Shaping a New Deal for the Single Market: Joint statement on harmonised standards
27 January 2020
The new Commission has stated its intention to develop an industrial strategy that can strengthen EU competitiveness, while committing itself to supporting the digital transformation of Europe’s economy and society. Central to achieving these aims will be an efficient Single Market, underpinned by a well-run system for the development, assessment and use of harmonised standards – essential for enabling the smooth free circulation of goods.
However, in recent years companies have been facing serious issues with the current EU governance for harmonised standards. The Commission has claimed additional responsibilities based on the interpretation that standards are an extension of the law, which is neither workable nor attractive for standards users and developers in industry. As a result, companies are facing increased administrative burden while innovative technologies are taking longer to access the Single Market.
This is why Orgalim has joined forces with 20 industry associations to publish a joint statement proposing a “new deal” for standardisation: we call on the Commission to take action to ensure harmonised standards remain attractive and relevant for companies operating in the Single Market, as an essential building block of a new industrial strategy for Europe.
Read the full joint statement here.