CEN and CENELEC send their congratulations to Marlene Mizzi, a Maltese Member of the European Parliament (MEP), for winning on 21 March 2018 the prestigious ‘MEP of the Year Award’ in the ‘Internal Market and Consumer Protection’ (IMCO) category for her work as lead IMCO Committee Rapporteur on the ‘European Standards of the 21st Century’ report.
This award recognizes Ms Mizzi’s leadership, devotion and great capability to take into account the point of view of all stakeholders through a broad consultation. In her work in the European Parliament, MEP Mizzi has proposed constructive, proportionate and reasonable suggestions to help shape and modernize the European Standardization System.
Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC, has sent a message of congratulations to Ms Mizzi on behalf of CEN and CENELEC. In this message she wrote: “Your steer on this file was essential to enhance the role of standardization within the European Digital Single Market in response to the “Standardization Package […] Under your lead, a coherent standardization policy at European level took shape, which aligned different initiatives into a single strategic, holistic work programme.”
Back in July 2017, the European Parliament approved Ms Mizzi’s report on ‘‘European standards for the 21st century". CEN and CENELEC welcomed the resolution as it acknowledges the European standardization system as a central element in the delivery of the European single market.
The report reflects the core value of the European Standardization System such as:
- 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 reducing administrative burdens for all businesses and for SMEs in particular;
- Importance of striking the right balance between timely and high quality standards;
- National delegation principle as fundamental for the European system
- Invitation to the European Commission to investigate and address the reasons for non-citation of European standards in the OJEU
CEN and CENELEC look forward to continuing their cooperation with MEP Mizzi on important files ahead in support of the Digital Single Market.