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Business registers

More and more businesses expand beyond national borders using the opportunities offered by the Link opens in new windowEU Single Market. Cross-border groups as well as a high number of restructuring operations such as mergers and divisions involve companies from different Member States of the EU.

Business registers

Furthermore, over the past decade the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice has opened up the possibility for businesses to incorporate in one Member State and conduct their business activity either partly or entirely in another Member State.

The term "business register" comprises the national commercial registers, companies' registers, and any other register storing company information and making it available to the public within the meaning of Link opens in new windowDirective 2009/101/EC.

Please consult relevant subpages to find more information on business registers at European level and national business registers.

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Last update: 01/07/2015