Establishment of a cooperative - registration in the register of cooperatives

Service Description

The cooperative is a company without a closed number of members with the purpose of promoting the acquisition or the economy of its members or their social or cultural interests by means of joint business operations. In accordance with this purpose, the aim of the cooperative is the self-help of its members through mutual promotion. Members can be natural persons, legal entities, general partnerships and limited partnerships.

According to § 4 GenG, at least three members are required to found a cooperative. These decide on articles of association in accordance with § 5 GenG. An "unregistered cooperative" comes into being when the articles of association are signed. In order to obtain legal capacity, the cooperative must be applied for entry in the register of cooperatives (§ 11 GenG).

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

Competent Authority

Amtsgericht Jena - Registergericht

Postal address
Post office box 10 08 29
07708 Jena

Rathenaustraße 13
07745 Jena
03641 307-888
03641 307-880


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Checklist for checking the most important questions and steps in the process of establishing a registered cooperative society