3 October 2019. The Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao was the venue for the European Summit for Standardization from 1 to 3 October, a high-level event of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), hosted by the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, as the Spanish standards body.
Companies and institutions in the Basque Country are actively involved in the development of technical standards. Over 850 experts from 400 Basque organizations form part of the 425 UNE Technical Standardization Committees and other UNE working groups, dealing with key issues for competitiveness. Standards help companies to successfully overcome the challenges facing them.
Experts from Basque organizations lead in standardization in Spain and internationally. Thus, associations and other entities in the Basque industrial fabric lead the work of drawing up standards, some with an international scope, within the UNE Technical Standardization Committees. The standards they promote range from cutting-edge topics, such as Industry 4,0 and smart electricity grid management, to more traditional areas in industry, such as machines, tools, casting, fasteners, casting and plumbing pipes, waste management, high voltage switchgear, high voltage fuses and electromagnetic compatibility levels.
Basque experts played a prominent role in the Spanish Standard of Ecodesign, which was the basis for developing the ISO 14006 international standard.
Standards reflect the market consensus on best practices in key aspects for the competitiveness of organizations, and are the result of joint collaboration of economic sectors and Public Administrations.