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    What is the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises?

    The Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (CBE) is a database owned by the FPS Economy containing all the basic data concerning companies and their business units. The purpose of the CBE is twofold:

    • increasing the efficiency of public services; and
    • simplifying administrative procedures for companies.

    Method of operation

    The CBE centralises the basic data of companies and business unit and disseminates it to several competent authorities. The CBE assigns a unique identification number to each company and business unit. This identification number allows authorities to exchange information. Consequently, companies need to submit their data to the authorities only once.

    For whom?

    Specific services have been developed for each target group. Services exist for:

    Changes in the CBE from May 1, 2019

    The entry into force of the Companies and Associations Code on 01.05.2019 causes certain changes to the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (CBE) and its applications.

    Legal forms 

    The code table “legal data” is adapted. New codes of “legal forms” have been created while other codes have stopped. Corrections are also brought to some abbreviations. These adaptations are available in the code table “Legal data” , subpage “legal forms”. In addition, the search list by legal form has been adapted in the “search by name” module of the Public Search

    Legal functions

    New codes of “legal functions” have been created. They are available in the code table “Legal data”, subpage “functions”. The list of persons authorised to represent the registered entity has also been adapted.

    Email address and website 

    From now on, legal persons referred to in the Companies and Associations Code may include an email address and a website in their founding act (or later deed). New characteristics have therefore been created to distinguish these email addresses and websites from the declarative data that can be registered without specific procedures via the My Enterprise application or via the business counters. They are available in the “Contact information” code table. Please note that these changes are only visible in BCE wi, Web Services and My Enterprise applications.

    Reopening of liquidation proceedings 

    In case of a deficit liquidation and if it appears that one or more assets have been forgotten, the company court can order a reopening of the liquidation proceedings. As a result, the legal person regains the legal personality. A registered entity “legal person” may now, when it is discontinued in conclusion of the liquidation, get an active status, with “Reopening of the liquidation proceedings” as legal situation.  
    This new legal situation is available in the “Legal data” code table, sub “legal situation”.

    Adaptation of the denominations 

    As far as non-profit associations are concerned, the term “operation centre” is replaced by “branch”. 

    Registration of the company in the foreign register

    When a Belgian legal person transfers its registered office to a foreign country, it must provide its foreign identification number, which will be included under the heading “external identification number”. 

    Removal of the capital 

    The capital of the legal forms referred to in the Companies and Associations Code is removed from the CBE except for the limited companies, the European companies and the European cooperative partnerships. 

    Address modification in the CBE: January 2019

    At the beginning of January 2019, some active addresses were automatically converted in the CBE. These modifications are the result of:

    What are the consequences for the CBE data?

    • The addresses of registered entities Natural person, registered entities Legal person, establishment units and branches were automatically modified in the CBE provided the address is correctly registered in the CBE and it can be linked to an address which is officially recognized by the municipality.
    • These ex officio adaptations of addresses will be published automatically and free of charge in the annexes to the Belgian Official Gazette if your registered entity is subject to a publication obligation.

    In short, good news! The registered entity must take no steps to adapt the address in the CBE or to publish this change in the annexes to the Belgian Official Gazette.

    For further information regarding the address modifications in the CBE, please contact the CBE helpdesk at

    Companies and associations must however adapt their statutes. This can be done at the time of the next amendment of the statutes, after the publication of this address change. For further information on this obligation, please contact the FPS Justice.

    Changes in the CBE from November 1, 2018

    The entry into force on 01/11/2018 of the company law reform implies  a number of important changes for the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (CBE) and its applications.

    1. The concept of 'enterprise' disappears.

      From now on  the term 'enterprises' will no longer be used in the CBE,  but will be replaced by 'registered entities' or simply 'entities'. The terms 'enterprise number' and 'Crossroads Bank for Enterprises', on the other hand, are retained.

    2. The terms 'craft business’ and ‘(non-)commercial’ characteristic are abolished.

      As a result of the abolition of the concepts of trader and craftsman, the characteristics of ’commercial company’, ‘non-commercial company under private law' and 'craft business’ operating on 31 October 2018 will be converted into the new characteristic of 'enterprise subject to registration'. In other words, on 1 November 2018 the new characteristic of 'enterprise subject to registration' will be automatically granted.

    3. The distinction between the civil and commercial character of the company disappears.

      On 1 November 2018  legal forms starting with 'Civil company in the form of' will automatically be converted into a legal form that no longer refers to the civil nature.

    4. Several contact details can be registered in the CBE.

      An entity can have several contact details of the same type in the CBE. For example, an entity can have two or more e-mail addresses or telephone numbers. An entrepreneur can also change these data free of charge at any time via My Enterprise.

    Last update
    4 July 2019