2 February 2021. Standardisation is a strategic tool for achieving the success of these Strategic Projects for Economic Recovery and Transformation (PERTE). This announcement was made by the Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, on the occasion of the publication of a document which highlights the key role of standardisation in the planning and execution of these transformative projects.
PERTE projects are instruments for the Spanish Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, which allow access to the European fund Next Generation EU for economic recovery. Spain is to receive €140 billion of this funding. These are large-scale projects (known as 'tractor projects') with sectoral transformation capacity and with a broad impact on productivity, employment and territory, and contribute to the dual green and digital transition.
Standards help companies meet the requirements of the PERTE projects. Among other things, they permit not limiting the benefits to the companies or the sector directly involved in the project, but to have greater relevance and carry-over effect on the economy and society. In addition, standards permit a great diffusion of the knowledge acquired and have a structural nature in the territory, with an impact on all autonomous communities.
The EU itself has underlined the essential role of standardisation in advancing the current economic recovery of Europe and in achieving a more competitive industry.
Developing new standards as part of innovative projects increases their impact by gathering and transferring the best practices, collaboration and consensus required by major transformative initiatives to have a real, far-reaching influence. Standards are key to the competitiveness of the Spanish economic sectors and already represent 1% of Spanish GDP.
Standardisation is the path traditionally used by industry for these objectives, although it is now necessary to apply it in an innovative environment, which requires considering and planning it from the earliest stages. No such project should begin without having a clear vision, planning and resources to use the standardisation pathway.
The Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE), represents the interests of Spanish companies and society in European and international standardisation organisations. Therefore, it is down to the productive sectors and public administrations to actively contribute. UNE is a successful model of public-private collaboration.
Standardisation in PERTE projects