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:Choose country
- Czech Republiccsen
- Switzerland *
- United Kingdomen
* Information not yet provided by national authorities
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:
- setting up possible in no more than 3 working days
- costing no more than €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)
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.
This 2015 study shows recent progress by each EU country in reducing the time and cost of paperwork required to start a business.
- Interactive map: companies funded by the EU via the SME Instrument
- Find a company: access company information in the EU
- A central meeting point for startups in Europe
- Funding opportunities for SMEs and Startups
- European business register: official information on companies across Europe
- Women entrepreneurship gateway
- A platform to help local startups emerge and scale-up
- The European Investment Project Portal: reach potential investors worldwide
Contact a local business support partner