Council and European Parliament agree on adapting EU standardisation rules

F.P. Report

BRUSSELS: The Council and the European Parliament today reached a provisional political agreement on the proposal to amend the European standardisation regulation.

“Harmonised standards are of key importance as they enable EU businesses to put harmonised and trustworthy goods on the internal market. I am glad that today we agreed to adapt this regulation. This will help to enhance Europe’s competitiveness and to better promote the green and digital priorities worldwide.”

Jozef Síkela, Czech Minister for Industry and Trade

The regulation lays down procedures for developing harmonised standards within the EU. These harmonised standards make it easier to place products on the single market and thereby strengthen the EU’s competitiveness.

The proposed amendment introduces new requirements for European standardisation organisations (ESOs) to ensure the involvement of national standardisation bodies. Reinforcing the role of national representatives will improve the functioning of ESOs and enhance member states’ representation in their decision-making processes.

The amendment will also ensure the promotion of European values in developing European standards. That is particularly important in view of the ongoing digital transition.