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EWIV - Freedom for small and medium-sized companies. Don't think small - THINK big! -

Of course, I would be happy to provide you with further information about the European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) and the possible advantages of using it as an aid company for companies.

The EEIG is a legal form created by the European Union to cross borders

to facilitate and promote cooperation between companies. It offers companies the opportunity to pool their resources, create synergies and pursue common goals, especially if these goals can be better achieved due to the transnational nature of the activities.

The basic features of the EEIG, as you mentioned, are:

  1. Cross-border reference: In order for an EEIG to be founded, its members must come from at least two different EU member states. This underlines the international character of the legal form and its focus on cross-border cooperation.

  2. Purpose and objectives: The EEIG is aimed at facilitating and developing the economic activities of its members. Its main goal is not to make a profit, but rather to support members in improving their individual economic results.

  3. Auxiliary activities: The EWIV may mainly carry out “auxiliary activities” for its members. This means that it acts as a support structure that assists members in certain activities and processes.

  4. Limit on the number of employees: The EEIG may employ a maximum of 500 employees. This restriction is intended to ensure that the legal form is particularly suitable for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  5. No group management or share ownership: The EWIV may not be used for group management or control of member companies. It is also not allowed to hold shares in the member companies.

Using the EWIV as an auxiliary company can be advantageous for companies if they

Want to achieve specific goals that are more achievable through collaboration with other companies from different EU member states. The sharing of resources, know-how and activities can reduce costs, enable access to new markets and strengthen the competitiveness of the companies involved.

However, it is important to emphasize that the creation and management of an EEIG can involve legal and organizational challenges. Companies considering the EEIG legal form should seek professional advice from legal, tax and economic experts to ensure that the structure is set up properly and the desired objectives can be achieved. The specific benefits depend heavily on the individual goals and needs of the companies involved.

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