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Living and working in Belgium

Eurofound provides research, data and analysis on a wide range of social and work-related topics. This information is largely comparative, but also offers country-specific information for each of the EU Member States. This page contains information, research and data for Belgium.

Country profile

Working life in Belgium - Highlights

The main changes in working life in 2023 stem from the Labour Deal, a law finalised and formalised at the end of 2022 but implemented mostly in 2023. The law addresses several issues and developments within the Belgian labour market.



Life satisfaction

Data source: 2016 EQLS survey


Ability to choose or change methods of work

Data source: 2015 EWCS survey


Possibility to accumulate overtime for days off

Data source: 2013 ECS survey

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Eurofound strives to strengthen the ongoing link between its own work and national policy debates and priorities related to quality of life and work.



Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch database collects national level policy measures on various topics.

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Restructuring events in Belgium

The restructuring events database contains factsheets with data on large-scale restructuring events reported in the principal national media and company websites in each EU Member State.


Correspondents in Belgium

Correspondents report on topics related to developments in the country's working life and inform Eurofound’s pan-European comparative analysis. Read more

Consortium Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, represented by KU Leuven Research and Development and acting upon request of HIVA – Institute for Work and Society


Eurofound Management Board members from Belgium

Eurofound's Management Board is made up of representatives of the social partners and national governments of all Member States, European Commission representatives and an independent expert appointed by the European Parliament. Read more

Yves Bolsee Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue

Kris De Meester Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB-VBO)

Stijn Gryp Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (ACV-CSC)


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