Participate in an individual capacity in professional and international trade fairs and exhibitions held abroad.

Submit an application



Within this envelope, the Wallonia Export-Investment Agency proposes 2 packages:

  • a conventional subsidy for trade fairs and exhibitions
  • an SME bonus to encourage SMEs who are      participating for the first time in a trade fair or exhibition abroad

The "Participation in trade fairs and exhibitions abroad" support is de minimis aid within the meaning of Regulation (EU) no 1407/2013.

Download the 'Support for Participation in trade fairs and exhibitions abroad' leaflet

Support for Participation in trade fairs and exhibitions abroad


Any Walloon business that is a manufacturer or service provider, developing an international project with added value for the Walloon economy. The Wallonia Export-Investment Agency appreciates the realistic character of this added value.

A business is an entity, irrespective of its legal form, engaged in an economic activity, given that, in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013, all entities which are controlled by the same entity are considered as a single undertaking.

The "SME BONUS" (see below) is reserved for SMEs, in the European sense of the term, taking part in a trade fair or exhibition abroad for the first time.

Terms of the contribution

The Wallonia Export-Investment Agency offers companies the opportunity to manage their own action programme over 3 years. 

The Wallonia Export-Investment Agency's contribution amounts to a maximum of 50,000 EUR over 3 years per company.

This is a maximum of 75,000 EUR over 3 years for starters (SMEs less than 5 years old).

The Wallonia Export-Investment Agency covers a maximum of 50% of the costs (excluding VAT) of hiring and constructing an exhibition stand from 6 to 50 m2, invoiced by the trade fair or exhibition organiser abroad. The Wallonia Export-Investment Agency's contribution is limited to 200 EUR/m2.

For trade fairs and exhibitions taking place outside the EU, it is possible to ask for a contribution from the Wallonia Export-Investment Agency for travel and accommodation expenses.This will be awarded under the conditions for Mobility Support and included in the total number of permitted trips.

A BONUS (SME BONUS) is given to Walloon SMEs participating in their first trade fair or exhibition outside Belgium. The Wallonia Export-Investment Agency covers 50% of the costs of hiring, constructing and managing a stand (surface area of 6 to 50m²), as well as travel and accommodation expenses for a sales representative sent on site from Belgium for the entire duration of the event (fixed amount).

Conditions of the contribution

Companies must submit their application electronically to the Wallonia Export-Investment Agency before the start of the event.

An advance payment may be made from the date of notification of the grant award decision by the Wallonia Export-Investment Agency.

Payment of the contribution

In the case of applications for incentives submitted from 1 January 2016 onwards which have been the subject of a ministerial agreement, the payment procedure is simplified in accordance with the principle of legitimate expectations.

For applications submitted before 1 January 2016, the settlement conditions set out in the subsidy decree remain in force.

Download the Decree of the Walloon Government of 29 October 2015 concerning aid for the internationalisation of companies.


Nadine De Mattia

Support foires

T 32-2-421.85.97

Patricia Van Seghbroeck

Support foires

T 32-2-421.85.31

Luc Pirson

Support foires

T +32-2-421.83.92

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