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Spain gains weight in European standardisation as a result of Brexit


On 24 June, the General Assemblies of the European standardisation organisations CEN and CENELEC were held, at which new statutes and internal rules were approved for both organisations to implement the necessary changes resulting from Brexit.

Both organisations have opted for operating frameworks in which the United Kingdom is allowed to participate in European standardisation, complying with rights and clear obligations that seek to ensure regulatory harmonisation between the United Kingdom and the European Union under standards aligned with those developed by European standardisation organisations CEN and CENELEC, to avoid technical barriers to trade between the two markets.

This review of the Statutes also grants the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, the position that the UK standardisation body had so far held as a permanent member of the CEN and CENELEC Boards of Directors. In this way, Spain strengthens its position in both organisations by increasing its capacity to influence the policy-making and strategic aspects of CEN and CENELEC. UNE is the Spanish member of the European standardisation organisations.

During the Assemblies, which were participated by almost 200 representatives from CEN and CENELEC members and organisations related to European standardisation, progress was reported on with reference to harmonised standards in the Official Journal of the European Union, thus strengthening the regulatory model based on technical standards.

Thus, the EU and EFTA (European Free Trade Association) recognise and use the strategic value of the European standardisation system, seeking solutions that promote the use of standards, both as support for the deployment of public policies and in response to market and society needs in general.