SBS proposed amendments to IMCO Draft Report on a Standardisation strategy for the single market (2022/2058(INI))

SBS proposed amendments to IMCO Draft Report on a Standardisation strategy for the single market (2022/2058(INI))

Amendment 1

Draft report text

General remarks

consultation; notes also the adoption of, and progress on, the 2022 annual work programme on standardisation.

SBS proposal


General remarks

Justification:

application of standards and adapting them to their specific needs.

Amendment 2

Draft report text

General remarks

SBS proposal


General remarks

standards in an accountable, transparent and inclusive way, ensuring that the needs and specificities of all relevant stakeholders, including SMEs and societal actors, are taken into account; stresses, however, that standards cannot be seen as EU law, since legislation and policies regarding the level of consumer, health, safety, environmental and data protection, and the level of social inclusion, are determined by the legislator;

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Amendment 3

Draft report text

Leveraging the European standardisation system 11

Leveraging the European standardisation system 11. Stresses that there may be inherent limits to speeding up the standardisation process, as the preparation of standards, citation of harmonised standards and industry implementation of those standards all add time before market adoption; […]

SBS proposal

Leveraging the European standardisation system 11

consultants; […]

Justification:

Amendment 4

SBS proposal

Justification:

Amendment 5

Draft report text

Upholding the integrity, inclusiveness and accessibility of the European standardisation system where such reforms may be beneficial and complementary to work envisaged by the ESOs following the Commission’s call for them to present proposals to reform their own internal governance;

SBS proposal

Upholding the integrity, inclusiveness and accessibility of the European standardisation system

the ESOs to present proposals to reform their own internal governance, by:

• systematically and actively facilitating the participation of SMEs and societal stakeholders’ representatives within National standardisation Bodies (NSBs);

• Strengthening the rights of Annex III organisations within the ESOs by expanding the right for opinion and broadening their right of appeal

• Raising awareness about the role of Annex III organisations and promoting the use of tools such as the e of existing tools such as the CEN-CENELEC Guide 17 providing guidance for writing standards taking into account micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) or the SME Compatibility Test for standards.

Justification:

international standardisation, for those standards bodies relying on the national delegation principle. Existing tools such as the Guide 17 or the SME compatibility test developed by SBS should also be further promoted to ensure standards are developed with SMEs’ needs and characteristics in mind.

Amendment 6

Draft report text

Upholding the integrity, inclusiveness and accessibility of the European standardisation system

notes that not all organisations listed in Annex III have national counterparts in the Member States; considers that the Commission may direct funding or technical support to those organisations to ensure participation in national standardisation activities, including not only technical work on standards, but also the preparation of positions vis-à-vis standardisation requests at the European and international levels, thereby reinforcing the inclusivity of the process as a whole;

SBS proposal

Upholding the integrity, inclusiveness and accessibility of the European standardisation system

particularly the announced launch of a peer-review process among Member States and NSBs to achieve better inclusiveness and SME-friendly conditions for standardisation; considers that the Commission may direct funding or technical support to ensure participation in national standardisation activities, including not only technical work on standards, but also the preparation of positions vis-à-vis standardisation requests, thereby reinforcing the inclusivity of the process as a whole; stresses the importance to ensure that additional financial support for the participation of SMEs and SME associations is provided by Member States at the national level; […]

Justification:

national stakeholders that form part of the categories of stakeholders represented by these organisations at national level (SMEs, consumers, environmental NGOs, trade unions). standardisation requests are always developed at European level and addressed to European Standards Organisation (ESOs), not to the international standards organisations.

Amendment 7

Draft report text

Upholding the integrity, inclusiveness and accessibility of the European standardisation system

Recognises the need for a consistent approach towards technical or common specifications, in particular as different legislative processes may give rise to divergent provisions; considers, therefore, that this mechanism should only be used in exceptional circumstances and only while relevant standards do not exist; […]

SBS proposal

Upholding the integrity, inclusiveness and accessibility of the European standardisation system

Stresses the need for a consistent approach towards technical or common specifications and is concerned that different legislative processes may give rise to divergent provisions; considers, therefore, that this mechanism should only be used in exceptional circumstances, only while relevant standards do not exist and by ensuring the involvement of all relevant stakeholders; […]

Justification:

relevant stakeholders should be involved in their production in a fully transparent process.

Amendment 8

SBS proposal

Highlights that the effective participation of European SMEs and societal stakeholders in international standardisation continues to be a majorchallenge; calls for the European Commission and the ESOs to engage with international counterparts and like-minded trade partners to ensure greater inclusiveness of the international standardisation system and stronger representation of all stakeholders;

Justification:
Concrete and incisive measures should be pursued to increase the inclusiveness of international standardisation and the representation of all European stakeholders, particularly in light of the increasing number of international standards being adopted at the European level.

Amendment 9

Draft report text

Ensuring future standardisation expertise

19. Supports the development of awareness-raising and training programmes aimed at developing pathways towards standardisation activities for academics, future industry professionals and

SBS proposal

Ensuring future standardisation expertise

vocational education and training (VET), future industry professionals and policymakers; calls for training and mentorship programmes to be launched to promote awareness of standards and the benefits of standardisation, particularly aimed at SMEs and other underrepresented stakeholders in standardisation; […]

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