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Policy makers, civil society and businesses have to face numerous challenges notably brought by new technologies and hyper-connectivity. Self- and co-regulation (SR/CR) actions are one element of the policy toolbox to address such challenges. But how to find the right policy mix between law, non-law and no law? The Community of Practice for better self- and co-regulation (the CoP) aims to better inform that case-by-case choice by understanding what makes any given effort of SR/CR effective.
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The CoP gathers stakeholders from industry, NGOs and academia to learn from the different mixes that work in different countries and works both through plenary meetings, supported by this online platform.

Convinced or sceptical about SR/CR? Take the plunge, join the CoP (log in on ECAS first) and tell us why!

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The CoP’s objectives

The “Principles for better self- and co-regulation”, prepared following a public consultation in 2012, reflect current good practices and offer a benchmark for effective SR/CR actions. They are not a guarantee of success but they gather the evidence for success in any SR/CR endeavour. They will help ensure that SR/CR exercises achieve their intended societal, environmental and governance goals, while helping those involved to establish necessary respect and credibility.

The CoP’s objectives are to:

  • Promote experience and improve the "Principles"
  • Support capacity-building in the use of the "Principles"
  • Develop a culture of better self- and co-regulation

What’s in it for me?

Are you active in self- and co-regulation? Interested in experiencing, improving and promoting the Principles for better self- and co-regulation? Join the CoP, and share your views, publications or hands-on experiences. By registering, you will be able to share and discuss online with the other members of the Community and you will automatically receive an invitation to participate in the CoP plenary meetings in Brussels.