The Single Market Observatory (SMO) was set up in 1994, with the objective of providing the EESC with a flexible, horizontal structure enabling it to:
- analyse how the Single Market operates,
- identify problems and obstacles, and
- propose solutions.
On issues of particular importance, the SMO holds public hearings to consult the broadest possible range of civil society organisations.
The SMO has also developed, in close cooperation with the Commission, a unique database dedicated to European self- and co-regulation. The database facilitates the exchange of information and the identification of best practices.