More than 100 European experts from standardization organizations from 34 countries attended the Bilbao meeting, as well as representatives of the European Commission, EU federations and sectoral associations, and consumer and SME platforms.
Spanish and Basque companies and institutions are actively involved in the development of technical standards. Over 12,000 experts from 6,000 organizations form part of the 219 UNE Technical Standardization Committees on key issues for competitiveness. Standards help companies to successfully overcome the challenges facing them.
Spain is a world leader in accessibility standards, tourism, industry 4,0, sustainability in construction, smart electricity networks, compliance, smart cities and innovation. For example, it is pioneering the first international ISO standard on Accessible Tourism for all, to be published in the first half of 2020. Spanish experts head 127 international and European technical standardization bodies. For example, Spain has led the ISO translation group responsible for the Spanish version of the ISO 45001 Standard on Occupational Health and Safety.
In addition, 850 experts from 400 Basque organizations form part of 425 CTN and other UNE working groups. Thus, associations and other entities in the Basque industrial fabric lead the work of drawing up standards, some with an international scope in cutting-edge topics such as Industry 4,0 and the smart electricity grid management and more traditional standards such as high voltage switchgear, high voltage fuses and electromagnetic compatibility levels.
Competitive European Industry
The Bilbao event highlighted the essential role of European standards in helping Europe to successfully face current and future technological and social challenges. Standards support Europe's priorities through improving business competitiveness and building trust, and play an important role in helping to achieve its political objectives.
Among other advantages, standards contribute significantly to the promotion of a competitive European industry and a harmonized single market.