Study on the compliance by member states on the time needed to get licences and permits to take up and perform the specific activity of an enterprise as from beginning of 2014

The study checked compliance with the commitment of each country participating in the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), i.e. the 28 Member States, Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Turkey, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, and Serbia. The results of the study informed the Commission’s report to the meeting of the EU’s Competitiveness Council in May 2014. Licensing refers to the complete “package” of compulsory permits, certificates, attestations, declarations on standards, authorizations, permits and other documents related to a license, the fulfilment of procedures and the completion of acts.

Focus of the study:

  • Trends in national policy
  • Licences required to perform enterprise activities for the five benchmark model companies
  • Licences required to operate across borders
  • Burden, complexity and cost of obtaining licences
  • Length of time taken to obtain licences and permits.
European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry
Project leader:
Zoltán Ádám