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Updated: 2016-08-04 17:09


The aim of the SOLVIT network is to find rapid and pragmatic solutions for problems that citizens and businesses may encounter when EU law is not applied correctly by national authorities.

The European internal market allows any European company to trade its services, sell its products and setup new businesses in any EU country without discrimination. However, some obstacles still hinder businesses operations in Europe. EU rules and procedures are complex. Local authorities lack of awareness about internal market principles creates additional uncertainty. Dealing with foreign administrations in another language and with a different administrative culture is also a source of misunderstanding.

In order to address these problems and to facilitate operations for European companies, the EU developed the SOLVIT network, consisting of 31 centres located in each EU country and in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. In this network, SOLVIT centres work together to solve problems arising from the incorrect application of internal market rules by national administrations. SOLVIT services are provided free of charge.

You should turn to SOLVIT if your business is faced with a cross-border problem caused by incorrect application of EU law by a national public authority in the following areas:

  • Markets access for products and services
  • Establishment as self-employed or company
  • Custom duties and border controls
  • Free movement of capital and payments
  • Recognition of professional qualifications
  • Employment rights
  • Social security
  • Taxation
  • Public procurement

More about SOLVIT: http://ec.europa.eu/solvit/index_en.htm

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