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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:

    CAC and adaptations to legal forms and functions - 10 .06.2022

    The Act of 23 March 2019 introducing the Companies and Associations Code (CAC) has made a series of changes relating to legal forms and functions.

    This act provides that, from a certain date, some legal forms and functions (within certain legal forms) must be considered/read differently, even before the filing of the articles of association to comply with the provisions of the CAC and/or, as regards functions, even before the filing of the instrument of appointment or renewal.

    Therefore, for certain legal forms and functions, the CBE has added the legal form/function as it should be read/considered, as well as the starting date of that form/function and, where applicable, the ending date (for functions only).

    Link added to the statutes and powers of representation of authentic legal forms for legal persons- 10.06.2022

    A link to database of the statutes and powers of representation is added to the CBEwi, My Enterprise, Public Search and Mobile Public Search applications. The link is added to "external sources", "other information sources" and "external links" respectively.

    This link appears for registered entities legal person and refers to the statutes of legal entities and their updates (coordinated statutes) as well as the powers of representation of legal persons with regard to third parties, when they result from notarial acts.

    COSTA: link added to the statutes of authentic legal forms for legal persons- 28.01.2022

    As of 28/01/2022, a new link to the “COSTA” database will be added to the CBEwi, My Enterprise, Public Search and Mobile Public Search applications. The link is added to "external sources", "other information sources" and "external links" respectively and will only appear for registered entities legal person. In this database you will find the statutes of legal entities and their updates (coordinated statutes) insofar as they concern notarial deeds filed from 01/05/2019.

    Conversion of NSSO-LPA activities and capacities – 22.11.2021

    Following the merger between the SSSSO (formerly ONSS-APL) and the NSSO, the "00294 – Employer NSSO-Local and Provincial Administrations" capacities (recorded at entity level), and the "Activities NSSO-LPA” (recorded at entity level and at the level of the business units) are converted into NSSO capacities and NSSO activities as of 1 January 2022.
    The codes of the "00294 - Employer NSSO-Local and Provincial Administrations" capacity and of the "005 - PPO001 - Activities NSSO-LPA" activity group will be discontinued with 31 December 2021 as end date.

    Branches in Belgium of a foreign entity: new data structure and possibility to register several branches - 10.09.2021

    The registration of branches in the CBE has been amended to allow the registration of several branches for the same foreign entity (legal form 030). The main goal is to enable the exchange of information on branches within the European BRIS (Business Registers Interconnection System).

    Branches are identified by their address. From now on, the designation (name or abbreviation) of the branch may be registered, provided that it differs from the designation of the entity. A new code “type of name”: “004 - Branch name” has been created.

    The contact details of the branch are no longer registered at the branch level, but at the level of the corresponding business unit.

    All branches already registered in the CBE are migrated to the new data structure. The “contact details of the branch” have been migrated to the corresponding business units.

    Note, however, that the registration of several branches and branch names are subject to the entry into force of a Royal Decree (RD) amending the Royal Decree of 29 April 2019 implementing the Companies and Associations Code, which has not yet been published.

    Modification of the announcement of a foreign entity or a registered natural person entity - 20.11.2020

    The announcement process of foreign entities and registered entities natural persons, now, requires the registration of:

    • a characteristic;
    • an authorisation;
    • an application for a characteristic;
    • or an application for an authorisation.

    The registration of this (application for a) characteristic or authorisation also allows to know the reason for announcement of the entity in the CBE.

    The following data can no longer be registered:

    • The characteristic 00001-ESD service provider;
    • The characteristic 00002-non-EU service provider;
    • ESD-activities.

    Those data are linked to the scope of the services directive and are, therefore, too restrictive. All (applications for) authorisations/characteristics must be able to be registered with the CBE, regardless of whether or not they fall within the scope of the services directive.

    The "00001-ESD service provider" and "00002-non-EU service provider" characteristic codes as well as the "ESD001" activity code are, therefore, discontinued in the code tables "characteristic" and "activities" respectively.

    Code 019 "Discontinuation of a ESD-non-EU entity " is also discontinued in the code tables "legal status" and "reason for discontinuation of the entity".

    Those codes will be discontinued on the date of the release (i.e. 20/11/2020).

    Finally, the aforementioned characteristics and activities will be discontinued in the CBE.

    Modification to the "Services for All" - 01.10.2020

    Changes were made to the Open data files and the Public Search web services. 

    The address of the oldest business unit is no longer included as the address of the head office of the entities ‘natural person’. 

    However, the addresses of the establishment units of these entities are still provided at the establishment units data level.

    Modification of the "Services for everyone" – 06.07.2020

    Non-structural changes have been made in some applications for everyone. For more information, please visit the Public Search and Public Search Mobile news page.

    Revocation of the dissolution – 29.05.2020

    When a judicial dissolution has been pronounced and it appears that the conditions for the dissolution were not met, a judgment may declare the said judicial dissolution. We will then talk about “Revocation of the dissolution”.

    From 29 May 2020, company courts can register judgments relating to a withdrawal of a judicial dissolution in the CBE by entering a new event “Revocation of the dissolution" in the legal status "Judicial dissolution or nullity" for registered entities legal person.

    As a result, the legal status and status of the entity will change into the legal status and status that were valid prior to the registration of the dissolution.

    That new event is available in the code table “Legal data”, on the “Events” tab.

    Privacy statement – 29.05.2020

    You can read our Privacy statement via the new section “Privacy statement”. It informs you on how the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises processes and uses personal data, on the rights of the person involved and how to exercise these rights.

    New legal situation / reason for the cessation - 07.02.2020

    The foreign entities, which are located in the European Economic Area (EEA) and have a branch in Belgium, can be automatically deleted in the CBE when they are stopped in their registry of origin. The automatic deletion is only possible with a notification of the discontinuation from the European Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS).

    In concrete terms, the CBE performs the following operations:

    On the date mentioned in the notification:

    • stopping of the foreign entity, with “Deletion following the stopping in a registry of the EEA” as stopping reason;
    • stopping of the branch (address);
    • registration of the legal situation “Deletion following the stopping in a registry of the EEA”.

    Afterwards, the deletion is published in the Annexes to the Belgian Official Gazette.

    The new reason for the cessation and legal situation are available in the table of codes “Legal data”.

    Display of the capital - 01.01.2020

    From 1 January 2020 on, private limited liability companies will no longer have capital. As a result, the capital of these entities, active on that date, will automatically be converted to “0” and will no longer be visible in the different applications of the CBE, except for CBE Select, where the displayed capital corresponds to “0”.

    For private limited liability companies discontinued before 01.01.2020, the amount of the registered capital remains available.

    Companies and Associaitons Code - 01.05.2019

    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 - 01.01.2019

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

    • the merger of 15 municipalities in the Flemish Region (more info)
    • new district boundaries in Antwerp and Ekeren
    • the change in the composition of the administrative districts in Hainaut (more info)

    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.

    Company law reform - 01.11.2018

    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
    10 June 2022

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