Company Law, Modernisation of Company Law and Enhancement of Corporate Governance, Business registers

The interconnection of business registers



Member States transposed the first set of obligations of Directive 2012/17/EU on interconnection of business registers. As of today, business registers will also have to make available information on the rules in their national law, according to which third parties can rely on certain company documents.


Directive 2012/17/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 June 2012 amending Council Directive 89/666/EEC and Directives 2005/56/EC and 2009/101/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the interconnection of central, commercial and companies registers Text with EEA relevance.



Linking business registers across Europe will stimulate cross-border trade and save up to 70 million euro a year



Commission adopts Green Paper exploring options to improve access to company information and co-operation between business registers.

The Commission has issued a Green Paper launching a public consultation on possible ways forward to improve access to information on businesses across the EU and more effective application of the company law directives. At the same time, the Commission has published a Progress Report on the interconnection of European business registers describing the current legal and factual situation of the access to information and co-operation between business registers.

Interested parties were invited to comment on the options set out in the Green Paper by 31 January 2010.


Last update: 07.07.2014