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.
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.
- 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.