Start-up procedures - reference documents
Member States' commitments to administrative simplification in start-ups are based on the documents below. They also form the basis for the Commission's yearly tracking of results.
(Council document 7775/06 of 24 March 2006)
"Assessing business start-up procedures in the context of the renewed Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs" [164 KB] [164 KB]
2007 Commission Staff Working Document (SEC(2007)129 of 26 January 2007)
2008 Commission Communication Think small first: a "Small Business Act" for Europe [18 KB]
(COM(2008)394 of 25 June 2008)
Commission documents and studies prior to 2006
Benchmarking the Administration of Business Start-ups
2002 report presenting the main performance indicators in procedures for starting-up a business and 'operational' benchmarks in the EU-15
- Helping businesses start up
2000 good practice guide for business support organisations, identifying 20 examples of good practice in providing assistance to start-ups in the areas of training, information and finance and through direct support in the form of incubators.
Commission Recommendation from 1997
The Recommendation sets out specific measures relating to the start-up phase of a business and how Member States could improve their procedures. For example:
- Administrations should establish single contact points for start-up formalities;
- They should require enterprises to fill in only a single form which will be sent to the relevant parts of the administration;
- They should establish a single identification number to be used by businesses when dealing with any part of the public administration;
- Methods should be developed to speed up authorisation procedures, such as an automatic approval to start a business if the administration does not respond by a fixed date;
- Improvements should be introduced in the tax treatment of newly established
enterprises and VAT procedures for SMEs should be simplified;
- Social security contributions should be reduced when new employees are taken on;
- There should be more co-ordination between social security and taxation offices so as to improve the way they interact with businesses, for example in reducing the burden of different forms and different reporting periods.