The CEN President participated to STAIR meeting

The 32nd meeting of CEN-CENELEC Working Group of the Technical Boards ‘STAIR’ (STAndards, Innovation and Research) took place on Thursday 24 February. STAIR is the focal point within CEN and CENELEC for any matter related to integrating standardization with innovation and research.

STAIR meetings bring together CEN and CENELEC Members, their nominated stakeholders from industry, research institutes and national authorities nominated, as well as representatives of different Commission Services and ISO Central Secretariat.


Stefano Calzolari, who is the new CEN President since January 2022 and holds the role of CEN and CENELEC ‘Innovation Champion’, participated to the meeting. Mr. Calzolari shared his view and expectations for ensuring the European standardization system is fully plugged into the research and innovation community, recognizing that research and innovation are the main drivers for the expected achievement of European priorities.


Mr. Calzolari commented: I feel very optimistic about the work that we will do together over the next three years, and I will do my best as CEN President, together with Wolfgang Niedziella, President of CENELEC, and the help of CEN and CENELEC Management Centre to support the work of STAIR .


Prof. Knut Blind, who is acting as Chair of STAIR since its creation in 2009, highlighted this was the first time that a CEN President attended a STAIR meeting and expressed his appreciation for the strong ambition towards research and innovation demonstrated by the CEN and CENELEC Governance.


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