Last checked 13/06/2018
As of 30 March 2019, all EU law will cease to apply to the UK, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date, or the European Council and the UK decide unanimously to extend the two-year negotiation period. For more information about the legal repercussions for businesses:
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.
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- Switzerland *
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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
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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National information on expanding your business in another EU country.