development and job creation in the Brussels-Capital Region.
Our three principal missions are: 
  1. To develop the economy
    Our role is to encourage sustainable economic development, taking into account the specific nature of the Brussels economy.
  2. To support employment
    We support those creating employment in the Brussels-Capital Region. We also take responsibility for providing an inspection policy.
  3. To guide investors and companies involved in exports
    We support businesses in Brussels in their undertakings towards internationalisation and we look to attract foreign investors.


The Economy Department supports economic development in the Brussels-Capital Region and ensures coordination between the different economic actors in Brussels. It also aims to protect consumers.


The Economy Department is responsible for:
  • contributing to economic policy (coordination of economic policy in the Brussels-Capital Region, support to organizations offering guidance for SMEs, follow-up of European economic issues);
  • organising examinations to enter the profession and providing advice in this field;
  • handling requests for subsidies (Business Subsidies directorate);
  • inspection of companies particularly regarding the use of subsidies (Economic Inspection directorate);
  • management of travel agency authorization;
  • support of the agri-food sector (urban agriculture, organic legislation…);
  • food analysis and provision of advice to small businesses developing new food products (Brucefo laboratory).
The Economy Department consists of around 100 staff.


The Employment Department supports development of employment in the Brussels-Capital Region. It monitors the labour market and ensures the protection of workers. It also helps to stop people working illegally.


The Employment Department is responsible for:
  • handling requests for work permits and professional cards,
  • managing the system of service vouchers (from 1st January 2016),
  • supporting the social economy,
  • accrediting private employment agencies,
  • intervening in the area of paid educational leave and the Fund for Professional Experience,
  • inspecting employers – mainly regarding the deployment of foreign workers.
Across its different missions the Employment Department has become a key player in employment in the Brussels-Capital Region, alongside Actiris.
The Department has about 100 staff.

Brussels Invest & Export

The "Foreign trade and foreign investments service", called "Brussels Invest & Export", is in charge of coordinating campaigns benefiting Brussels exporters and attracting foreign investors to the Region.

Foreign trade

Brussels Invest & Export promotes and gives guidance to Brussels export companies.

Brussels Invest & Export's tasks are as follows:

  • Personal support for Brussels-based exporters through a network of almost 90 economic and commercial attachés throughout the world. From Shanghai to Johannesburg by way of Berlin, this geographical approach is complemented by sector knowledge of Brussels ;
  • Individual meetings with the economic and commercial attachés during contact days in Brussels ;
  • Organisation of collective campaigns, such as economic missions, contact days, invitations of potential buyers and attendance of international fairs and shows ;
  • Provision of information on foreign markets ;
  • Selective communication of international business opportunities (calls for tenders, international projects) ;
  • Organisation of trainings in international trade through the programmes “Brussels Young Exporters” and “Import-Export Assistant” ;
  • Management of the database of Brussels-based export companies at www.brussels-exporters.be

Foreign investments

Brussels Invest & Export is also in charge of :

  • Looking for investors abroad who are interested in establishing themselves in Brussels
  • Giving personal advice to foreign companies with regard to financial or fiscal matters as well as an operational assistance with their search for subsidies, a business location in the Brussels-Capital Region, etc.
  • Providing foreign companies with a fully-equipped workplace in Brussels for a trial period of three months, with a personal guidance, i.e. the “Welcome Package”

Full information is available in the website of Brussels Invest & Export.


Brussels Regional Public Service
Brussels Economy and Employment

Boulevard du Jardin Botanique 20, 1035 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 800 34 52
Fax: +32 (0)2 800 38 04
Email: economy-employment@brps.brussels

Online: www.brussels-economy-employment.brussels

For more information download the AEE’s annual report.

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