Last checked: 04/05/2022

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 point<label id="yeb_label_open_external_link" language="en">Open as an external link</label> to set up a company in that specific country.

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

Questions on a specific country?

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 different EU funds available for startup businesses. To find out which one meets your needs, as well as information on support and resources, visit the Startup Europe Club<label id="yeb_label_open_external_link" language="en">Open as an external link</label>.

You can also use the Startup Europe Partnership platform to get help with expanding and developing your business. 

If you're looking to increase the visibility of your business project, you can register your project on the European Investment Project Portal. The portal also enables you to get in contact with potential international investors.

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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.

Local business support

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.

More assistance services

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