There are a number of Europe-based sources of help and guidance and support networks for businesses expanding into Europe.
Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)
The EEN provides information and advice in more than 40 countries, including the European Economic Area (EEA) countries and European Union (EU) candidate countries. EEN is a European Commission initiative which:
- brings together trade partners
- supports innovation
- encourages good practice and exchange of ideas
- provides information on EU law and regulations, funding and technology
- provides specific advice to individual businesses to help make the most of the internal market and EU programmes
EEN's services are specifically designed for small and medium-sized enterprises. The network comprises almost 600 partner organisations which include organisations such as Chambers of Commerce.
International Chambers of Commerce
Chambers of Commerce throughout the EEA provide information on country-specific and local issues and opportunities. They also provide business advice and networking opportunities for businesses expanding into their area. You can find a Chamber of Commerce in any EEA locality through an interactive map.
Your Europe's business portal provides you with links to practical information on EEA countries, and details of government services online. It offers practical information and online government services for companies looking for business in another EU country. The information covers all aspects of business, including advice on:
- start-up and closure
- management and responsibility
- EU market opportunities
- finance opportunities
- business support resources
As part of the EU Services Directive each European country should have a website providing all the information businesses need to set up and operate in their country. EUGO is an EU initiative to network all these websites and to provide a portal which will enable you to access any European country's website.