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Support for Standardisation of the Digital Economy

02/09/2019

As the European Commission itself recognises, standards will be the cornerstone of an effective digital single market, estimating that this would contribute 415,000 million to EU GDP and generate hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

Standards guarantee interoperability and trust in the digital transformation process. Standards reflect the market consensus on best practices in key aspects for the competitiveness of organisations, providing an effective response to the major challenges facing companies and public administrations.

Overall, there are more than 2,600 UNE standards in the Spanish catalogue that will boost the digital single market, contributing to generating confidence in organisations in the ICT sector. New ones will be added to these in the fields where a need to develop standards is identified. Illustrative examples are the recent Specifications UNE 0060 and UNE 0061. Promoted by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, and drawn up with a broad consensus, they establish the requirements for considering a Digital Industry.

In the report, UNE identifies 13 areas in which standards are a fundamental pillar for the success of the digital single market and where there is greater standardisation activity, explaining the existing committees, the published standards and the projects being drawn up. The topics range from Digital Enabling Technologies (DET) to Industry 4.0, through cybersecurity and protection of Citizens, smart cities, car connectivity and sustainable mobility, digital health, public sector, consumer electronics, collaborative economy or innovation, among others.

UNE is building a standardisation strategy in ICT that allows Spanish organisations to influence and lead the international standards being developed in this area. The Spanish standardisation body carries the voice of experts from Spanish companies to European and global forums where key standards for their competitiveness are drawn up. For example, UNE has set up the Technical Standardisation Committee (TSC) on Cybersecurity and data protection, which will be the direct channel of Spanish influence in the drafting of European and international standards.