SBS-SMEunited welcome the agreement on the amendment to the Regulation on EU standardisation

SBS-SMEunited welcome the agreement on the amendment to the Regulation on EU standardisation

SBS and SMEunited welcome the agreement on the amendment to the Regulation on European standardisation

Brussels, 20 October – SBS and SMEunited welcome the agreement by the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament on a technical amendment to Regulation 1025/2012 on European standardisation. The amendment, approved in yesterday’s Coreper I meeting, is part of the package of measures outlined in the standardisation Strategy published by the European Commission last February.

SBS has supported the content of the amendment throughout the different stages of the discussion, expressing in its position paper on the subject that inclusiveness needs to be enhanced at all levels of standardisation, be it national, European or international. It is vital that a consultation of all stakeholders, including SMEs, is carried out at national level within the National standardisation Bodies (NSBs) ahead of any decision concerning a standardisation request.

In this sense, SBS and SMEunited particularly welcome the newly created Recital 4(a), which stresses the need to ensure the “essential” representation of the interests of SMEs and other societal actors both at national level and within the European standardisation Organisations. The text offers an improvement over the Commission’s already positive proposal by further highlighting the need for an inclusive, balanced and transparent standardisation system that properly considers the interests of SMEs and all relevant stakeholders.

Commenting on the agreement reached, SBS Secretary General Maitane Olabarria said: “The agreed text supports a stronger role of SMEs in European standardisation. Looking to the upcoming evaluation of Regulation 1025/2012, SBS renews the call for an effective implementation of its provisions, particularly concerning the participation and access of SMEs to standardisation at the national level.” SMEunited Secretary General Véronique Willems commented: “A more balanced and inclusive standardisation system that considers the specificities of all stakeholders must ensure that SMEs can access new markets, innovate and be competitive. In this respect, the European standardisation policy can serve as a model to be followed internationally.”


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