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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.

Copyrights Infringement on Video Which is Exposing The Genocide - Urgent Help Needed

Dear friends, My one hour long video where white genocide in South Africa was exposed like like never before, was taken down due to 3.5 minute long video clip which I have inserted in it as a ultimate proof of white genocide in South Africa.

A question of "traction" , "affordances " and " cyberphysical realities ".

Dear friends , colleagues and contribtuing memebers of the European Union Broad Band Community, I am a newly accepted member to the EU LIthuanian Computer Society, LIKS ( artificial intelligence) consortium. I intend to construct a start up company and highlight the factors influencing its potential traction and success.

Survey on the CoP pilot phase (2013-2016) | your views

The Community of Practice for better self- and co-regulation (the CoP) is active since more than 2 years.

Tip: 3 quick steps to submit an SRCR initiative in the EESC database

This CoP platform provides an overview of SRCR initiatives with an EU dimension which are mapped in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) database on self- and co-regulation initiatives, set up in 2006. This database collects best practices and offers a detailed view of the actions undertaken throughout Europe.

Cheaper cross-border parcel delivery to boost e-commerce in the EU

The Commission has committed to bring forward additional measures in the first half of 2016 to improve price transparency and make the regulatory oversight of cross-border parcel delivery services more effective.

Tip: 5 quick steps to post your news or events

New on the CoP platform: share your news or events on self- and co-regulation (SRCR) taking place throughout Europe with the Community! You can do so in 5 quick steps: Step 1: Click on ‘ECAS Login’ in the very top menu. It is important to log in since the feature is available only to CoP members.

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 institu

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 OP

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

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 profe

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

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 inclu

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?

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 t

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 m

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 s

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 n

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.

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.

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.

Your suggestions for the next plenary meetings?

Share here the issues that you wish to explore further at the next plenaries ...

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

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? cop-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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?