Coronavirus Brussels-Capital Region: 'recover bonus'

Author: Anne Ghysels (Legal Expert)
Date:

The Brussels Government is supporting the sectors of nightclubs, restaurants and cafés and their main suppliers, events, culture, tourism, sport and passenger transport by granting them a new bonus.

You can now apply for this bonus online.

Do you qualify for the bonus?

General conditions to be met

To be eligible for this bonus, you must:

  • be registered in the CBE on 31 December 2020;
  • have an establishment unit in the Brussels-Capital Region on 31 December 2020;
  • not benefit from the VAT exemption scheme for small enterprises;
  • fulfil your social and tax obligations and comply with your obligations regarding the publication of your annual account with the National Bank of Belgium;
  • have a Belgian current account;
  • not have benefited from any Brussels aid for non-profit organisations in the socio-cultural sector;
  • have generated a turnover in 2019 that exceeds the amounts listed below, depending on the number of establishment units of your company that are active in the Brussels-Capital Region and having a starting date registered in the CBE prior to 1 January 2020:

Number of establishment units in the Brussels-Capital Region

Turnover 2019

1

€ 25,000

2

€ 35,000

3

€ 45,000

4

€ 55,000

5 and +

€ 65,000

Particular conditions

You must also meet certain conditions which vary according to your sector of activity.

Reca sector (= hospitality sector without hotels) and its suppliers

  • You have one of the NACE codes listed in the annex.
  • You suffered a loss of turnover of at least 60% between the quarter Q4/2020 and the quarter Q4/2019. The loss of turnover is calculated over Q2-Q3-Q4 2020 + Q1 2021 compared to Q2-Q3-Q4 2019 + Q1 2020.
  • You meet your obligations with regard to the registered cash register system.

Events, culture, tourism, sport and passenger transport sector

  • You have one of the NACE codes listed in the annex.
  • You suffered a loss of turnover of at least 40% between the quarters Q2 to Q4 of 2020 and quarters Q2 to Q4 of 2019. The loss of turnover is calculated over Q2-Q3-Q4 2020 + Q1 2021 compared to Q2-Q3-Q4 2019 + Q1 2020.

Nightclubs sector

  • You have NACE code 56.302.
  • You suffered a loss of turnover of at least 40% between the quarter Q4/2020 and the quarter Q4/2019. The loss of turnover is calculated over Q2-Q3-Q4 2020 + Q1 2021 compared to Q2-Q3-Q4 2019 + Q1 2020.
  • You have an environmental licence or an environmental statement for your activity as a nightclub.

What is the amount of the bonus?

The amount depends on the percentage of loss of turnover and the number of employees you employ (in FTEs). The Brussels-Capital Region will use the 2019 social balance sheet to determine your number of employees (in FTEs). If you are not obliged to publish a social balance sheet or if the publication deadline has not yet expired, the Brussels administration will rely on a certificate issued by your payroll office showing the average number of employees in FTE for the year 2019.

If you were registered in the CBE during 2019, the amount of the 2019 turnover must be calculated in proportion to the number of days you were registered in the CBE in 2019.

The bonus is granted per establishment unit with a maximum of 5 establishment units per company.

The amount of the bonus shall not exceed the actual loss of turnover during the period concerned.

Bonus for the Reca sector and suppliers

Companies in these sectors established between 1/1/2019 and 31/12/2019

Loss of turnover of at least 60 %

Bonus: see table below

Loss of turnover of less than 60%.

€2,000

Companies in these sectors established between 1/1/2020 and 31/12/2020

 

€2,000

 

Number of full-time equivalents

Loss of turnover of 60% or more and less than 80%

Loss of turnover of 80% or more

Less than 0.5

€ 7,000

€ 12,000

From 0.5 to less than 10

€ 9,000

€ 15,000

From 10 to less than 20

€ 13,000

€ 20,000

20 and more

€ 17,000

€ 26,000

 

Bonus for the events, culture, tourism, sport and passenger transport sector

Companies in these sectors established between 1/1/2019 and 31/12/2019

Loss of turnover of at least 40 %

Bonus: see table below

Loss of turnover of less than 40%

€ 3,000

Companies in these sectors established between 1/1/2020 and 31/12/2020

 

€ 3,000

 

Number of FTEs

Loss of turnover of 40% or more and less than 60%

Loss of turnover of 60% or more and less than 80%

Loss of turnover of 80% or more

Less than 0.5

€ 7,000

€ 11,000

€ 13,000

From 0.5 to less than 10

€ 9,000

€ 15,000

€ 17,000

From 10 to less than 20

€ 11,000

€ 17,000

€ 20,000

20 or more

€ 13,000

€ 25,000

€ 27,000

 

Bonus for nightclubs

Nightclubs established between 01/01/2019 and 31/12/2019

Loss of turnover of at least 40%

Bonus: see table below

Loss of turnover of less than 40%

€ 3,000

Nightclubs established between 01/01/2020 and 31/12/2020

 

€ 3,000

 

Number of FTEs

Loss of turnover of 40% or more and less than 60%

Loss of turnover of 60% or more and less than 80%

Loss of turnover of 80% or more

Less than 0.5

€ 7,000

€ 11,000

€ 13,000

From 0.5 to less than 10

€ 9,000

€ 15,000

€ 17,000

From 10 to less than 20

€ 11,000

€ 17,000

€ 20,000

20 or more

€ 13,000

€ 25,000

€ 27,000

What do you need to do?

You can apply for the bonus on the Brussels Economy and Employment website using the online form. This form will be available from 25 October 2021.

The Brussels administration must receive your application by 25 November 2021 at the latest.

You can only submit one aid application.

Moreover, you cannot combine these 3 bonuses. You must choose one of these three bonuses if you meet the requirements to receive them.

Annex: list of NACE codes

Restaurants and cafes sector (RECA)

Description of the activity

NACE code

Processing and preserving of meat, excluding poultry

10.110

Processing and preservation of poultry

10.120

Production of meat and poultry products

10.130

Processing and preserving of fish, crustaceans and molluscs

10.200

Processing and preserving of potatoes, excluding the production of frozen potato preparations

10.311

Production of frozen potato preparations

10.312

Production of fruit and vegetable juices

10.320

Processing and preserving of vegetables, excluding the manufacture of frozen vegetables

10.391

Processing and preserving of fruit, excluding the manufacture of frozen fruit

10.392

Production of frozen fruit and vegetables

10.393

Manufacture of oils and fats

10.410

Manufacture of margarine and similar edible fats

10.420

Operation of dairies and cheese making

10.510

Manufacture of ice cream

10.520

Manufacture of grain mill products

10.610

Manufacture of starches and starch products

10.620

Manufacture of bakery and farinaceous products

10.711

Manufacture of bread and fresh pastry goods

10.712

Manufacture of rusks and biscuits and preserved pastry goods

10.720

Manufacture of macaroni, noodles, couscous and similar farinaceous products

10.730

Manufacture of sugar

10.810

Manufacture of cocoa, chocolate and sugar confectionery

10.820

Processing of tea and coffee

10.830

Manufacture of condiments and seasonings

10.840

Manufacture of prepared meals and dishes

10.850

Manufacture of homogenised food preparations and dietetic food

10.860

Manufacture of other food products

10.890

Distilling, rectifying and blending of spirits

11.010

Manufacture of wine from grape

11.020

Manufacture of cider and other fruit wines

11.030

Manufacture of other non-distilled fermented beverages

11.040

Manufacture of beer

11.050

Manufacture of malt

11.060

Manufacture of soft drinks; production of mineral waters and other bottled waters

11.070

Agents involved in the sale of food, beverages and tobacco

46.170

Wholesale of grain and seeds

46.211

Wholesale of other agricultural products

46.214

Wholesale of livestock

46.231

Wholesale of live animals, except livestock

46.232

Wholesale of ware potatoes

46.311

Wholesale of fruit and vegetables, except ware potatoes

46.319

Wholesale of meat and meat products, except poultry and game meat

46.321

Wholesale of poultry and game meat

46.322

Wholesale of dairy products and eggs

46.331

Wholesale of edible oils and fats

46.332

Wholesale of wines and spirits

46.341

Wholesale of beverages, general assortment

46.349

Wholesale of sugar, chocolate and confectionery

46.360

Wholesale of coffee, tea, cocoa and spices

46.370

Wholesale of fish, crustaceans and molluscs

46.381

Wholesale of potato products

46.382

Wholesale of other food

46.389

Non-specialised wholesale of frozen food

46.391

Non-specialised wholesale of frozen food, beverages and tobacco

46.392

Full service catering

56.101

Limited service catering

56.102

Other food service activities

56.290

Cafés and bars

56.301

Other drinking establishments

56.309

Events, culture, tourism, sport and passenger transport sector

Urban and suburban passenger land transport

49.110

Taxi operation

49.320

Other passenger land transport

49.390

Event catering activities

56.210

Motion picture, video and television programme distribution activities

59.130

Motion picture projection activities

59.140

Other specialised design activities (design of exhibition stands)

74.109

Photographic activities

74.201

Other photographic activities

74.209

Renting and leasing of television and other audio and video equipment

77.292

Renting and leasing of crockery, glassware, kitchen utensils, tableware, electric household appliances and other household utensils

77.293

Renting and leasing of textiles, clothing, jewellery and footwear

77.294

Renting and leasing of flowers and plants

77.296

Renting and leasing of tents

77.392

Travel agency activities

79.110

Tour operator activities

79.120

Tourist information services

79.901

Other reservation service and related activities

79.909

General cleaning of buildings

81.210

Other building and industrial cleaning activities

81.220

Organisation of conventions and trade shows

82.300

Performance by independent artists

90.011

Performance by artistic ensembles

90.012

Promotion and organization of performing arts events

90.021

Stage design and construction

90.022

Specialised image, lighting and sound techniques

90.023

Operation of theatres, concert halls and the like

90.041

Museums activities

91.020

Operation of historical sites and buildings and similar visitor attractions

91.030

Botanical and zoological gardens

91.041

Gambling and betting activities

92.000

Operation of sports facilities

93.110

Activities of football clubs

93.121

Activities of tennis clubs

93.122

Activities of other ball sports clubs

93.123

Activities of cycling clubs

93.124

Activities of martial arts clubs

93.125

Activities of water sports clubs

93.126

Activities of riding clubs

93.127

Activities of athletics clubs

93.128

Activities of other sports clubs

93.129

Fitness facilities

93.130

Other sports activities

93.199

Fairground activities

93.211

Operation of amusement and theme parks

93.212

Operation of snooker and billiard halls

93.291

Operation of recreational areas

93.292

Other amusement and recreation activities

93.299

Industrial laundry activities

96.011

 

Sources: www.1819.be; Decree of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region of 19 October 2021 on recover aid to businesses still particularly hit in the sectors of nightclubs, restaurants and cafés and some of their suppliers, events, culture, tourism, sport and passenger transport, Belgian Official Gazette of 25 October 2021

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