Starting and running a new company is not easy. Cumbersome, expensive, and time-consuming administrative procedures often discourage potential entrepreneurs from setting up their own businesses. The European Commission's objective is to reduce the burden of administrative procedures and encourage more people to become entrepreneurs, create new jobs, and improve Europe's economic performance.
The start-up procedure is a 'procedural cycle for a start-up that can be considered complete when a company is fully operational to develop its economic activities'.
Evidence shows that the less burdensome the administrative procedures for setting up a company are, the higher the rate of business start-ups is. Continuing with administrative simplification is therefore a top priority for the Commission.
Even though the EU business environment has improved, progress remains uneven across different countries. While it is rather easy to establish a new company in some countries, the procedures are still lengthy and complicated in others.
In 2017 the average time to start a private limited company was 3.1 days and cost was €311. The reduction of average time is mostly due to simplifications implemented in Cyprus, Greece, Hungary and Lithuania. The reduction of average cost is mostly due to a decrease in costs in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania and Sweden.
The first step to starting a business is to have the right entrepreneurial skills, knowledge, and attitude. Entrepreneurial skills can be built through informal learning and through formal education.