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Business Reforms in Belgium

= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative =  Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB2018

Paying Taxes: Belgium made paying taxes less costly by reducing the social security contributions rates paid by employers.

DB2016

Registering Property: Belgium made transferring property easier by introducing electronic property registration.

DB2015

Resolving Insolvency: Belgium made resolving insolvency more difficult by establishing additional requirements for commencing reorganization proceedings, including the submission of documents verified by external parties.

Labor Market Regulation: Belgium increased the notice period for redundancy dismissals.

DB2012

Registering Property: Belgium made property registration quicker for entrepreneurs by setting time limits and implementing its “e-notariat” system.

Trading across Borders: Belgium made trading across borders faster by improving its risk-based profiling system for imports.

Labor Market Regulation: Belgium increased the severance payment obligation.

DB2011

Registering Property: Belgium’s capital city, Brussels, made it more difficult to transfer property by requiring a clean-soil certificate.

Resolving Insolvency: Belgium introduced a new law that will promote and facilitate the survival of viable businesses experiencing financial difficulties.

DB2010

Registering Property: Belgium made transferring property easier by setting statutory time limits for some procedures.

Paying Taxes: Belgium made paying taxes easier for companies by making electronic filing mandatory for medium-size businesses.

DB2009

Enforcing Contracts: Belgium improved the process for enforcing contracts by establishing as a standard procedure the setting of binding time limits for the submission of written pleadings and by tightening deadlines for the delivery of expert opinions.

DB2008

Starting a Business: Belgium made starting a business easier by making an electronic registration and publication system available to all notaries. This system introduced a single registration number as well as automatic publication in the state gazette of the incorporation notice.