BELGIUM A. General Information about Belgium: A good starting point is the EURES publication on ‘Living and Working in Belgium‘. This brochure is assessable on the websites of the public employment services of the regions – for instance: http://www.vdab.be/english/Working%20and%20living%20in%20Belgium.pdf It provides general information on a.o.:
B. Migrating to Belgium: http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/policy/policy_areas/striving_for_global_solidarity/asylum_and_migration/ On this homepage – which is run by the the Begian foreign ministry – you will find all the neccessary information concerning migrating to Belgium. You can find information on asylum and on legal migration – meanly on a intra-European basis.
C. Looking for a job in Belgium: The situation in Belgium is complicated as the public employment services are regionalized.
For Flanders (Dutch speaking region) the VDAB is the public employment service: http://www.vdab.be/english
For the Brussels-capital region (French and Dutch speaking region) Actiris is the public employment service: http://www.actiris.be/tabid/173/language/fr-BE/A-propos-d-Actiris.aspx
For Wallonia (French speaking region) Le Forem is the public employment service: http://www.leforem.be
In the German speaking areas of Belgium the Arbeitsamt der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft is the public employment service: http://www.dglive.be/en/Desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-1263/2264_read-27181
D. Representation of Employees:
In Belgium, there are three big trade union confederations. There is a christian-democratic, a social democratic / socialist and a liberal confederations. Within these confederations, there are sectoral unions for the blue collar workers, unions for white collar workers and unions for public servants.
ACV (NL) – CSC (FR)
There is a separate union for white collar workers (LBC and CNE) and for public servants (ACV public services).
ABVV (NL) – FGTB (FR)
There is a separate union for white collar workers (BBTK - SETCa) and for public servants (ACOD - CGSP).