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The G7 calls for the use of standards to aid global reconstruction

30/06/2021

Under the overarching theme of "Building back better" from the pandemic, the G7 Summit was held in Cornwall, UK, from 11 to 13 June. During the three-day meeting, G7 leaders discussed a wide range of pressing issues, including COVID-19, pandemic preparedness and economic recovery; geopolitical challenges and foreign affairs; trade and development; the promotion of open societies and democratic values; and combating climate change and protecting the environment.

In a communiqué issued after the meeting, G7 leaders called for the use of common standards with best global practices and guidelines, and encouraged collaboration with ISO to help build a better future.

They also confirmed the importance of standards in line with their values, and reiterated their support for "inclusive, industry-led multi-stakeholder approaches to standard setting", committing to strengthen their coordination "including through consultation with industry, as regards their engagement, and participation in international standard-setting organisations".

The leaders expressed their commitment to better sharing of information and best practices, "including among our national standards bodies to promote greater training and support for multi-stakeholder participation in standard setting".

Making reference to UNE standards that adopt ISO standards in regulation is consistent with the obligations of the WTO's Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, whose objective is to ensure that technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment procedures are not discriminatory and do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade.

Standards at the EU-US Summit UU.

Together, the EU and the US are a bastion of democracy, peace and security in the world.

The EU-US summit on 15 June 2021 marked the beginning of a renewed transatlantic partnership and set a joint agenda for EU-US cooperation in the post-pandemic era. Leaders committed themselves to a regular dialogue to monitor progress.

Leaders also adopted a joint declaration at the end of the summit. Chapter III, on Strengthening trade, investment and technology cooperation, is a noteworthy part of this declaration.

Particularly notable among the main concrete outcomes of the summit reflected in this joint statement is the creation of the Technology and Trade Council between the United States and the European Union (TTC). Its functions include increasing bilateral trade and investment, avoiding unnecessary new barriers to trade, and cooperating in the development of new technologies through international standards and compatible regulations, promoting innovation and leadership of European and American industries.

The TTC will initially include working groups with agendas focused on cooperation in standards regarding technology (including Artificial Intelligence, AI, the Internet Of Things, IoT, and other emerging technologies), green technologies and climate, ICT security and competitiveness, and efficient semiconductors, among others.