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 point to set up a company in that specific country.
Find the right place to start-up in different EU countries:
What can you do?
As an EU citizen you are entitled to:
- set up your own business (even as a sole trader) in any EU country, 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 depending on the country. However, the EU encourages all countries to meet certain targets for helping to set up new companies, including:
- setting up in no more than 3 working days
- costing less than EUR 100
- completing all procedures through a single administrative body
- completing all registration formalities online
- registering a company in another EU country online (through the national contact points)
Funding and support
There are several projects dedicated to help startup businesses in the EU:
- Startup Europe strengthens networking opportunities between high tech startups, scaleups, investors, accelerators, corporate networks, universities and the media.
- Startup Europe Partnership is an integrated pan-European open innovation platform that helps the best EU scaleups grow.
- InvestEU Portal brings together investors and project promoters on a single EU-wide database of investment opportunities.