When First Vice-President Frans Timmermans stated last year that, “we need to clear the decks” it signalled the start of a Commission that seems determined to differ from its predecessors’ in a crucial way; through markedly reducing the amount of legislation it produces. The 2015 Work Programme displayed this new approach with 80 existing proposals planned for amendment or withdrawal and less new legislation being initiated.
This approach has left a gap to be filled with the Commission indicating that standards have a huge role to play in offering an alternative to legislation, offering business a new opportunity to lend their expertise in developing new EU wide standards fit for the needs of the forthcoming decade. Joining the British Chamber to give their views on what the new role of standards should look like will be Kerstin Jorna, Director of Industrial Property, Innovation and Standards at DG GROW, and Elena Santiago Cid, Director-General of CEN and CENELEC, who will each give their own views before answering participants’ questions.
Since the Regulation on European Standardisation took effect on 1st January 2013, it has been an obligation for the commission to adopt an annual work programme for European standardization containing particular standardisation priorities. The sectors identified this year include; bio-based products, advanced manufacturing technologies, construction and raw materials, eco-design/energy-related products, clean vehicles and postal services.