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Council of Brussels Residents of Foreign Origins (CBOE)

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The Council of Brussels Residents of Foreign Origins has 23 members, of 14 different origins and is reinforced with 2 experts.

Members of the Council

The councillors are indicated by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen after application.

The objective is to value their personal expertise and that of their association, in particular in the reception of new-comers.

On the day of his installation, the member must:

  • be 18 years old
  • be living in Brussels for at least 6 months
  • be of good conduct
  • if he/she is not Belgian, be the holder of one of the following documents issued by the Belgian authorities: vehicle registration permit, registration in the register of foreigners, ID card of a foreigner, residence permit for a person of a member state of the European Union, special residence permit, certificate that replaces the residence permit


The CBOE meets at least 6 times a year: the sessions are open to the public and are held in the room of the city council. The Council acts as an executive organ. The Secretary is in charge of drafting the minutes of the sessions, whereas 2 civil servants assure a proper meeting of the Council.

The reports of the sessions of the CBOE:

Social offices

The social office of the Council listens to problems of foreigners. It gives answers to questions that aren't treated at a municipal counter. The questions often concern the stay, the registry office, the housing, the work permit, the naturalization. The office can be found at the Boulevard Maurice Lemonnier 162.

The office offers an accompaniment and a social follow-up for people often disorientated by the difficulties of the administrative procedures. The office is also a good lookout on the new migratory phenomena and the questions which they generate.

Annual report

The annual report gives an outline of the activities of the CBOE and statistical information on the questions and the problems treated by the social office.


Practical information

Council of Brussels Residents of Foreign Origins (CBOE)
Boulevard Maurice Lemonnier, 162
1000 Brussels

Tel. : 02 511 34 37
Fax : 02 511 63 76
Opening hours : From Monday till Thursday from 2:00 pm till 5:00 pm or by appointment the morning or on Fridays.

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