Are you in Brussels for business? Are you hoping to set up your company here or maybe open a branch in the capital of Europe?
Maybe you’re in search of the perfect venue for your next conference. And you would be right to, because whether you are a diplomat, businessman, academic, trade unionist, journalist or lobbyist, the presence of international and European institutions brings with it many advantages. These advantages make Brussels an extraordinary opportunity for networking with a great number of international decision-makers and partners, deepening your international knowledge and knowhow, making the most of the outstanding conference and meetings infrastructure that the city offers. Brussels’ gastronomy, central location, wide range of hotels and impressive offer of culture and tourism provide the cherry on top of the cake. Here are four tips to help you get the best out of the capital of Europe.
Understanding how the EU works for you
Many of the European institutions organise free visits during which EU officials present either general explanations of the EU and how it functions, or can provide more specific and tailored presentations, whether you want to know about legislation around a specific subject that interests you or how you can get financing for your activities.
Benefitting your business. Networking and lobbying.
It goes without saying that the concentration of international and European institutions in Brussels gives you a distinct advantage when you attempt to meet with decision-makers who are all within a few square kilometres from the European quarter. If you are more interested in the employees of the European institutions themselves or the (minimum) 20,000 lobbyists who work in and around the institutions, then research the European quarter. Sign up to the Transparency register.
Events and conferences that work
As the top city for congresses in Europe and second in the World overall, the city offers an outstanding and prestigious hotels and conference venues infrastructure, as well as an interested target audience that is already present, and the possibility to carry out additional networking on an international stage. Along with a wide range of leisure activities, an easily accessible location and top-quality gastronomy, these are the reasons for organising or attending a conference in Brussels. Let’s meet!
Brussels helps: welcome to Brussels!
Brussels has various specialised free services that provide support when you aim to set up shop or organise an activity in Brussels. The Brussels Convention Bureau offers free advice, support and finance (under specific circumstances) to help you organise your event. The Association Bureau supports international associations with training, networking, a one-stop-shop and an international network with other world cities. The Expat Welcome Desk of the Brussels Commissioner for Europe and International Organisations (CEOI) helps your employees get settled in the capital of Europe.