A special web portal to make cross border business easier in the EU

The new ‘Your Europe – Business’ portal gives entrepreneurs easy access to information on doing business in other EU Member States. It has been established in close cooperation with Member States and is part of the implementation of the Small Business Act. Re-launched by European Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen at the European Business Summit today, the site helps SMEs to take advantage of opportunities to trade and offer their services in the Single Market. ‘Your Europe – Business’ answers questions such as:

  • How to register a company in the Netherlands?
  • What permits are needed to sell products now also in Italy?
  • Or what does an entrepreneur need to know about taxes in Poland or labour law in Germany?

European Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, said: “This initiative is another step to make life easier for SMEs and to help them to do business in other Member States. The single market is too big an asset for European businesses to waste opportunities due to a lack of information.”

‘Your Europe – Business’ is another step to implement the Think Small First principle. It answers questions about legal requirements, possibilities and constraints of doing business in each EU Member State and at EU level.

However, the portal goes even further. It also offers direct access to e-government services (such as VAT refund procedures) and online administrative procedures in the EU Member States and gives companies a run-down of the business support services in a chosen country – for example the local branches of the Enterprise Europe Network. The offer even includes a dedicated section on access to finance for each country.

Developed in close cooperation with the Member States, all information is available in English and in the official language of any chosen country. Translations into further languages (such as German, French and languages of important neighbouring countries) will be added at a later state.

‘Your Europe – Business’ is available online at:

http://europa.eu/youreurope/business