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The Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (Dutch: Verbond van Belgische Ondernemingen, VBO, French: Fédération des Entreprises de Belgique, FEB) is the only Belgiannon-profit organization representing companies in all three regions of Belgium. Its members, the different Belgian sectorialemployers' organizations, represent companies in key industrial and service sectors. All in all, it represents more than 30,000 businessess, of which 25,000 are small or medium-sized enterprises. Since 28 April 2005, Jean-Claude Daoust, of Daoust Interim is the President and since June 2004, Rudi Thomaes is CEO of the Federation of Belgian Enterprises.
The VBO/FEB aims to help create jobs for the future and ensure that these jobs complement each other, especially in the service, industrial and construction sectors. In terms of jobs, the VBO/FEB represents approximately 1.5 million workers in the private sector.
It was founded in 1973 after a merger of the Federation of Belgian Industries and the Federation of Non Industrial Enterprises of Belgium. The VBO/FEB is the voice of business in Belgium. It aims to: work towards creating an optimum business environment, promote business interests at federal, European and international level (in 150 bodies) and to ensure consistency in the message entrepreneurs deliver and the actions they take.