Last checked: 17/08/2022

Starting a business

To start a new company or expand your business in another EU country (In this case, the 27 EU member states) you need to know the rules that apply and the relevant national contact pointOpen as an external link to set up a company in that specific country.

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

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What can you do?

As an EU citizen you are entitled to:


The requirements vary depending on the country. However, the EU encourages all countries to meet certain targets for helping to set up new companies, including:

Funding and support

There are several projects dedicated to help startup businesses in the EU: 

Read about EU funding programmes and how to get access to finance

See also:

See also

Need support from assistance services?

Get in touch with specialised assistance services

Points of single contact

National information on expanding your business in another EU country.

Do you have questions on operating a business cross-border, for example exporting or expanding to another EU country? If so, the Enterprise Europe Network can give you free advice.

You can also use the assistance service finder to find the right help for you.

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