High-level event: The key role of voluntary standards for Europe’s strategic autonomy

Published by the European Commission on 2 February 2022, the new European standardization strategy proposes courses of action for European economic actors to develop "a stronger industry for a more independent Europe". Recognised as a highly strategic tool, voluntary standardization is essential to strengthen the EU's competitiveness on a global scale, to accompany the green and digital transition, and to develop a model that is faithful to European values and principles.

As the French presidency of the European Union draws to a close, AFNOR, the French National Standardization Association, is hosting a high-level conference to explore the issues at stake in the strategy driven by the European Commission, and to present what role voluntary standardization plays to achieve the EU's strategic autonomy. An action plan built by the European standardization community around CEN, CENELEC and ETSI - the three European standardization organisations officially recognised by the EU (ESOs) - will also be unveiled.


The conference will take place in Paris on 27 June 2022 and will see the participation of high-level representatives from the European and National Standardization Organizations, the European Commission and the industry.


It will also see an exceptional intervention by Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market; and Maive Rute, the newly-named Chief Standardization Officer at the European Commission (DG GROW).


The full programme of the event (in French and in English) can be found at this link.


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