CEN and CENELEC launch the Declaration “Standards Build Trust” 

Today, Tuesday 9 April, CEN and CENELEC officially launched the Declaration “Standards Build Trust”. The Declaration is the first step of a campaign that will take place in the coming months, highlighting how standards contribute to achieving the priorities of the EU’s policy-making.

The initiative has been developed in occasion of the European elections of 23-26 May, which promise to be a fundamental moment for Europe and its citizens. From AI to sustainable energy, up to smart appliances and blockchain, Europe will need in the coming years to make many important decisions to remain competitive in the world.

In this context, the campaign aims to raise awareness among the new policy makers on how the European Standardization System works and how it supports the priorities of the EU. With more than 24 000 European Standards valid across 34 European countries, CEN and CENELEC help make the Single Market a reality.

CEN and CENELEC have identified five strategic priorities on which standards can provide effective support to the EU’s policymaking in the coming years:

  • A harmonised Single Market. By reducing bureaucracy, standards create value for industry while offering a cost-efficient and easier way to show product compliance with EU law.
  • A competitive European industry ready to lead in international trade. CEN and CENELEC support Europe’s technological change while promoting European interests in international standardization, thanks to their strong collaboration with and within ISO and IEC, the international standardization organizations.
  • Trust in new technology. Standards provide European best practices to lead the digital transformation of society with citizens’ interests in mind.
  • Enhanced innovation for Europe. Through the recently approved Strategic Innovation Plan, CEN and CENELEC enable research and scientific results to reach the market.
  • The Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda. Standards help implementing the sustainable use of resources and energy while protecting consumers, workers and the environment.

Together with the Declaration, CEN and CENELEC have also launched standardsbuildtrust.eu, a dedicated website, which, during the course of the campaign, will highlight in detail the contribution of standards to each one of the five identified priorities. You can also join the conversation on social media through the hashtag #TrustStandards!

For more information, please contact Andreea Gulacsi