15 May 2018

The use of standards in policy – ECOS Annual Workshop – 12 June 2018

Co-organised by Small Business Standards (SBS) and entitled “The use of standards in policy: Is there an elephant in the room?”, the workshop will explore possible implications of the James Elliott and other court cases on the way policy-makers use standards in European laws and policies.

We will discuss whether the approach of regulators but also standardisers providing the technical details to implement legislation remains valid. We will also see whether a clear line can be drawn between standards serving the needs of stakeholders and standards serving the needs of policy makers.

When? 12 June 2018 from 9:30 AM till 3:30 PM.
Where? European Economic and Social Committee (JDE70 room), Rue Belliard 99-101, 1000 Brussels

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For the first time, in the James Elliott case, the European Court of Justice shed some clarity on the legal nature of standards: standards have been recognised as “part of EU law”. What do this and preceding judgements mean for European policy-makers who, more and more, use standards as policy tools whether for the Single Market or in areas of public interest? If standards are part of EU law, should the European Standardisation Organisations adapt their way of working? What is an appropriate level of European Commission scrutiny of standards? Can standards remain voluntary?

Expert speakers will address these and other questions during our event. Download the draft programme here.

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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