CEN and CENELEC met with Maive Rute, the European Commission’s Chief Standardization Officer

The new year is an opportunity to start things right. In this spirit, on 13 January, the directors of CEN and CENELEC met with the new Chief Standardization Officer of the European Commission, Maive Rute, for a strategic conversation on European Standardization. Mrs Rute was accompanied by Sophie Müller, Head of Unit, and Matthias Bergdahl, Deputy Head of Unit Standards Policy at the European Commission.

This informal foresight exercise took place in the framework of the renewed partnership established by the new European Standardization Strategy. It was an opportunity to coordinate a strong and forward-thinking approach to the work that can be expected in 2023. The conversation revolved around how the changed global environment and its new challenges called for an updated, new approach to standardization in Europe, and highlighted some priorities for future action. Among them, specific focus was put on sectors such as clean tech, digital technologies, renewable energy and raw materials, which were deemed as particularly relevant to ensure Europe’s competitiveness.


With the European Standardization Strategy in full motion, the European Excellence Hub kicked off, the High-Level Forum launched and the Annual Union Work Programme for standardization being drafted, 2023 has all the makings for an exciting year of growth for the European Standardization System.


CEN and CENELEC look forward to deepening their relationship with the European Commission and all relevant stakeholders and collaborating with the valuable experience of Maive Rute for the implementation of the next steps of the Strategy. 


Whitney CLARK


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