Single Market Observatory

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The Single Market Observatory (SMO) was set up in 1994 with a view to providing the EESC with a flexible, horizontal structure enabling it to: 

  • Analyse how the Single Market operates,
  • Identify shortcomings and obstacles, and
  • Propose solutions.

The SMO priorities are: 

  • The new economic models (e.g. the circular economy or the sharing / collaborative economy) and their impact on the Single Market;
  • Brexit and the Single Market (i.e. how the UK's withdrawal from the EU will affect the Single Market).

The SMO has developed, in close cooperation with the European Commission, a database dedicated to European self­- and co-regulation in order to facilitate the exchange of information and the identification of best practices. 


Final report on NEM

Technical annex

Summary of national missions

Presentation of the SMO