What is the significance of the metronome on the welcome page?

The use of the metronome as a logo of the SMO is motivated by the fact that it gives a rhythm to a piece of music. Indeed the Single Market also needs a system that gives it a structure.

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Why the Self- and Co-Regulation Database?

The Single Market is not just a catalogue of directives; it is what its users make of it on the ground. Once these rules have been established, users of the Single Market turn them into initiatives. These initiatives are developed everywhere and at all levels.
One of the Single Market Observatory's objectives is to provide support for these initiatives.
The Self- and Co- Regulation website, which serves as a guide and catalogue of alternative methods, was therefore set up.
The database:

  • leads the user, through concepts and examples, to understand alternative methods of regulation;
  • facilitates the exercise of Single Market freedoms;
  • contributes to eliminating any remaining obstacles.

These initiatives also reveal the need for socio-economic actors to put their freedoms to good use at European level by initiating and participating in innovative actions.

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What is the difference between SOLVIT and the Self- and Co- Regulation Website?

SOLVIT has been set up by DG Internal Market to resolve citizens and businesses problems resulting from possible misapplication of Internal Market rules by public administrations in other Member States. Therefore, SOLVIT is an alternative dispute mechanism. Although proposed solutions are non-binding, SOLVIT rests on legislation.
The Self- and Co- Regulation website cannot propose solutions to particular problems, but it guides the user through a series of simple processes, including existing models and the creation of new initiatives, to make the best of the Internal Market.

The EESC designed the Self- and Co-Regulation Database to create a push-pull mechanism to influence priorities of the Single Market agenda.

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What makes the Self- and Co- Regulation Website unique?

The Self- and Co- Regulation website is the only online database of best practice in the sphere of alternative methods of regulation.

Furthermore, a set of concepts, definitions and specialised terminology are used to illustrate the examples and initiatives, which helps the user to acquire a global overview of the issues involved.

The database lists initiatives without any preliminary classification along sectoral or geographical lines. The only criteria for classification are relevance and the main characteristic illustrated.

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How does the Self- and Co- Regulation Website work?

The Self- and Co- Regulation website operates through its website, which is nested on the EESC portal. It can be accessed through the Single Market Observatory welcome page.

A navigation bar guides the user to different menus: concepts, definitions, database. The site is updated on an ongoing basis and a network of initiative providers is being set up.

The website is under development and its scope will be broadened during the coming months.

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How to access useful links on the single market?

Go to the SMO useful links section and Self- and Co-Regulation website useful links section.

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