Privacy policy

Last update: October 2022

The Flemish Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VARIO) with registered office at Koning Albert II-laan 35 box 9, 1030 Brussels is responsible for this privacy policy. Because the Advisory Council was established at the Department of Economics, Science and Innovation, if you have questions and/or comments, please contact the e-mail address

Confidential processing of the data

VARIO recognizes the importance of data protection and privacy of personal data of its website visitors. Therefore, we treat the personal data of data subjects with due care. It expressly confirms that all personal data will be processed in accordance with Regulation 2016/679 of April 27, 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation, abbreviated GDPR) to the extent possible and appropriate. VARIO recognizes that the protection of personal data is an essential part of GDPR compliance. When it is impossible to fully guarantee security, VARIO will take appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect personal data.

Purpose of the processing

Your personal data will only be used to contact you for what you have registered for and to ensure optimal service. You can communicate such data for the following actions/activities, and for which the following personal data are processed:

  • Register for the newsletter (VARIO-Update). You can also indicate whether or not you wish to be kept informed of events organized by VARIO: 
    • surname, first name, e-mail address, organization, position, street, zip code, city.
  • Register for one of our events/activities to keep you informed about its details. We also ask for your permission to put you on the participant list, which will then be given to all participants at the event. In addition, you can indicate whether or not you wish to be kept informed of future events, and whether or not you wish to receive our newsletter:
    • surname, first name, organization, e-mail address, telephone- or mobile number.

The personal data you provide will be included in our database for the purpose of:

  • Informing you about new developments within our policy area;
  • Inform you about events we organize;
  • Statistical purposes.

VARIO processes your personal data on the basis of:

  • Your consent
  • A legitimate interest

Consent to processing

By providing your personal data, you expressly authorize VARIO to process your personal data for the above purposes. 

Personal data will under no circumstances be passed on to third parties or processed for other purposes. Should this be the case, VARIO will first obtain your explicit consent.

Right to access, correct and delete personal data  

At any time you have the option to exercise the rights described in the GDPR.

  • Right to information

You have the right to request access to all personal data collected (including processing purposes, categories of personal data, specific retention period).

  • Right to rectification

You have the right to have incorrect or incomplete personal data corrected or completed.

  • Right to deletion ("Right to be forgotten")

If you would like your personal data to be deleted, please contact the Data Protection Officer at with a simple request for the deletion of your personal data.

  • Right to object

If you no longer wish to be notified of any newsletters or events you are entitled to file a right to object via email to Please note that the right to object does not apply in full if these personal data are necessary for the execution of an agreement between VARIO and you/your organization (for example: for invoicing goods or services supplied,...).

  • Right to restriction of processing

In certain cases you are entitled to restrict the processing of your personal data.

  • Right of data portability

You have the right to receive the personal data you have communicated to VARIO in a structured, commonly used readable format and/or to forward this data to another controller.

  • Right to file a complaint

If at any time you believe that VARIO infringes your privacy, you have the right to file a complaint to the Flemish Supervisory Commission. The contact details are:

Flemish Supervisory Commission
Koning Albert II-laan 15, 1210 Brussels
+32 (0)2 553 20 85

If you wish to exercise the above rights, you may do so by requesting them by mail to

Use of cookies 

This website makes use of so-called cookies. These are small files that are automatically stored on your computer's hard drive and can only be read by this website. The cookies are only used to remember your preferred language and whether you have enabled or disabled the textual display. This data is not used for marketing purposes.

Certain cookies may also be placed by a third party, for example Google Analytics to measure the use of the website (these are so-called third-party cookies) with the aim of making analyses and improving the website (e.g. making it more user-friendly). If you do not want such cookies to be placed on your computer, you can change your browser settings accordingly.

More info on what cookies our websites contain and how to disable them can be found in our Cookie Policy.

Hyperlinks and references

This website contains hyperlinks to websites or sources of information that are managed by other authorities or organizations. VARIO has no control over these websites. VARIO is therefore not responsible for and does not accept any liability with regard to the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of (the content of) these websites and information sources, nor for their availability.

The hyperlinks to other sites do not imply any endorsement of the external site or its contents. The links are provided for your information and convenience.


The images/photos/video material displayed on this website are either owned by VARIO or used under license from, unless otherwise indicated. These images may not be further used by third parties, unless express written permission has been granted by VARIO. For inclusion and use (publication) of visual material such as photo or film, approval is requested if the persons portrayed are clearly individually identifiable.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

VARIO reserves the right to modify and update this privacy statement at any time by posting a new version on our websites. We recommend that you consult this policy regularly so that you are always aware of the content of the applicable privacy statement.