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Belgium is located in the very center of Europe, and its capital city, Brussels, has attracted numerous trade associations, international business groups and other professional organizations to the country. Brussels has the second-largest number of diplomats in the world. It is also home to the European Commission, which employs nearly 33,200 people. NATO’s headquarters is also located in Brussels.

Business Organizations

European Women’s Management Development (EWMD)
http://www.ewmd.org/ (English)
EWMD is an international network built by women for women and men in management. It works to improve the quality of management with respect to diverse sectors of the population throughout Europe. The network links professionals from all areas of business, education, politics and culture. The Belgian branch prides itself on attracting professional women who have a diversified international cultural background and professional experience. The organization offers networking opportunities among a culturally and professionally diverse group.

European Women’s Management Development
Mainzer Str. 52
D-65185 Wiesbaden 
Germany 
Email: international-office@ewmd.org
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Professional Organizations

Information Technology

Belgian Telecommunications Users Group (BELTUG)
http://www.beltug.be/ (English)
BELTUG, Belgium’s largest independent communication technology and services user group, brings together ICT managers with a focus on company networks, mobile communications, UC and Cloud. More than 1,200 members actively share their knowledge with each other, benefiting from expert reports, workshops, conferences, publications and lobbying. In an online environment or in person, members learn from each other to enhance their communications technology and services.

Tel: +32 03-778 17 83    
Fax: +32 03-766 41 86

Engineering

Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs (SEFI)
European Society of Engineering Education
http://www.sefi.be/ (English and many other languages)
The Belgian non-profit organization SEFI provides information on engineering education in Europe and promotes communication, cooperation and exchange. It is the largest network of higher education engineering institutions and individuals involved in engineering education in Europe. This website includes downloadable documents, information on conferences and seminars, and links of interest.

Tel: +32 2 5023609  
Fax: +32 2 5029611  
Email: info@sefi.be
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Accounting and Finance

European Accounting Association (EAA)
http://www.eaa-online.org/ (English)
The primary goal of the Brussels-based EAA is to link together members of the accounting community throughout Europe, disseminating accounting information and research. The EAA has established a secure and developing series of networks that bring together all accounting researchers interested in a wider European approach to their subject and research interests. The organization holds an annual conference and publishes the European Accounting Review. The EEA is managed by the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM).

Tel: +32 2 226 66 60 
Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: eaa@eiasm.be

Business Management and Marketing

Belgian Management & Marketing Association (BMMA)
www.bmma.be/ (French, Dutch)
The BMMA’s mission is to promote networking and knowledge exchange among its more than 500 members. The association organizes debates on a variety of issues. It is also heavily involved in education, developing a graduate degree in marketing and advertising with the Solvay Business School.

Tel: +32 2 730 44 21
Fax: +32 2 730 44 13
Email: info@bmma.be
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Industry Organizations and Councils

Fédération Belge de l’Automobile et du Cycle (FEBIAC)
Belgische Automobiel- en Tweewielerfederatie
Belgian Auto and Cycle Federation
http://www.febiac.be/ (Dutch, French)
FEBIAC represents the interests of Belgian-based manufacturers, importers and suppliers in all areas of road transport (cars, commercial vehicles, motorized two-wheelers and bicycles) at the European, international, federal and regional levels. It also organizes the Brussels International Motor Shows.

Tel: +32 02/778 64 00
Fax: +32 02/762 81 71
Email: info@febiac.be

Unions and Labor Organizations

Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond (ABVV) 
Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique (FGTB)
General Federation of Labour of Belgium
http://www.abvv.be/ (Dutch)
http://www.fgtb.be/ (French)
ABVV/FGTB is a trade union comprised of nearly 1.5 million members across a variety of trades. Each member is assigned to a regional union whose designees represent its regional members. Trades represented include metal, textiles, transportation, food services and other blue-collar fields.

Tel: +32 2 5068211
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Networking Groups

Antwerp British and International Women
http://www.abiw.org/ (English)
This organization was founded to provide a center for expatriates to participate in social, cultural and charitable activities. English-speaking women of all nationalities are welcome in this organization. Besides British expatriates, it currently has members from USA, Belgium, Canada, Holland, Finland, Greece, India, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and Taiwan.

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Chambers of Commerce

Belgian Chambers - Fédération des Chambres de Commerce belges
Federatie van Belgische Kamers van Koophandel
Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce 
http://www.belgianchambers.be/ (English, French, Dutch) 
Belgium Chambers consists of 36 chambers, which represent more than 30,000 Belgian companies. There are also two regional umbrella organizations: Vereniging van Vlaamse Kamers voor Handel en Nijverheid for Flanders, which has 14 chambers, and the Association des Chambres de Commerce et d’Industrie de Wallonie for Wallonia, which has 11 chambers. These organizations are the contact point for the regional governments. The other components of the Belgian Chambers are the 49 Belgian chambers abroad. The federation coordinates and supports the Belgian chambers and defends the interests of the chambers with national and European organizations. The federation promotes companies and trade exchanges without discrimination by sector or size of company at the national and international level.

Belgian Chambers
Avenue Louise 500
B - 1050 Brussels
Belgium 
Tel: +32 2 2090550   
Fax: +32 2 2090568   
Email: info@belgianchambers.be

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the Belgium Guide.



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