Standardization – an efficient tool to ensure the transfer of innovative products and technologies into marketable products and services.

Brussels, Belgium – 19 October 2009

The European Standardization Organizations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) took part in the first European Innovation Summit at the European Parliament on 13 and 14 October. Standards are one important tool to secure markets for innovative products and services, and their importance was addressed by speakers and from the floor in several summit sessions, for example on policy matters, international protection & enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, and fostering EU global competitiveness.

Mr José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission made reference to standards as enablers to bring innovation to the market in his keynote address at the welcome reception.

In the opening address, the President of the European Parliament Mr Jerzy Buzek, mentioned that "since the Lisbon Agenda entered our vocabulary some ten years ago, Europe has aimed at becoming the leading knowledge-based economy in the world. The good news is, we succeeded; the bad news, it's not enough. What we need is to learn not only to produce knowledge, but also how to transform it into innovations representing real added-value to our society and economy.' (Foreword in the Summit programme brochure).

The European Standardization Organizations highlighted in various sessions and at their exhibition stand how they can help make Europe a global leader in innovation. The future European Innovation Act will undoubtedly stress the importance of standards in this respect, as did the 2008 Conclusions of the Council on standardization and innovation.

The European Standardization Organizations are actively seeking to improve the provision of platforms for efficient and effective standards-setting for the benefit of society as a whole - industry, public administrations, consumers, and other stakeholders.

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Notes for Editors

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 CEN 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. By supporting research, and helping disseminate innovation, standards are a powerful tool for economic growth. 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 480 million people. For further information please visit:

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 and provide environmental protection.
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About ETSI
ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Commission as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose 766 member companies and organizations, drawn from 63 countries across 5 continents worldwide, participate directly in its work.
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