Trade, economy & finance
Brussels is an important centre of economic activity. There are small and big shops. The City also needs lots of means to assure its services and to finance its actions.
In the night from Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 June 2013 about thirty shops (souvenir shops, call and night shops) were checked in the Brussels city centre. The action included City inspectors, social services and the federal Finance Department: 36 reports were made for various irregularities.
Also in 2013, the City especially invests in the development and renovation of infrastructure (nurseries, schools, and community and sports areas), but also in the development of services for residents (cleanliness and maintenance of public spaces) and the further development of the decentralized services.
This map shows ATMs or cashpoints on the territory of the City of Brussels. Where to find banks for cash withdrawals in Brussels? If you click the places, the bank office and address will be shown.
The City of Brussels and the Federal Public Service of Finance organize the aid together. Thus, the residents of the City of Brussels get help completing their tax form.
In Belgium, a trader can only sell products under the name 'sales' ('solden' in Dutch, 'soldes' in French) twice a year. Both periods of sales are determined by law. The second period begins on 1 July and ends on 31 July 2013.
During Spring, Summer and Autumn some rummage sales and flea markets take place on the territory of the City of Brussels. These fairs and markets with second-hand goods in the center and Laeken offer lots of bargains.
No parking control in Laeken before 1 July
Before 1 July 2013 there will be no parking control in the newly regulated areas of the Laeken sector. So no fines will be given in the streets of Laeken that become a blue zone or a paying zone in the new Parking plan of the City of Brussels.