Company Law, Modernisation of Company Law and Enhancement of Corporate Governance, European Private Company

European Private Company

The European Commission has presented a proposal for a Statute on a European Private Company (“SPE”). This new company form will enable small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to do business throughout the EU, with the aim of cutting costs and encouraging growth in this area.

The SPE has been designed to address the current onerous obligations on SMEs operating across borders, who need to set up subsidiaries in different company forms in every Member State in which they want to do business. In practical terms, the SPE would mean that SMEs can set up their company in the same form, no matter if they do business in their own Member State or in another. Opting for the SPE will save entrepreneurs time and money on legal advice, management and administration.

The proposal will now be submitted to the European Parliament and Council.

Proposal for a European Private Company Statute (25.06.2008)

Consultations and the conference on the European Private Company Statute 

10.03.2008 - Conference on the European Private Company

3.10 - 5.11.2007 - European Business Test Panel (EBTP) 

20.07 - 31.10.2007 - Public Consultation

Background documents

Parliamentary Report

  • European Parliament - Report with recommendations to the Commission on the European private company statute (2006/2013(INI)) PDF - 44 KBEnglish

Feasibility Study

  • The feasibility study on a European statute for small and medium-sized enterprises PDFFrançais



Last update: 18.06.2012