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Commissioner Breton highlights the fundamental role of standards in the new EU strategy

18/09/2020

On 16 September, one of the key events in European standardisation was held, organised in relation to Germany's rotating presidency of the EU: the workshop  organised under the auspices of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU,, attended by 850 participants from across Europe.

The session was characterised by a message highlighting how well the European regulatory model works based on standards, as well as the fundamental role of standards for meeting the challenges of the EU recovery plan (green transition and digital transformation).

During his speech, European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton highlighted the fundamental role of standardisation in achieving the three milestones of the EU Recovery Plan: green, digital and resilient. Standards reduce costs, promote innovation, guarantee interoperability between different devices and services, and help companies access markets.

The European Commissioner noted the importance of standards, which are essential for implementing the policies that the Commission has designed in relation to the Green Deal and digitalisation for the years to come. Furthermore, standardisation has proven to be a successful tool for supporting the deployment of European public policies over the past 30 years.

Now more than ever, Europe must remain united in the face of international markets. It must be a leader, a pioneer, and not be afraid to follow the lines that others design in areas such as the circular economy or clean technologies.

Standardisation, a paradigm of public-private partnerships, is the nexus between industry, regulators and consumers. Standardisation must be the radar that detects new initiatives and the instrument that materialises and shapes them.

Standards are not an end in themselves; they serve to enable organisations to achieve their strategic objectives, such as the Green Deal, connectivity and sustainability. And today, more than ever, standards must be the tool that European regulators and industry use to expand their influence in global markets, to be competitive and to achieve technological leadership.