Standards are increasingly being used in support of European legislation and policies. However, the private nature of the European standardisation organisations combined with the voluntary nature of standards make the monitoring and control by legislators over the development of standards challenging. Moreover, the standard development process lacks transparency with civil society participation remaining sporadic, uncoordinated and insufficient, particularly at national level.
More than fifty representatives of Greek civil society, public authorities and academia gathered in Athens, Greece, on 10 December, to discuss the role of NGOs in the standardisation system, as well as the role of standards in policy and how they can support the circular economy.
ECOS Policy Director Christoforos Spiliotopoulos has joined the Advisory Council of EPEAT, an ecolabel with global outreach focusing on IT products, including computers, televisions, servers and mobile phones.
As part of the ENgage project, which looks at bringing environmental NGOs closer to standardisation, ECOS Programme Manager Lindsey Wuisan gave a presentation in Prague, to raise awareness on the importance of ecodesign and standardisation, at the national standardisation agency CAS.