European Standards Organisation Joint Presidents' Group (JPG) meets European Commission (EC) Vice-President Günter Verheugen, Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry

Brussels, Belgium and Sophia Antipolis, France - 30 May 2008

The officially-recognised European Standardization Organisations (ESOs); CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, are pleased to report on the outcome of their positive meeting with EC Vice-President Mr. Günter Verheugen.

During a fruitful meeting for all participants, several key areas were discussed including:

  • Importance of collaboration between ESOs and the European Commission
  • Access to standardization for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Small Businesses Act
  • "EC Study on ICT Standardization Policy Requirements"
  • Importance of innovation, R&D results and standardization to the value food chain
  • Visibility of the European standardization system

Vice-President Verheugen concurred with the views of the ESO representatives that standardization was very high on the agendas of global trade partners, adding that innovation is key to the success of the knowledge economy. Although embracing this sentiment the ESOs added that innovation alone was insufficient for market success, as was the simple delivery of R&D results, stating that standardization was required to cement together elements of the value chain.

Mr. Verheugen alluded to the mutually dependent nature of the relationship between the ESOs and the EC, aligning the value of ESO support to the Commission's standardization policies, with EC recognition of the ESOs.

Speaking in the context of the importance of access to standardization for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Vice-President Verheugen referred to the Small Business Act, speaking of the need to "improve the involvement of SMEs in the standardization process and their access to the use of standards" and the ESOs pointed to their support and willingness to assess ways to cooperate on this matter without jeopardizing their independence.

The ESO's stressed the success of the Seconded European Standardization Expert in China (SESEC) and announced that a similar initiative is currently under way for India. They also highlighted the added value of the Regulatory Dialogues in the context of the [joint] promotion of the European system of standardization.

EC Vice-President, Mr. Günter Verheugen expressed his satisfaction with the meeting:
"Our common aims to serve industry invariably make for a constructive and useful exchange of views with the ESO Joint Presidents' Group".

ESO JPG Chairman Mr. Juan Carlos López Agüí, speaking on behalf of the ESOs and echoing the sentiments of Vice-President Verheugen, said:
"We [the ESOs] look forward to increasing even further our level of collaboration with the EC on matters of mutual importance in order to build for the future, particularly in relation to SMEs".


Notes for Editors

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About ETSI

ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Commission as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is a not-for-profit organization whose 700 ETSI member organizations benefit from direct participation and are drawn from 62 countries across 5 continents worldwide.
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About CEN
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is a business facilitator in Europe, removing trade barriers for European industry and consumers. Its mission is to foster the European economy in global trading, the welfare of European citizens and the environment. Through its services it provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical specifications.
CEN's 30 National Members work together to develop voluntary European Standards (ENs) in various sectors to build a European Internal Market for goods and services and to position Europe in the global economy. More than 60.000 technical experts as well as business federations, consumer and other societal interest organizations are involved in the CEN network that reaches over 460 million people.
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The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization - is officially responsible for standardization in the electrotechnical field.
In an ever more global economy, CENELEC fosters innovation and competitiveness, making technology available not only to major businesses but also to SMEs through the production of voluntary standards. CENELEC creates market access at the European level but also at the international level through its cooperation agreement with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
Through the work of its 30 Members together with its experts, the industry federations and consumers, electrotechnical European Standards are created in order to help shape the European Internal Market, to encourage technological development, to ensure interoperability and to guarantee the safety and health of consumers, as well as the environmental protection.
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