Business registration: European Cooperative Society (SCE) Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If the Federal Republic of Germany has been chosen as the registered office of a European Cooperative Society, it must be registered as a business with the competent authority.

A European Cooperative Society (SCE) may be established in the following ways:

  • Establishment by at least five legal or natural persons whose (residential) registered offices are located in at least two different member states of the European Economic Area (EEA),
  • conversion of an existing cooperative which has already had a branch in another EEA Member State for at least two years, or
  • Merger of several cooperatives from different member countries of the EEA.

If the Federal Republic of Germany has been chosen as the registered office for an SCE, it must be registered as a business by the managing director authorised to represent it with the competent authority.

For the cooperative register entry at the district court:

  • Notarized application, which must contain the name, registered office and business object of the cooperative.

For business registration:

  • Identity card or passport of the applicant,
    for non-EU citizens: residence permit,

  • Excerpt from the commercial register.
  • In the case of craft activities: proof of registration in the register of craftsmen,
  • in the case of trade requiring a permit: permit.


If the SCE has its registered office abroad but operates branches in Germany, these branches are subject to a business registration obligation.
Further information can also be found on the pages of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and Chamber of Crafts (HWK) Schleswig-Holstein.

  • IHK Business Registration
  • Industrial Code (GewO),
  • Landesverordnung über Verwaltungsgebühren (Allgemeiner Gebührentarif) Tarifstelle 11 - VwGebV.

Related Links

  • GewO
  • VwGebV

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