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Commenced working in 2002, operated by EU Member States and coordinated by the Commission. Solvit is an alternative dispute resolution mechanism for those willing to use the Internal Market (for instance move to another Member State and establish a business there), if they encountered a problem with issues such as recognition of professional qualifications, residence permits, social security, employment rights, market access for products or services, etc. With a Solvit Centre in every Member State as well as in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, Solvit is a mechanism for resolving disputes concerning misapplication of Internal Market rules by public authorities. It is based on cooperation between the national Solvit Centres. The network aims at resolving disputes without the use of formal legal proceedings. Its use is voluntary and does not exclude the possibility of referring the case to court later.