On 1st January 2019 Romania has taken over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time since its EU accession in 2007. It now has an unprecedented opportunity to exercise significant influence on the legislative and political agenda of the EU during the next six months.
Under the motto “Cohesion, a common European value”, Romania has identified four pillars around which the priorities of its Presidency will be structured. These priorities have a fundamental importance for the future of the EU. They are particularly relevant during a period that will include Brexit and the European elections: the Europe of convergence; the Europe of freedom and justice; Europe, a global player; and the Europe of shared values.
In this context, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and their Romanian national member, ASRO, highlight the essential contribution that standards make to the Romanian Presidency’s priorities across a wide range of sectors and topics. Through the national members, participation in producing these standards is open to all citizens, all companies and all organisations. The European Standardization System (ESS) offers really powerful tools to support Europe’s competitiveness in the global market, underpin research, drive innovation and provide protection and security to all its citizens.
Standards, contributing to a stronger and more resilient Europe
“The European Standards we develop support the implementation of many European strategic objectives, such as the Digital Single Market, the Innovation Union and Security Union, and contribute to the economic stability and further development of Europe and its Single Market”, says Elena Santiago Cid, CEN and CENELEC’s Director General in Brussels. “In particular, digitalisation is at the core of our efforts. We aim to facilitate the digital transformation of Europe Industry and our ambition this year is to deploy the CEN and CENELEC’s Strategic Plan for Digital Transformation.”
European Standards effectively contribute to making the Single Market a reality, dismantling barriers to trade and supporting companies to bring to market competitive products and services that are in high demand all over the world.
This topic will be the focus of one of the flagship events of the Romanian Presidency, “Standards connect markets”. The event, co-organised by Romania’s Ministry of Economy and the European Commission, with the support of ASRO, will be held in Bucharest on 7th June. The high-level conference will bring together legislators, representatives from industry (including SMEs), as well as other stakeholders, to discuss a variety of topics, such as the benefits of standardization to the future of the Single Market, its contribution to the digitalisation of the European economy, and how to improve awareness of standardization among public authorities and students.
Romania at the heart of the European Standardization System
Particularly during the period of Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the Europe Union, CEN, CENELEC and ASRO will work closely together in making sure that standardization is taken up in the policy discussion of the European institutions to facilitate the achievements of their goals.
CEN and CENELEC will hold their next General Assembly Meeting in Bucharest, on the 5th and 6th of June. “ASRO is particularly pleased to host this important meeting for CEN and CENELEC”, says Iuliana Chilea, ASRO’s Director General. “We are honoured to welcome to Bucharest Europe’s national members of CEN and CENELEC, as well as a diverse range of stakeholders and decision makers. We intend to have an in-depth and inclusive discussion about how standards contribute to the Single Market and to the EU’s strategic objectives, and how this relationship can be developed and cemented into the core of European public policy. It is particularly fitting with the Presidency’s own priorities that on the second day of the General Assembly we will hold a debate on cybersecurity and standardization, where participants will be able to grapple in depth this urgent and complex topic that has an impact on the lives of all of us”.
CEN, CENELEC and ASRO look forward to supporting the Romanian Presidency in making the next six months an opportunity to create a stronger, more cohesive Europe; a bastion for human values.
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