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Press release: Brussels, 5 July 2017

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Press release : Brussels, 14th June 2016 – Yesterday, Small Business Standards (SBS) endorsed the Joint
Initiative on Standardisation(1) in the presence of Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska. This
initiative focuses on 15 concrete actions aimed at modernising, prioritising and streamlining
the delivery of standards by the end of 2019, some of which are specifically designed for
smaller companies. Standards are crucial for SMEs, therefore these actions are a further step
towards better representation of SMEs in the standardisation world.

Brussels, 1st June 2016 – SBS (the European association representing SMEs in the standard making process at European and international levels) welcomes a series of documents relating to standardisation published today by the European Commission. Indeed, SBS supports these measures aimed at a better inclusion of SMEs in the standardisation process and hence to ensure standards can be used by smaller companies. 

Brussels, 25th May 2016 – Today, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) plenary almost unanimously approved rapporteur Patrick Liébus’ Opinion on the 2016 Annual Union Work Programme for European standardisation. This is the first time small and medium-sized companies, workers, consumers and environmental NGOs make their joint voice heard in an official document on standardisation at the EESC. The Opinion calls for better inclusion of these underrepresented players within standardisation as well as for a specific status for the organisations that represent them.

Brussels, 04 May 2016 – At the General Assembly of ETSI, the European Telecommunication Standards Institute, SMEs stood firm against the proposal to delete an article of ETSI Rules of Procedure that concerns dispute resolution between its members, which would be particularly detrimental to them.