Joint Initiative on Standardisation
Signatories to the initiative (launched by the European Commission in October 2015) have agreed on a joint vision on standardisation based on mutually-agreed underlying principles. To get the process for improving the ESS underway, a Steering Group is drafting a set of actions, accompanied by pilot projects, based on three cluster domains identified as priorities:
1. Awareness, education and understanding about the European Standardisation System i.e. increasing the relevant use of standards and participation in the process at all levels
2. Coordination, cooperation, transparency and inclusiveness, i.e. ensuring adequate, high-quality, user-friendly and timely European standards
3. Competitiveness and international dimension, i.e. standards supporting European competitiveness in the global markets.
All actions will address provisions under the Joint Initiative, as expressed in the Single Market Strategy of 2015: prioritisation, modernisation and the appropriate speed for timely standards. Finally, the Joint Initiative on Standardisation is not legally binding and should not be construed in any way as replacing or interpreting the existing legal framework.