European Parliament approves the Report on European Standards of MEP Marlene Mizzi 

On 4 July 2017 the European Parliament approved a Report on ‘European standards’ during its Parliament Plenary session as a Resolution:

"EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION on European standards – implementation of Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 (2016/2274(INI))"

The report, presented by MEP rapporteur Marlene Mizzi, was first adopted (30 May 2017) by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO Committee) as a response to the ‘European Commission Standardisation package’ of 1st June 2016. The drafting of the report was led by IMCO with the contributions of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE Commitee) and the Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN Committee).

The Parliament Resolution contains 85 recommendations from which we, CEN and CENELEC, positively welcome the recognition in particular of the :

  • Strengths and core values of the existing system. Standards are recognized as a valuable voluntary, market-driven tool, which should not be seen as EU law;
  • Contribution of European Standards in preventing market fragmentation and of standardization in reducing administrative burdens and transport costs for all businesses and for SMEs in particular;
  • Importance of timely delivery of standards, as well as references being cited in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) in cases of harmonised standards;
  • National delegation principle is fundamental for the European system.

It also acknowledges that the speed of delivery of standards has improved, and recalls the importance of striking the right balance between the need to ensure timely development and the need for standards to be of high quality. Furthermore, it supports European standardization in the field of services and the link of European standardization with research and innovation. Highlighted as well is the need to improve coordination between the ICT and non-ICT standards regimes.

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CEN and CENELEC are actively contributing in other initiatives at the European Institutions level such as the Joint initiative for Standardization and the Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) programme.