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Priorities for a Prosperous Belgium

Update: One year after the may 2014 elections

One year after the May 2014 elections and six months after the government formation, AmCham Belgium released the results of a survey of our member companies which reveals that while labor costs remain the top priority for the international business community, mobility, energy and talent are gaining in importance.

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From Urgency to Opportunity

AmCham Belgium's annual set of policy recommendations to the Belgian Government and the political parties - the Priorities for a Prosperous Belgium - this year present recommendations in six policy areas that have a decisive impact on current and future competitiveness. The federal and regional elections on May 25, 2014 present a window of opportunity to act upon these urgent reforms.

The Chamber recommends immediate action in three areas – labor costs, corporate taxation, and R&D and innovation – as they can have a direct impact on Belgium’s competitiveness. These recommendations, which mainly aim at lowering costs and improving existing measures, require political will and courage.

Additionally, Belgium must invest in its future. The Chamber raises its concern about three other policy areas – energy, mobility, and the skills gap – which are climbing in importance for our member companies and which, if not addressed now, will have a lasting impact on Belgium’s attractiveness as an investment destination.

AmCham Belgium is prepared to work in partnership with the next governments – at all levels in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia – on the basis of our Priorities for a Prosperous Belgium, for the benefit of the country.

Priorities for a Prosperous Belgium