SPOCS (Simple Procedures Online for Cross-border Services) is a large-scale pilot project launched by the European Commission in May 2009 that aims to help businesses seeking to expand into other countries overcome the struggle to comply with all the regulations they need to follow. Applying for licenses, permits and completing other administrative procedures in another country can be very complicated.
SPOCS will provide seamless electronic procedures by building cross- border solutions based on your country’s existing systems.
For example: An Italian real estate agent wants to expand his business to Bremen, Germany. The information provided by the Bremen Points of Single Contact does not currently specify the Italian documents required. SPOCS will allow him to do all the administrative procedures online and cross-border via the Point of Single Contact. These are acting as intermediaries between service providers and the national public administrations. The goal of these "one-stop shops" is essentially to fulfil the two following functions: information dissemination and case management/processing. SPOCS aims to build the next generation of online portals Point of Single Contact, that every European country now has in place, through the availability of high impact cross-border electronic procedures.