An EU Strategy on Standardisation

Today, standards have become a matter of global importance. As other regions are reinforcing their global footprint by being more strategic and assertive, also the European standardisation system needs to evolve to respond to these challenges.

The Commission's plans for a new Standardisation Strategy and legislative adjustment to the standardisation Regulation were announced in the Commission's ‘Updating the 2020 New Industrial Strategy: Building a stronger Single Market for Europe's recovery' and the new Standardisation Strategy was presented on 2nd of February 2022.

The Strategy is accompanied by a Proposal for an amendment to the Regulation on standardisation, a Report on its implementation, and the 2022 Annual Union Work Programme For European Standardisation. This new Strategy aims to strengthen the EU's global competitiveness, to enable a resilient, green and digital economy and enshrine democratic values in technology applications.

The fast pace of innovation, our green and digital ambitions and the implications of technological standards for our EU democratic values require an increasingly strategic approach to standardisation. The EU's ambitions towards a climate neutral, resilient and circular economy cannot be delivered without European standards. Having a strong global footprint in standardisation activities and leading the work in key international fora and institutions will be essential for the EU to remain a global standard-setter. By setting global standards, the EU exports its values while providing EU companies with an important first-mover advantage.

The Strategy proposes five key sets of actions:
   (1) Anticipate, prioritise and address standardisation needs in strategic areas
   (2) Improve the governance and integrity of the European standardisation system
   (3) Enhance European leadership in global standards
   (4) Support innovation
   (5) Enable the next generation of standardisation experts, by mapping, training and supporting  EU projects in the standardisation domain, perfectly matches the goals of the new EU Standardisation Strategy, of which it is an integral part.

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