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Guide for businesspeople

A business goes through various stages of development between its formation and when the time comes to fold.

This section provides information on the formalities involved in starting and running a business:

Company life

The Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-employed and Energy publishes a guide in French and Dutch on its website to all the formalities that have to be completed when practising an economic activity. The guide is available as a series of PDFs from the External link'Company life' (FR/NL) section of its website.

The regional labour inspectorate

The Inspection régionale de l'Emploi (regional labour inspectorate) is responsible for checking that businesses comply with all prevailing labour laws in the Brussels-Capital Region with regard to foreign workers, private employment agencies, local development initiatives, job-market integration service providers and equal treatment. It also provides information to businesses on the laws for which it is competent and accepts complaints about the poor application of these laws. It should be noted that anonymous complaints are not generally followed up.
You can also contact the Inspection régionale de l'Emploi about any other problem connected to labour or social security law. They will endeavour to refer you to the right body.