European standards are fundamental for the correct functioning of the European Union (EU) Single Market: by setting common rules and a coherent system all across Europe, they support the free circulation of products and services. Understanding and recognising their contribution is fundamental, especially this year, 2018, when the Single Market’s 25th anniversary is celebrated all across Europe.
Celebrating the Single Market successes so far must be coupled with looking ahead: in a globalised economy which is constantly evolving, it is increasingly important to be open to change and to look forward. Stakeholders and standardizers at all levels need to explore how to collaborate to ensure that standards can maintain their relevance in favouring Europe’s growth and competitiveness in the digital economy, in order to have an economy that is fit for the future.
These issues and many others will be at the centre of the conference “Standards meet the future”, that will take place in the framework of World Standards Day (#WSD2018) and of the Single Market’s 25th Anniversary on Friday 12 October. The one-day conference, jointly organised by the European Standardization Organizations (CEN, CENELEC, ETSI), the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), will take place in Centre Albert Borschette in Brussels.
Throughout the course of the day, a varied group of speakers coming from industry, the European institutions, the standardization bodies and societal organizations will discuss in a series of panels how standards contribute to the Single Market, are supporting the 4th Industrial Revolution and how they can shape the next big digital revolution.
Particular attention will be given to how coordination between all stakeholders active in the field of standardization, across subjects, can be ensured: a necessary development in the new context in which technological and digital developments are cross-sectoral and horizontal. Read the full programme.
More information on the “Standards meet the future” conference is available on our website on the dedicated event page.
Participation to the conference is free, but registration is required before the 5th of October (register now).
A tweetchat to celebrate World Standards Day will be held on 15 October at 11am (CEST) and will last 1 hour.
Join the conversation by following @Standards4EU and using the official hashtag #WSD2018.
For more information or if you would like to get involved contact:
Ms Celine OEYEN
Project Manager - Policy engagement - Strategy and governance
(Tel: +32 2 550 08 85 )