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.
Brussels, 12th September 2014 – SBS – the European association representing SMEs in the standard making process at European and international level – obtained the integration of SME priorities in the adopted Guidance Note on European Standardisation 2015. SBS, alongside the other three Annex III organisations (ECOS1, ETUI2, ANEC3), presented a joint document as a contribution to the Guidance Note. This joint contribution was put forward by the four Annex III organisations during the 1st Joint Coordination meeting with the ESOs organised by the European Commission.