June 2011 - More Standards for Europe and faster

 legislative and non-legislative measures intended to accelerate expand, and modernize European standardization activities.

European Commission Proposed June 1 Measures to Modernize European Standardization.   The European Commission proposed  a series of legislative and non-legislative measures intended to accelerate expand, and modernize European standardization activities.  The text below links to the European web site and two  documents (One (Two) expanding the proposal. 

More Standards for Europe and faster: this is the main objective of a series of measures that the European Commission proposed on 1 June 2011. Standards are sets of voluntary technical and quality criteria for products, services and production processes. Nobody is obliged to use or apply them but they help businesses in working together which ultimately saves money for the consumer.

The most important steps proposed by the Commission to strengthen the system of standard-setting in Europe are:

bulletThe enhancement of its cooperation with the leading standardisation organisations in Europe (i.e. CEN, CENELEC and ETSI);
bulletThe drafting of European standards with the help of organisations representing those most affected, or most concerned – consumers, small businesses (SMEs), environmental and social organisations;
bulletThe recognition of Global ICT standards that will play a more prominent role in the EU;
bulletThe increase of the number of European standards for services if there is a demand from business.

Some of these actions will be implemented immediately while others need the approval of the European Parliament and the Council

More and faster standards to advance Europe ’s competitivenessThe standardisation strategy presented today by Vice-President Antonio Tajani plays an important part in supporting the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Measures include actions to be taken by the Commission and a series of recommendations addressed to other actors in the European standardisation system. Funding to support standardisation activities will remain a major driver for the development of standards whose primary function is to support EU policy making. The following actions form the core of the standardisation communication.

Commission for better standards to boost European competitiveness and promote consumers' interest

Brussels, 1 June 2011. Standards are a decisive tool in international competition. Consumers should not be obliged to change several chargers for their electronic devices. And a mass diffusion of electric cars will not happen without common standards for their recharge. Mobile phone or software companies are publicly showcasing their battle for the leadership of their respective standards. No doubt, a good standard can ease consumers' life, promote sustainability, enhance European competitiveness and technological leadership in global markets. The European Commission proposes today a series of legislative and non-legislative measures to develop more and faster standards. Standards are sets of voluntary technical and quality criteria for products, services and production processes. Nobody is obliged to use or apply them but they help businesses work together and to save money for consumers. But in the past, it took several years to develop a European standard so that some standards have lagged too far behind rapidly evolving technologies. Consequently, certain sectors have been reluctant to engage in standardisation or are unable to benefit from the positive effects of standards. This should be changed with the package presented today. The European Council of 4 February, in its conclusions on the "Innovation Union", invited the Commission "to make proposals to accelerate, simplify and modernize standardization procedures, notably to allow standards developed by industry to be turned into European standards".

European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship said: "To be successful, Europe needs to react to the challenge of rapid innovation, sustainability, convergence of technologies, and fierce global competition. A dynamic European standardisation system is essential to spur quality and innovation and to strengthen Europe’s role as a global economic player. Moreover, standards allow us all to have the best quality and sustainable products for a lower price. Standardisation is also a key issue for the well functioning of our internal market."

 


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