The Brussels Commissioner for Europe and International Organisations (CEIO) was appointed by the Brussels government in December 2014.

The Brussels-Capital Region attaches great importance to the presence on its territory of international organisations, their impact on urban dynamics and the well-being of their staff.


  • ESTABLISH STRUCTURAL RELATIONS between the regional and local Brussels authorities and the international organisations, European institutions and diplomatic missions on Brussels territory.
  • DEVELOP A HOST REGION POLICY within the framework of regional powers and in harmony with the development of the Region and the needs of its citizens.
  • FORMULATE POLICY ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS to the government of the Brussels-Capital Region about any project with a potential impact on international organisations.
  • ACT AS SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT for all European institutions and international organisations via the Institutional Liaison Desk.
  • WELCOME THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY through the administrative assistance of the Expat Welcome Desk.

Expat Welcome Desk

The multilingual team of the Expat Welcome Desk  (EWD) offers tailor-made administrative assistance to the international community settling in the Brussels-Capital Region. This public service is free and independent and provides support with any practical or legal problem that may arise at your arrival or during your stay.

Institutional Liaison Desk

The team in charge of the liaison with the European institutions and international organisations acts as a go-between and single point of contact in the areas of urban development, security, environment, mobility and planning of public space. A special focus is given to major projects planned for the European quarter.