This website is hosted by the National Bank of Belgium (hereinafter referred to as the NBB).

The NBB uses cookies on its website. Cookies are small text files placed on the hard drives of the computers of website visitors. They contain information such as the user's language preference, so the person is not required to supply information again when revisiting the same website.

Cookies facilitate visits to the NBB's websites, while helping the NBB to store user preferences and visitor information and keep track of user trends. However, the NBB does not establish any link between the information saved by the cookies and data by name concerning the visitors to its websites.

Should any personal data be obtained via the use of cookies, it will be handled in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR) and the NBB’s privacy policy.    

The following types of cookies are used on the NBB's websites:

  1. Necessary cookies: technically essential cookies and functional cookies
  2. Analytical cookies

Necessary cookies

Technically essential cookies

These are cookies that are technically necessary in order to use the websites. These cookies can therefore not be disabled.

Functional cookies

These are cookies that are necessary for the proper functioning of the website. You cannot refuse these cookies if you want to browse the website. For example, these may be cookies that remember the choice of language, the content visitors previously viewed on website or the email address and password they provided when registering during an earlier visit to a website.  These cookies may also include third-party cookies. They are mainly cookies enabling visitors to see videos incorporated in our website.

Analytical cookies

The NBB's websites make use of Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc. ("Google"), to measure information about website visits. Google Analytics uses cookies that generate information on the number of website visitors, the number of pages consulted, website activity reports and how often visitors return. For this web analysis service, the NBB has concluded a subcontracting agreement with Google pursuant to Article 28 of the GDPR. Information generated by the cookie is transferred to Google, which stores it on servers in the United States as well. Before storing the data, Google anonymises it by deleting the last byte of your IP address. Data stored may not be used by Google for its own purposes or for advertising purposes. No use is made of other Google services combined with the cookie created by Google Analytics. For further information on the use of Google Analytics, you can consult Google’s privacy policy, and notably the way in which Google uses data gleaned from websites that use its services. The use of analytical cookies requires your prior consent. You may therefore refuse the creation of these cookies:

Accept analytical cookies Refuse analytical cookies

You may change your cookie settings at any time (for instance, by asking to be notified when cookies are sent to your computer, or by refusing cookies) by altering your Internet browser settings. It should nevertheless be noted that, in this case, you may be unable to register on the NBB's websites or use other functions for which registration or information gathering is required.


If you have any questions about the use of cookies by the NBB, feel free to contact us:

  • by sending an e-mail to [email protected]; or
  • by writing to the National Bank of Belgium, Data Protection Officer, boulevard de Berlaimontlaan 14, 1000 Brussels.

List of cookies

Depending on the web page you are visiting, the following cookies may be used.



Type and origin


Storage period


Necessary cookies - NBB

Registers whether you accept cookies.

100 days


Necessary cookies - NBB

Registers your language choice for the website view.

365 days

webform-<webform identifier>

Necessary cookies - NBB

Registers the submission of web forms and prevents spamming when submitting.

24 hours

SESS<session id>

Necessary cookies - NBB

Contains the session ID

During the browsing   session


Necessary cookies - NBB

Records Drupal-connected users’ settings that are specific to Drupal itself.

365 days


Necessary cookies - NBB

Ensures correct presentation of the page for users who don’t use Javascript.

During   browsing session


Necessary cookies – F5

Identification of the browsing session.

During browsing   session


Necessary cookies – F5

Records your language choice to display the website.

1 week


Necessary cookies – F5

Signing and securing connections with our server.

During browsing   session


Necessary cookies – F5

Saves the IP address used for connection to the Central Balance Sheet Office application.

1 hour


Analytical cookies – Google Analytics

Records a single identification code enabling statistical data on the way in which the visitor uses the website to be generated.  

24 months


Analytical cookies – Google Analytics

Records a single identification code enabling statistical data on the way in which the visitor uses the website to be generated.  

24 hours


Analytical cookies – Google Analytics

Spam prevention. Limits the number of requests sent to Google Analytics.

1 minute


Necessary cookies - AddtoAny

Enables the user to share a web page on social media.

24 hours


Necessary cookies - Cloudflare

Identifies individual users behind a shared IP address and applies security settings per individual user.  

365 days