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The Services Directive in Belgium

The Services Directive is a European law that aims to make life easier for companies that want to do business in the European Union. To learn more about licences and permits, please contact a Point of Single Contact.

Here you will find information on all procedures and requirements for companies that wish to do business or establish themselves in Belgium. It is about procedures and requirements lying within as well as outside the scope of the Services Directive. It is therefore clearly indicated whether a specific procedure or requirement falls within the scope of the Services Directive or not.

With the procedure guide you can find out which permits or licences you need. Click on the title of each permit or licence for more information (scope, conditions,…).

You have two options:

  1. You can download the list of procedures and then save it as a PDF file.
  2. You can request a Point of Single Contact to deal with these procedures on your behalf. You choose one of the nine recognized business counters. The Point of Single Contact will contact you as soon as possible to explain which documents you need to provide. The Point of Single Contact will charge a fee to apply for a licence with the competent authority on your behalf.

It is important to note that in Belgium formalities are imposed by different levels of authority. These formalities may differ depending on the region. Their scope of application is always mentioned in the procedure or requirement. In fact, there are federal, regional and community laws as well as municipal regulations.

Survey of the European Commission

The European Commission published a questionnaire which aims at providing experience-based evidence of "the remaining obstacles to a fully functioning Single Market for services, including in so far as possible non-regulatory restrictions, and the effectiveness and consistency of the existing legal framework applying to a sample of services activities". It targets all companies, especially SMEs, which provide services cross-border, have established a business in another Member State, have purchased cross-border services, or have tried to do so but have failed for different reasons. This includes activities carried out online. It is also an invitation of recipient of such services, consumers or other business, to provide feedback.