26 October 2018. The Ministry of Defence and the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, have signed a collaboration agreement, with the goal of exchanging knowledge regarding existing technical standards in the civil and defence fields, and working together in the promotion, application and dissemination of Standardisation.
Technical standards support Public Administrations in the effective deployment of public policies. In fact, an increasing proportion of national and European regulations are based on standards to help them achieve their objectives; currently, 12% of Spanish standards (consisting of over 32,000 standards) are reflected in the national legislation.
Through this agreement, the two organisations will work together to identify the areas of collaboration necessary to promote standardisation in the civil and defence fields.
Both the Ministry of Defence and the Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, agree on the importance of Standardisation for companies, public administrations, users and consumers.
Standards help organisations to successfully overcome the challenges they face, since they are the joint result of the economic sectors and administrations. For instance, the European Commission's document "European Standards for the 21st Century" attributes standards a key role, not just as technical solutions, but also as part of the strategic approach to the major challenges we face today.
The agreement has been signed by Santiago Ramón González, Managing Director of Weaponry and Equipment for the Ministry of Defence, and Javier García, Managing Director of the Spanish Association of Standardisation, UNE.