Main information

Due to the freedom of establishment entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to choose their place of business and operate in any EU Member State.

Establishment involves both starting a business in another Member State (e.g. setting up a business or branch) and self-employment in the territory of another Member State, under the same conditions as nationals of the host Member State. Freedom of establishment applies to natural persons who are nationals of a Member State of the European Union and to legal persons established for the purpose of doing business under the law of a Member State and having their registered office within the EU territory.

The basic feature of the establishment, which distinguishes it from the cross-border provision of services, is its permanent and continuous character, i.e. the integration of the entrepreneur into the economic life of the country of establishment.

Every Sunday, a Czech entrepreneur with their stand intends to take part in the sales markets in Germany at the same place.

Every Saturday, a Czech hairdresser will have a space reserved in an establishment in Poland, where a local hairdresser does business otherwise.

A German hotelier plans to open a hotel branch in the Czech Republic.

Specific information on starting a business or obtaining a license to do business in the Czech Republic is provided in the relevant sections.

For more information on starting a business, you can contact the Single Point of Contact.

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Additional information

Reference to legal acts

The Treaty on the functioning of the European Union

Directive 2006/123/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on services in the internal market

Act No. 222/2009 Coll., on the Free Movement of Services

Compliance date: Last checked at 11.12.2020

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