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Legal basis

Legal basis of the BRIC

The law of 21 August 1987 (Belgian official journal of 26.09.1987) creates the BRIC, the Brussels Regional Informatics Centre, and defines as its organic mission promotion and guidance in the field of IT for local authorities.

The assistance provided for local authorities may include, among other things:

  • drawing up master plans;
  • audits, advice and assistance with acquisition;
  • staff training in IT;
  • drawing up inventories of the IT resources used in the communes.

The law of 16 June 1989 containing various institutional provisions (Belgian official journal 17.06.1989) amends the areas of competence of the Centre, which may be asked by the Executive of the Brussels-Capital Region to undertake any mission relating to the computerisation of the administration and of public interest bodies in the Brussels-Capital Region. The Centre can also be given IT missions for the Council of the Brussels-Capital Region. In this case, the Centre acts on the orders and at the expense of the Council of the Brussels-Capital Region.

Finally, the order of 20 May 1999 (Belgian official journal 29.07.1999) substantially reworked the provisions of the law of 21 August 1987.

The Centre has seen the scope of its activities extended to include ministerial offices and the Ministry of the Brussels-Capital Region, semi-regional public bodies and local authorities, as well as associations funded mainly by the regional public authorities, and intermunicipal companies whose territorial scope is confined within the limits of the 19 communes of Brussels. In addition, the Centre can respond to the needs of the Commission Communautaire française (Commission of the French-speaking Community), the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (Commission of the Flemish Community) and their services, subject to the agreement of their respective bodies. The Centre's missions include training, assistance with IT services, telematics and the implementation and follow-up of IT, telematics, cartography and telecommunication projects.

The Centre is also authorised to take part in and coordinate regional action at federal, international and European level with a view to promoting regional scientific and technical potential.

To carry out its missions, the Centre is authorised to conclude agreements or join forces with public or private legal entities.

The legislative stages are fundamental, but nevertheless it is important not to forget that the Government has specified the role and the missions of the Centre on several occasions.

In 1997, it entrusted the Centre with the implementation of the Multimedia Plan aimed at computerising primary and secondary schools in all networks located on the territory of the Region.