Starting business activity in Croatia
Starting up a company in Croatia requires registration with the Commercial Court, Central Bureau of Statistics, Tax Administration, Croatian Pension Insurance Institute and Croatian Institute for Health Insurance.
Prior to registration, it is necessary to check with the Commercial Court if the desired company name already exists in the court register. To use the word Croatia or any of its derived forms in the company name, founders must obtain special approval from the Central State Administrative Office for Public Administration..
A company must have an official address in Croatia in order to be registered.
A legal representative may temporarily use his/her own office address as the address of a company that is in the process of registration.
Certification of documents
All legal documents must be certified by a notary public and apostilled in some cases. Under Croatian regulations, a notary public is a private person incorporating some aspects and authorities of a public official that certifies and authenticates certain legal documents.
If a relevant document is in a foreign language, an authorized translator must translate it into Croatian. The cost of translation depends on the number of translated pages.