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Poland

Branches

Updated 07/2012

Legal requirements

Foreign businesses can open branches in Poland under the provisions of the Freedom of Business Act.

Many of the requirements and procedures for opening a secondary establishment are the same as for starting up a business.

Administrative procedures

Registration

Foreign company branch

Foreign companies setting up a branch in Poland must:

  • apply for an entry in the Register of Entrepreneurs kept by the National Court Register;
  • state the type of business activity
  • appoint a representative authorised to represent the foreign company in the branch.  A branch may conduct only the same type of activity as its parent company abroad.

Other requirements:

  • a number in the National Official Business Register (REGON), and 
  • a tax identification number (NIP)

Foreign companies opening a branch in Poland must also:

  • provide the full name and address of their authorised representative in Poland;
  • attach the notarised signature of their authorised representative;
  • for businesses established on the basis of a founding act, agreement or statute, produce copies of these documents for the registration file of a branch together with their sworn translation into Polish;
  • for businesses operating on the basis of an entry in a register, produce a copy of the registration entry in the given register together with a sworn translation into Polish.

Foreign companies must trade under their original name alongside their legal form translated into Polish and the Polish term "oddział w Polsce" (branch in Poland).  Such businesses must also keep separate branch accounts in Polish.

Many requirements and procedures for opening a company branch are the same as for starting up a business.

Individual Contact Points (ICP) in Poland

An Individual Contact Point (ICP) provides information concerning the following issues:

  • procedures and official requirements with regard to conducting a business activity in Poland;
  • contact details and competencies of public institutions and offices;
  • modes and conditions of access to public registers and public databases concerning business activity and entrepreneurs;
  • legal means available in case of a dispute between an applicable institution and an undertaking or a consumer; between an undertaking and consumer; or between undertakings.

Using services provided by an Individual Contact Point is not obligatory. You can also visit applicable authorities.

Help & advice

Help & advice

Polish Chamber of Commerce under the Individual Contact Point provides information concerning matters related to cross-border activity as well as opening up branches and affiliates.

SOLVIT helps businesses deal with problems that arise when national authorities wrongly apply EU market rules.

If you wish to establish a business or perform temporary cross-border services in the EU/EEA area (the 27 EU member states, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), turn to the ‘Points of Single Contact (PSC)’ - Members of the EUGO network - that will help you to complete all necessary administrative procedures on-line! Get the information you need and submit your applications to the responsible authorities online. You no longer have to worry about contacting several different authorities one by one - the PSC will do it for you!

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