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Updated 07/11/2016

Updated 07/11/2016

Start-ups

To start a new company or expand your business in another EU country you need to know the rules that apply and the relevant national contact point to set up a company in that specific country.

Find the right place to start-up in different EU countries:

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Rights & obligations

As an EU citizen you are entitled to:

  • set up your own business (even as a sole trader) in any EU country (or Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein)
  • set up a subsidiary branch of an existing EU-based business that is already registered in one EU country.

The requirements vary by country - but the EU encourages its member countries to meet certain targets:

Evaluation tool

If you have already started a business, you can use this questionnaire to give you an indication of how it is performing, as well as some tips on improving it.

Background

This 2015 study shows recent progress by each EU country in reducing the time and cost of paperwork required to start a business.

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Points of single contact

Online points of single contact in every EU country can help you with every step of the procedure to set up your services business abroad.