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Learnings from the CoP in relation to the Principles for better SRCR

Building on the debates we have been having in the Community since its inception, we have gathered together remarks and concerns raised, in relation to the Principles for better SRCR .

About “Participants” (Learnings from the CoP)

Since the inception of the Community, the issues raised by CoP participants in relation to the “Participants” Principle (see the full text in the box below) are: P1: Difficulty with new players and with different types of participants not used to work together P2: Participation of consumer/users groups & governments/European institutions is essential P3: The role of employees is important and should be acknowledged P4: How to find the balance between legitimacy VS effectiveness i

About “Openness” (Learnings from the CoP)

Since the inception of the Community, the issues raised by CoP participants in relation to the “Openness” Principle (see the full text in the box below) are: OP1: Commissioning specific researches may help to engage with relevant stakeholders including civil society OP2: Special attention must be given to language and vocabulary used OP3: Avoiding exclusion, without prior consultation, of certain possible solutions. Do you support them or have comments?

About “Good faith” (Learnings from the CoP)

Since the inception of the Community, the issues raised by CoP participants in relation to the “Good faith” Principle (see the full text in the box below) are: GF1: The “attitude” issue is key GF2: Real commitment from industry (and not only desire to escape legislation) is essential to succeed GF3: Capacity of participants to commit on behalf of those making up whatever bodies or groups they represent GF4: Avoiding vested interests which oppose or try to weaken the progr

About “Objectives” (Learnings from the CoP)

Since the inception of the Community, the issues raised by CoP participants in relation to the “Objectives” Principle (see the full text in the box below) are: OB1: An additional step is needed where participants agree precisely where the problems are OB2: It is key to define what success would look like, what degree of urgency is professionally useful or what degree of ambition is realistic OB3: Scope must be broad enough but without being too ambitious OB4: What are the consequence

About “Legal compliance” (Learnings from the CoP)

Since the inception of the Community, the issues raised by CoP participants in relation to the “Legal compliance” Principle (see the full text in the box below) are: LC1: Competition issues may be at stake with the risk of big actors acquiring a dominant position granted by the SRCR process LC2: More clarity is needed on the place of SR/CR within the legal framework, as well as its applicability, relation to law, recognition, legal effect, etc.

About “Iterative improvements” (Learnings from the CoP)

Since the inception of the Community, the issues raised by CoP participants in relation to the “Iterative improvements” Principle (see the full text in the box below) are: II1: “80 is the new 100": striving to 100% is a failure factor II2: Importance to learn from failures and not only from good practices II3: Trying to include all issues in the first phase renders the process more difficult; staging is important II4: Take into account the time needed to reach the objectiv

About “Monitoring” (Learnings from the CoP)

Since the inception of the Community, the issues raised by CoP participants in relation to the “Monitoring” Principle (see the full text in the box below) are: M1: Public authorities have to take a genuinely proactive and assertive role M2: Efficient monitoring instruments are needed. How to design effective and trustworthy monitoring? How to ensure independent auditing?

About “Evaluation” (Learnings from the CoP)

Since the inception of the Community, the issues raised by CoP participants in relation to the “Evaluation” Principle (see the full text in the box below) are: E1: Public authorities have to take a proactive and assertive role in the evaluation E2: Need tools that do not just measure what was done, but that help to plan what will need to be done in the future E3: The benchmark checklists need to be validated to enhance trust E4: Compliance needs to be affordable for all actors involv

About “Resolving disagreements” (Learnings from the CoP)

Since the inception of the Community, the issues raised by CoP participants in relation to the “Resolving disagreements” Principle (see the full text in the box below) are: RD1: Credibility relies on sanctions in case of breach in the agreement and on the proper pace in which those sanctions are applied RD2: Non-compliance must always mean graduated scale of enforceable sanctions (dissuasive negative consequences for non-compliance) RD3: The practicability of the “complaining s

About “Financing” (Learnings from the CoP)

Since the inception of the Community, the issues raised by CoP participants in relation to the “Financing” Principle (see the full text in the box below) are: F1: Questions raised regarding “independence” when finance comes from signatories: financing from industry VS impartiality and credibility F2: Funding is crucial for success: each step flowing from the principles requires adequate resources (design phase, conception, implementation, evaluation, sanctions etc.) Do yo

About “Other issues” that go beyond the Principles for better SRCR (Learnings from the CoP)

Since the inception of the Community, other issues raised by CoP participants that go beyond the current Principles are: O1: Difficult in some countries due to lack of capacity and/or capacity building O2: The Principles are essential but non-sufficient on their own and their pragmatic application must be enhanced O3: The machinery of public life needs to be up with data, knowledge and learnings and we must harvest the opportunities of new technologies in particular to overcome issues of scale a

Could a standard clause help to better frame SRCR?

In the last CoP plenary meeting, the need to ensure a proper mix between hard and soft regulation was again mentioned. Instead of being exclusive alternatives, it is clear that policy goals can best be reached if we find the proper balance between what needs to be set in hard law and what is best addressed through complementary non-regulatory means.

New Principles for Responsible Innovation

Hello everyone, I am Hilary Sutcliffe from a UK based Not for Profit called MATTER which focuses on Responsible Innovation. We would be very interested in your views on the attached Principles for Responsible Innovation. Please feel free to comment about any aspect. But we are particularly interested in three main areas: * Purpose - is it realistic to think that such a voluntary initiative will have a useful role as we have envisaged it? If yes or no, it would be helpful to know why.

SRCR is fully acknowledged as one of the policy tools in the Better Regulation Agenda. How can we make the most out of it?

The European Commission recently adopted the Better Regulation (BR) Agenda. Covering the whole policy cycle, it acknowledges the need to combine optimally regulatory and well-designed non-regulatory means. SRCR are considered as an option both at the impact assessment level and implementation phase of the policy cycle, and the Principles for better self- and co-regulation are endorsed as benchmarks for the good practice of SRCR.

Tip of the month: 5 quick steps to edit and update your CoP profile

Provide maximum visibility for your activities on the CoP Platform by filling in your profile. Step 1: Click on ‘ECAS Login’ in the very top menu. You are directed to ECAS, the European Commission Authentication Service. Step 2: Enter your login and password and click on ‘Login!’ You are automatically redirected back to the CoP platform. Step 3: Once logged in, click on your name in the very top menu to open your own profile.

Your suggestions for the next plenary meetings?

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Follow-up arising from the 4th Plenary Meeting Session on B2B Self-Regulation

We had a fantastic session at the 4th Plenary of the Community of Practice on Better Co- and Self- Regulation. Our firestarters presented two case studies from sectors where a large portion of business is B2B.

Mapping Self- and Co-regulation Approaches in the EU Context

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This report presents a first mapping or inventory of the different approaches to self- and co-regulation (SCR) that can be found within the EU context, in a number of Member States (MS) and international organizations. The report consists of four sections. Whereas the first section provides an introduction to the study, Section 2 provides a detailed overview of the EU approaches to self- and co-regulation.

Your thoughts on the 4th CoP meeting?

The 4th meeting of the Community of Practice for better self- and co-regulation (CoP) took place today. How did it go, what are your thoughts? /digital-agenda/en/file/cop-visual-js-28861jpgcop-visual-js-2_8861.jpg

Successful Partnerships

Quite interesting article on essential principles of success in cooperative voluntarism. We should surely build on these in our various multi-stakeholders partnerships.

Share your comments and ideas on a future “decision support tool” for starting any SR/CR initiative

One of the key conclusions of the 2nd CoP plenary meeting is that the issue of having the process right from the very beginning is a crucial factor for success. The principles are essential but non-sufficient on their own and their pragmatic application must be enhanced. To do so some key questions, often neglected, are meant to be answered en amont, within a “think twice antechamber” step before starting the process.

Let's innovate the "business of regulation"!

Modern data analytics and decision-making techniques can benefit the regulatory process just as they have benefitted almost every business sector and industry. Today, most companies operate on an iterative cycle, trying to constantly improve the way they perform and better achieve real world outcomes. They gather data, model it, base decisions on data analysis and translate those insights into action.

Potential areas for future SR/CR actions in e-commerce & retail sectors?

Following the outcome of the CoP Inaugural Meeting and its online interactive follow-up, we have reviewed potential areas for SR/CR actions within the e-commerce and retail sectors. The attached Memo aims at offering the CoP members some food for thought and avenues for further exchanges. It lists B2C areas for potential action which stood out during informal conversations with various EC Directorate Generals and the CoP Steering Committee.

Follow-up panel 1 of the Inaugural Meeting: Mapping knowledge base

You are invited to start crowding sources in, and enrich our network of knowledge base. The fields you can mention in your comment may include the name, the author, the publication date, some keywords, a link if any and the type - Data, Analytic, Research, Know-how or Link. To see the first sources already gathered at the meeting, please click on the attached document.

Follow-up panel 2 of the Inaugural meeting: Results on the vote on issues and sectors for attention

Members of the CoP platform were invited to select cross-cutting issues and sectors in order to identify the next priority work packages for the Community. The votes are now closed - thank you very much for your input! The work of the Community will now be pursued on this basis.

Follow-up panel 3 of the Inaugural meeting: Success factors

You are invited to confirm or add elements, and provide views and comments on the set of identified success factors of self- and co-regulation activities, listed in the attached document.

Scope of discussion/CoP

To get the discussion going - and provide some scope - could EU definitions of "Self- and Co-regulation", as well as "social dialogue" and "standardisation" be posted of the CoP forum/ website? Thanks, Andrew

OMC +

Open method of coordination (OMC) is primarily about encouraging cooperation, exchange of best practices, agreeing common targets and guidelines among Member States. Commission plays a coordination role. To what extent should the third parties operating in the field (i.e. NGOs, social partners, association, businesses) be involved in shaping these best practices, common targets and guidelines used between public administrations?

Is security certification enough for cloud computing?

Regarding cloud, everybody is talking a lot about develop new certification schemes suitable for cloud services, but would they be enough? I mean, certifications will be nice to assure that a service implements minimum requirements (as stated by the certified standard), but in the same way that when choosing a hotel we want to know that they are suitable for that business and also we want to know how many stars they hold. This is because over minimum requirements, we need further information.

CoP Forum

Welcome to the CoP Forum! This forum is the place to start or join conversations on specific SR/CR initiatives, documents or around a topic of your choice with other members of the Community. To participate in the discussions, don’t forget to join the CoP first.