Navigation path

Additional tools

The European Company – Your business opportunity?

Businesswoman walking with a firm step on a map of Europe

What you need to know about the European Company Statute

The European Company (also known by its Latin name Societas Europaea or SE) is a type of public limited-liability company regulated under EU law.

The European Company Statute offers:

  • a simpler way to run your business if you are active in more than one EU country. For example, you can reorganise your activities under a single European label
  • greater mobility in the integrated EU market: for example you can transfer your registered office to another EU country without having to dissolve the company
  • a framework for how to involve staff – employed in more than one country – in the running of your business.

Since its introduction in 2004, the European Company statute has been adopted by more than 1800 businesses that run their activities in more than one EU country. If you are looking to capitalise on business opportunities in Europe, it could also be the best solution for you!

Disclaimer [more]

This website is intended to provide information on a specific topic of European law, but is not binding on the European Commission as an Institution. For more details of the European Commission website policy, see the legal notice.

The information provided on this website is of general nature and is based, to the extent possible, on EU legislation in force or other reliable sources of information. However, it does not provide exhaustive information on how to set up and run a European Company. For more information on how to do so, we advise you to contact the competent authorities or a legal advisor in your country.