A significant part of future goods and services are yet unknown, but the main driving force behind their development will be Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). KETs are of systemic relevance as they enable the development of new goods and services and the restructuring of industrial processes needed to modernise EU industry and secure the research, development and innovation base in Europe. Standardization will play an important role in facilitating the market uptake of KETs.
On 26 June 2012, the European Commission tabled its strategy to boost the industrial production of KETs-based products, e.g. innovative products and applications of the future. The focus is on six KETs: micro-/nanoelectronics, industrial biotechnology, photonics, nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing technologies.
To assist the European Commission in the implementation of KETs, a High Level Expert Group (HLG) was established in January 2013 with members appointed from key actors along the whole KETs value chain.
The HLG is supported by a Sherpa Group.
The Sherpa Group had its first meeting on 23 January 2013 in Brussels and the HLG will meet in Brussels on 27 February 2013.