Internal Market: Joint Industry recommendations for effective Harmonised Standardisation

Published: 6 July 2021

Policies & Issues: Internal Market - Compliance, Standards & Enforcement

This paper provides tangible recommendations to remove bottlenecks in harmonised standardisation. In view of the upcoming standardisation strategy, a constructive dialogue to find synergies will be necessary to fulfil the strategic value of standardisation, as highlighted in the European Commission’s updated Industrial Strategy, and the delivery of stakeholder know-how on technical solutions.

We welcome the recommendations made by seventeen EU delegations on “EU industry competitiveness and effective harmonised standardisation” at the Competitiveness Council on 27 May 2021, and any concrete steps by the European Commission to enhance the processes for harmonised standardisation, as suggested in the updated Industrial Strategy.

We are convinced that for the well-functioning of the European standardisation system, including harmonised standardisation, industry must remain a key stakeholder, bringing in competence and experience to the said system. Therefore, we believe it is essential that several roles and principles be kept in mind.


To read our recommendations in full, please download the document above.


Federica Boledi
Adviser - Internal Market and Innovation

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