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Brussels - General Information

Currency
The local currency is the Euro (EUR).
ATM machines are found everywhere from where the local currency can be obtained.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and exchange offices.
There are several banks near the meeting venue, and there are exchange offices at the airport, train stations and many other locations.

Time
Belgium is in the Central European Time Zone (CET): GMT + 1 hour.

Smoking
The Belgian law forbids smoking in public transportation and indoor public areas. Smoking is not permitted inside the conference building.

Tipping
Tipping is not mandatory in Belgium. However, it is always appreciated for service in restaurants, taxi services, etc.

Taxi
In Belgium the taxis are usually black with yellow markings. Here are two taxi companies:
Taxi Verts: +32 (0)2 268 00 00 and Taxi Bleus: +32 (0)2 349 49 49.

Airport
Please make sure you arrive at Brussels Airport at least 2 hours before the plane’s departure because of the security control.

Emergency number: 112
Ambulance and fire fighters: 100
Police: 101

SHOPPING AND BUSINESS HOURS
Shopping hours are Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. The shops are closed on Sundays. Visitors from non-EU countries should ask for VAT refunds when purchasing goods.

VAT – VALUE ADDED TAX
Value Added Tax and similar taxes are charged on most goods and services in Belgium. VAT in Belgium is currently 21%. VAT is included in all Congress fees. As a participant in the ESE Brussels 2017 Congress you may have the possibility – under certain conditions – to recover the VAT paid on certain types of expenses incurred. This may apply to both non-European business travellers visiting Europe and to European business travellers to other EU countries. For further information, please contact Customs and Excise on departure at the airport.

VISA INFORMATION
Delegates travelling to Brussels from outside the EU must ensure that they have the proper documentation before departure. Visa letters are available through the Congress.

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