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From the state-of-the-art facilities in mediapark.brussels to the comprehensive assistance offered by screen.brussels, Brussels has the skills, expertise and technology to help expand your audio-visual business.

How can Brussels help you achieve your goals?

The growing audio-visual and media sector

The audio-visual and media sector in Brussels is a vibrant ecosystem, buzzing with new ideas, projects and achievements. Part of the ecosystem is an audio-visual and media cluster of over 400 companies, consisting of media content production companies, studios, post-production facilities, equipment and technical transmission providers. Employing over 25.000 people in Brussels, the audio-visual and media sector generates 6% of the capital’s economy and has an annual average growth of 2.53% (VUB, ULB).

How can Brussels help you?

The entire media and audio-visual ecosystem is supported by the Brussels Capital Region. Thanks to our long experience with the sector, we know what companies need and want in order to achieve their ambitions, helping encourage further growth in the sector. This support takes many forms, including screen.brussels, mediapark.brussels, financial benefits and a flexible broadcasting regulator.

screen.brussels

screen.brussels has brought together all the support services the audio-visual sector needs via its four divisions: cluster (business support), fund (content funding), business (company funding) and film commission (logistic support).

mediapark.brussels

Brussels is also strongly supporting the media and audio-visual sector with the ambitious mediapark.brussels project that will turn the Reyers site into a regenerated district that is focused on the media and creative industries. The site, a 400,000m2 park on the site of the national TV stations (RTBF-VRT), will include new buildings for both the VRT and RTBF, 30,000m2 of office and workspace for media companies, residential housing for 6,000 new inhabitants, academic institutions, sports and leisure facilities and retail outlets. 5,000 people already work in the audio-visual sector on the site. Construction has already started and is planned to last until 2035.

Financial benefits

Brussels also has a number of financial benefits for the audio-visual sector, including a tax shelter for producers, cultural/regional funds and other financial instruments. In 2017, 556 productions received €154 million from the tax shelter and regional gave another €3 million to productions in Brussels (screen.brussels).

The regulator: BIPT

Plus, BIPT, the regulator for international broadcasters not exclusively linked to one language community (French, Dutch or German), has transposed the AVMS Directive with only minor changes regarding advertising to children. They also recommend federal law requirements are never stricter than the AVMS Directive. Within the restrictions of the AVMS Directive BIPT is flexible and open to new ideas and collaborations (BIPT).
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FAQ Frequently asked questions

EU Citizens:

All European Union citizens and citizens of the European Economic Area can live and work in Belgium without formalities and a work permit. EEA includes Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Non-EU citizens:

Non-EU citizens wishing to be employed in Belgium need to apply for a work permit and be legally resident in Belgium to work here (See the Invest in Brussels Guidelines for details).

Non-EU citizens wishing to be self-employed in Belgium need a professional card to practice their profession.

Work permit types

Belgium issues three types of work permits: AC Permit - valid for one year for multiple employers (typically for migrant agricultural or domestic workers); G Permit - not renewable; A/B Permit - valid for one employer for one year; renewable, typically by the same employer for the same position.

Corporate tax on profits is currently set at 33.99%. This will be reduced to 25% starting 2019 for big corporations. For Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), the corporate tax rate will be fall to 20.4% on the first bracket of euro100.000 of net taxable income from 2019 and will be 20% from 2021.

Personal income tax in Belgium is based on a progressive rate of taxable income, ranging from 25% to a maximum rate of 50%. To reduce taxable income, a wide range of deductions is possible.

Administrative and professional staff are paid monthly. Most employees receive a 13th month additional salary payment every year and double holiday pay, equivalent to 89% of the monthly salary. Salaries are inflation-adjusted.

Employees can also be remunerated in ‘in-kind benefits’, this reduces social security contributions tied to salary levels. In-kind benefits include company car, mobile phone, computer, group insurance, pension fund, stock options.

If you are starting a company in Brussels, one of the many payroll agencies can advise on employment contracts and help set up the payroll scheme.

Social security

Payment of social security contributions is compulsory. Professional staff and workers pay 13.07% of their gross salary to the national social security fund; employers pay 25% of the employee’s gross salary.

Belgian social security provides for unemployment benefits, pensions, sickness and disability benefits, family and child allowances, workers' compensation for accidents and healthcare.

To estimate employment costs for a company you are creating, see belgiumtaxcalculator

The future is close. Brussels is yours.

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The future is close. Brussels is yours.