An entrepreneur can find Slovenia as an excellent investment place. There are many forms a business may take in here and since the E-vem one-shop-stop portal is functional, the company registration process in Slovenia doesn’t take longer than a few days.
The investors may choose from the various forms of business: companies (limited or public) and partnerships (general or limited). Also the foreign companies can establish branches. An individual entrepreneur may start a business as a sole trader.
The limited liability companies and the joint stock companies require minimum share capital (7,500 Euro, respectively 25,000 Euro). The members are not liable with their personal assets. The important decisions are taken by the General Meeting of the Shareholders and at least a manager must be appointed. He has the role of taking daily decisions.
The sole trader is an investor liable for the business debts even with his own personal assets. No minimum share capital is requested for starting this type of business.
The partnerships are general or limited. The general partnerships are the type of commercial entities where all the partners are liable for the companies’ debts and profits. The management decisions are taken by all the partners. In a limited partnership, only the general partner is taking the management decisions. The silent partner is liable for the company’s debts and profits only in the limit of his contribution. No minimum share capital is requested for a starting a partnership and the members are liable with their personal assets in case the partnership cannot pay its debts.
A branch is a type of company which has its registered office in another country. A registration of a branch in Slovenia requires the following documents: a copy of the registration of the foreign company, the decision of establishment, a notarized copy of the articles of association, the name of the branch representative, a business statement of the last year of activity of the parent company, the type of business the branch will perform in Slovenia. The documents must be in Slovenian, if not a notarized certified translation is required.
A company can be registered in Slovenia by following a few steps and requires documents specific for every type of business performed.
The first step in registering a new company is opening a bank account and deposit the minimum share capital (in case of a limited liability or a joint stock company).
The next step of company registration is writing and signing the Articles of Association.The Articles of Association must state the name and address of the company, the name and address of the founders, the duration of the company, details regarding the management scheme.
The following activity is registering these documents, along with the receipt from the bank at the VEM (electronic one-stop-shop). The registration may be done in person at one of the offices or electronically if the authorized signature has a certificate.
A registration tax is required and after all the information is registered, the newly formed company will receive a registration number and will appear on the AJPES website.
After the first employee is hired, the company must register to the Health Insurance Institute no later than five days from the engagement.
Considered an excellent holiday destination, Slovenia is also offering numerous opportunities for the investors. Member of EU since 2004, Slovenia has signed many treaties in the attempt of attracting investments (for example the Double Tax Treaties are signed with more than 45 countries.)
The investors are mostly concentrated on the following sectors: services, chemicals and retail. The corporate tax in Slovenia is 28%.
The infrastructure is highly developed on the land but also on the sea (it is bordering the Adriatic Sea) facilitating the trades.