On the Road to Sibiu: standards help implement the EU’s Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 

On Tuesday, 30 April 2019, the European Commission published its recommendations for the EU’s next Strategic Agenda 2019-2024. The communication, which has been released in view of next week’s Sibiu Summit (9 May), is part of a series of high-level reflections on the future of Europe “in an increasingly multipolar and uncertain world”, and aims at providing a roadmap on the eve of the European elections.

Through this exercise, the European Commission identified five priority areas on which the EU’s actions should be based in the coming legislative term:

  1. Protective Europe
  2. Competitive Europe
  3. Fair Europe
  4. Sustainable Europe
  5. Influential Europe

CEN and CENELEC, in their role as two of the three officially recognised European Standardization Organizations (ESOs), welcome the effort of the Commission to launch a reflection on the future of Europe and highlight the essential contribution that standards make to the Romanian Presidency’s priorities across a wide range of sectors and topics. The European Standardization System (ESS) offers powerful tools to support Europe’s priorities in the world, from opening up markets to fostering innovation up to providing protection and security to all its citizens.

On 9 April CEN and CENELEC also launched the Declaration “Standards Build Trust”, in order to join the conversation on the future of Europe. The Declaration shows the extent to which European standardization shares the priorities identified by the European Commission: it highlights the important contribution of European standardization in supporting the objectives of policy makers and the many strategic decisions the EU institutions will be called to answer in the coming five years.

In particular, the Declaration identifies five strategic priorities on which standards can provide effective support to the European policymaking in the coming years. CEN and CENELEC will focus on:

  • A harmonized Single Market
  • A competitive European industry ready to lead in international trade
  • Trust in new technologies
  • Enhanced innovation for Europe
  • The sustainable development goals of the UN2030 agenda

To find out more about the CEN and CENELEC Declaration, you can visit the dedicated website.

The CEN and CENELEC community looks forward to supporting the European institutions in making the next five years an opportunity to “preserve our European way of life, sustain our planet, and reinforce our global influence”, as stated by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Join the campaign in the coming months through the dedicated hashtag #TrustStandards

For more information please contact Andreea Gulacsi.