This brochure briefly presents the European system of statistics and gives an overview of financial flows in the field of social protection in Belgium.

As usual, the ESSPROS brochure presents the figures on social protection in Belgium and Europe. The FPS Social Security collects these figures from its various partners.

Everyone has already heard of social security. The purpose of this brochure is to clarify the
Belgian social security system and to give some information on the international aspects of
social security Belgium is involved with.

Monitoring the social situation in Belgium and the progress towards the social objectives and the priorities of the National Reform Programme.

BELINCOSOC unites all the actors of the Belgian social security and is the structure that promotes international cooperation in that field (at European as well as at global level). 

BELINCOSOC is essentially an efficient tool for organising large-scale international projects and for helping countries that wish to organise, develop or improve their social protection system.

As single point of contact, BELINCOSOC also maintains, on behalf of its members, the relations with the international organisations active in the field of social protection and welfare.

Finally, BELINCOSOC wishes to encourage knowledge and experience sharing and thus aims to step forward as a study centre that is recognised by the aforementioned international organisations.

The debate on ‘flexicurity’ is currently high on the European employment and social
policy agenda. The concept originally referred to the Danish employment strategy of the
nineties, marked by relatively high levels of labour market flexibility combined with
relatively high (short-term) unemployment benefits and a broad array of activation and
temporary leave programmes. However, the concept has since been applied to varying
narratives built around the nexus of labour market flexibility, employment security and
social protection.

The foundations of the current Belgian disabled persons policy date back to the 
1960s. The intention at that time was to give disabled persons more chances to 
integrate in society.

Nowadays, emancipation and participation have become the key words within 
disabled care. This means e.g. that disabled persons must have access to all sectors of 
society, so not only to buildings, public transport, employment and education. 

At the 307th meeting of the Administrative Commission for the Coordination of Social Security Systems (AC) in December 2007 it was decided to create an Ad Hoc Group (AHG). The purpose of the AHG was to assist the AC in strengthening co-operation between competent institutions and more particularly in combating social security fraud and error. 

This lead to two AHG reports on fraud and error issues and the identification of major problem areas. 
The conclusions and recommendations in the final report lead to decision H5 in March 2010.