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.
2019 has so far seen two national workshops, organised in Cyprus (April) and North Macedonia (June), within the ENgage project, which aims at enhancing the participation of national standardisation bodies and environmental NGOs in standardisation.
In its recent “Conclusions on an EU Industrial Policy Strategy: A Vision For 2030”, the EU Council encouraged all actors involved to make further progress with regard to inclusiveness, legal certainty and predictability aiming at a rapid delivery of the harmonised standards and their benefits to enterprises and consumers.
On 6 June, ECOS Executive Director Justin Wilkes attended the CEN and CENELEC General Assemblies in Bucharest, with the aim to promote inclusiveness and environmental concerns to the European standardisation organisations.