Standardisation Strategy for a Resilient, Green and Digital Single Market

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 07 February 2022

Following the publication of the updated New Industrial Strategy, the European Commission has a new Standardisation Strategy. 

The Single Market helps to reduce costs for small businesses. Its process is based on a public-private-partnership between the Commission and the standardisation community. 

The new Standardisation Strategy creates a modern approach to standards in the Single Market and globally. It aims to strengthen the EU's global competitiveness, and facilitate the transition to a green, resilient and digital economy. 

The EU's ambitions towards a climate neutral, resilient and circular economy can’t be delivered without updated standards. New innovations, green and digital ambitions and technology mean that standards require a more strategic approach.  

The strategy proposes 5 key actions: 

  • Anticipate, prioritise and address standardisation needs  

  • Improve the integrity of European standardisation 

  • Enhance European leadership  

  • Support innovation 

  • Improve expertise in standardisation 

Discussing the standardisation strategy, Executive Vice-President for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, said: “Ensuring that data is protected in artificial intelligence or ensuring that mobile devices are secure from hacking, rely on standards and must be in line with EU democratic values. In the same way, we need standards for the roll-out of important investment projects, like hydrogen or batteries, and to valorise innovation investment by providing EU companies with an important first-mover advantage.” 

Adding to this, Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton said: “Technical standards are of strategic importance. Europe's technological sovereignty, ability to reduce dependencies and protection of EU values will rely on our ability to be a global standard-setter. With today's Strategy, we are crystal-clear on our standardisation priorities and create the conditions for European standards to become global benchmarks. We take action to preserve the integrity of the European standardisation process, putting European SMEs and the European interest at the centre”. 

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