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Opening a Representative Office

Representative Office in the Republic of Croatia may be established by a foreign person performing an economic activity and by national or international economic organizations. A representative office can be set up for market research and for the representation of the founder. A representative office is not a legal entity and is considered to be part of the founder. It may not engage in activities of the founder or contract jobs for the founder, but performs tasks on behalf of the founder. Exceptionally, representative offices of foreign airlines may sell air tickets in accordance with the international agreements signed by the Republic of Croatia and international conventions. A representative office performs its activities under the founder’s company with an indication that it is a representative office.

A representative office is registered in the Foreign Party Representative Registry in the Republic of Croatia kept by the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts. A representative office may start its activities only after registration.

After the Croatian accession to the EU, economic entities that come from other EU Member States, and since 2014 also from other European Economic Area states, no longer have the possibility to open representative offices in the Republic of Croatia, but only to register a branch office or to open a domestic company.

From January 1, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Craft is in charge of investments processes in Croatia – invest@mingo.hr.