Teleworking remains recommended for federal public services located in Brussels

Teleworking remains recommended for federal public services located in the Brussels Region, said Federal Minister of Public Service Petra De Sutter (Groen) on Sunday in a new circular.


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Last Friday, the consultation committee lifted the “strong recommendation“teleworking, a relaxation that also applies to federal public services. However, it was announced that this measure would not yet apply to the Brussels Region.

To clarify the situation, Federal Minister of Public Service Petra De Sutter has sent a new circular containing specific recommendations for federal public services located in the Brussels-Capital Region. It is mentioned that teleworking remains strongly recommended in Brussels and that covering your mouth and nose with a mouth mask remains compulsory in public spaces.

Regarding the organization of events and return days, the rules set out in the ministerial decree of October 28, 2020 – an adapted version of which will come into force on September 1, 2021 – remain applicable.

The circular, like the new ministerial decree, will enter into force from September 1, 2021.

According to the latest statistics, the percentage of teleworkers in all federal public services was still above 86% on average in mid-July.

Pending a return to a more normal working situation, where the objective is to achieve an average of two days of teleworking per employee and per week, important preconditions such as a teleworking allowance, ergonomic equipment , the right to disconnect and a plan for more psychological resilience are already being developed“, adds the minister.

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