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Standards build trust

09/04/2019

To mark the future European elections at the end of May, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) have drawn up a Declaration to highlight the role of European standards in the consolidation of the European Union.

The Declaration has identified five strategic priorities on which standards can provide effective support to the EU’s policymaking in the coming years:

1. A harmonised Single Market: By reducing bureaucracy, standards create value for industry while offering a cost-efficient and easier way to show product compliance with EU law.

2. A competitive European industry ready to lead in international trade: European standards support Europe’s technological change while promoting European interests in international standardisation, thanks to their strong collaboration with and within ISO and IEC, the international standardisation organizations.

3. Trust in new technology: standards provide European best practices to lead the digital transformation of society with citizens’ interests in mind.

4. Enhanced innovation for Europe: through the recently approved Strategic Innovation Plan, CEN and CENELEC enable research and scientific results to reach the market.

5. The Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda: standards help by implementing the sustainable use of resources and energy while protecting consumers, workers and the environment.

The CEN and CENELEC Declaration highlights the contribution of European standards in achieving the objectives of those responsible for EU policy-making: from AI to sustainable energy, up to smart appliances and blockchain, Europe will need in the coming years to make many important decisions to remain competitive in the world. And standards help to achieve this objective.

The principal representatives of the European bodies have made a video with the statement on the future of Europe. 

Declaration