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Spain

Services

Updated 10/2012

Your enterprise could benefit from a market of 480 million people in the 27 countries of the European Union. Have you considered it? The  internal market gives you the freedom and opportunity to do business in the EU

You can establish your enterprise in any Member State of the European Union. You have the chance to provide services in the state where your enterprise is located, or otherwise provide services from your base there to another Member State of the Union.

In order to fulfil freedom of establishment and provision of services, a simple procedure has been established for recognition of your professional qualifications or those of your employees: cases of temporary deployment and operations on a more long-term basis.

The various service sectors have been liberalised progressively over the years. The EU continues to adopt measures to extend liberalisation in this field. You should therefore bear in mind EU and Member State regulations for each service sector: advice, consultancy, professionals, postal services, retail distribution, e-commerce, media, sport, pharmaceuticals, transportation, telecoms and others.

In the event of difficulties or breaches of European regulations guaranteeing the free provision of services within the internal market you can contact the following link in an attempt to settle the dispute.

Legal requirements

Would you like to do business in Spain? Do you need to find out about the situation of the various service sectors in this country? Below are set out various links providing an insight into these measures to support enterprises, online administrative procedures, policies and other content.

Do you want to find out more about initiatives, programmes, grants, advice or other aspects connected with doing business in other countries?

 

Administrative procedures

Once you have decided to set up business in Spain or provide services from this country you have various options:

I - Establish your business in Spain to manufacture products or provide services:

II - Another option would be to provide services intended for European Union states other than where you are established. In other words, to perform what are known as intra-EU operations. In such cases you must fulfil the following administrative procedures:

1 - Tax Returns: You must register with the tax census of businesses or professionals as an intra-EU operator.

File the corresponding Value Added Tax return. Every three months if the volume is less than 50,000 euros. Monthly if in excess of this figure. This can be presented in person at a Tax Agency office, or via the Internet.

The easiest way to do this online is to download the help program, complete the form and then submit it with an electronic certificate signature.

3 - Companies performing economic activities in Spain must pay taxes:

4 - Temporarily deployed employees:

You should find out about the following circumstances: social security, health and professional qualifications.

- Social Security. Enterprises deploying employees to other Member States of the European Union on a temporary basis file a request with the Social Security of their country for deployment of the employee. The employee will continue to be protected by social security at home. If an employee is to be deployed for a period of more than 5 years. You must register the enterprise in the Social Security system of the country to which the worker is deployed and fulfil the obligations established for this purpose.

- Healthcare. In order to protect you or your employees on temporary deployment to other Member States of the European Union, you should file an application.

- Recognition or approval of professional qualifications.

Resources

Help & advice

Help & advice

E-mail a business organisation near you

The EU runs a network (Enterprise Europe Network) of local business organisations in most European countries that may be able to help you.

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