As stated in the Priorities and Challenges that were presented last year, Euralarm believes that standards for products and services are at the heart of our industry’s success and one of the cornerstones for a successful Single Market. Our members need a fast and flexible standards-setting system because it is the best way to serve the interests of customers, the industry and society. An agile system would help us to respond rapidly to customers’ demands and put European companies on the best footing to serve global markets. It would help us to continue to deliver the highest levels of safety and security to citizens. Against that background Euralarm together with 20 other industry associations has now co-signed a Joint industry statement and recommendations on harmonised standards in support of a competitive European industry. Read the full statement here.
Euralarm has informed the members of the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) on its response on the Evaluation of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). In our representative role for the electronic fire safety industry we welcome the opportunity to provide comments for consideration on the Commission Staff Working Document – Evaluation of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011.
Euralarm strongly supports the free movement of products within the EU and therefore agrees on the need for EU legislation on construction products. We recognize the positive impact of the CPR on cross-border opportunities and trade and share with the EC the conclusion that a revision and a simplification of the CPR is needed. However, we disagree on the Commission’s evaluation of the standardisation system.
For several decades, Euralarm has been heavily involved in European standardisation. Our members have together more than 100 experts on CEN Technical Committees writing candidate harmonized standards under the CPR. Euralarm also gained the official status of CEN Partner.
Unlike the Commission concludes, the issue is NOT with the production of standards but with the requirements set up by the Commission for the harmonisation of standards under the CPR.
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A few weeks ago Bart Vandenbussche started as a new coordinator at Euralarm member ALIA Security. The objective is to closely monitor technological, economic and legal developments in the sector and to inform members about them. Bart will also acts as a liaison between the various federations, governments and organizations with which ALIA co-operates. More info can be found on the ALIA website.
For security and holdup system the EN 50131-1 has been the base for Alarm system for intrusion and holdup for a long time. New technologies and applications are available which can have a benefit for the products and services we can provide to the end-users. At this moment the EN50131-1 is open for revision and Euralarm wants work with their members and other stakeholders from the security industry to see if and how we can include these new technologies in the standards. It will ensure that going forwards the EN50131 will stay relevant for the end-users, alarm response and insurance companies and with that also for our industry.
Euralarm is planning a round table debate on the upcoming revision which is planned on 4th of February 2020 from 10am – 12:30pm with a lunch to follow in Brussels. Euralarm would also like to invite the roundtable participants to attend the afternoon’s members common section meeting which is planned after lunch, which will provide an opportunity for you to listen to common interests across the Security and Fire sectors.
Is it possible to have the same level of services all across Europe? This is an issue at the core of the creation of the Single Market: services have traditionally proven somewhat more difficult to harmonise across the EU, due to the fact that they are often provided by small, local companies. To address these issues, the European Union approved in 2006 the Services Directive, whose aim is to “realise the full potential of services markets in Europe by removing legal and administrative barriers to trade”, thus creating a “Single Market for Services”.
Today, services account for 70% of the EU’s GDP. The market share and the employment generated by services is expected to continue to increase, as the emergence of the collaborative economy, digitization and servitisation of the manufacturing industry provide further growth opportunities for the EU service businesses.
CEN and CENELEC, the European standardization organizations, warmly welcome researchers, technologists and innovators to the one-day European conference on November 13 in Brussels.
Euralarm co-signed a letter of 27 organisations active in the field of fire security to Commissioner Moedas. Following the recommendations from the International Association for Fire Safety Science, the organisations call for more resources dedicated to EU fire safety research in Horizon Europe.
One of the most basic requirements for each of us is defence against harm, no matter what form it takes. Without protective measures, the individuals that make up society are at risk. For decades our industry has worked diligently to develop solutions to prevent and limit the consequences from threats such as fire, theft, property damage and others. In collaboration with public authorities, policy makers, standards and certification bodies and industry associations, our industry works to address society’s needs for safety and security in Europe and globally.
Today the doors of the Euralarm GA and symposium will open in Madrid.
I look forward to meeting the Euralarm members and visitors during the GA and symposium. Your presence will change this event into a communication platform for our industry.
It’s almost a year ago that I took over the presidency of Euralarm. A year that has been full of developments that influence our industry. When I took over I wanted to engage our members by communicating with them about the trends in our business and about the relevance of a strong and clearly visible association. I think we’re on the right track but I’m also sure that we need to keep demonstrating to our members how important Euralarm is an industry that is moving rapidly forward.
In that sense the General Assembly is one of the annual highlights where members meet, network and communicate. An event where decisions are taken and plans are made. An event that combines association affairs with our high profile symposium. This year’s symposium will focus on innovation, standardization, regulation and other developments that will shape the future of our sector. It’s an unique event that brings together fire safety and security experts from across Europe to share insights, to network and to listen to market changes impacting their professional activities. With members and other professionals discussing a variety of up-and-coming topics impacting the industry this is a perfect example of a powerful communication platform.
This year’s symposium will also be the moment that we share our view on the next years. Spreading the word to a larger audience starts at the symposium.
MEPs adopt the EU Cybersecurity certification scheme for products, processes and services, whilst also expressing their deep concern about Chinese IT in the EU. It establishes the first EU-wide cybersecurity certification scheme to ensure that certified products, processes and services sold in EU countries meet cybersecurity standards.
"From cybersecurity to standardisation, this collaboration helps us advocate the right policy framework for the future."
"WAGNER decided to permanently engage in Euralarm’s activities with special respect to matters of fire safety, contributing to reduce trade barriers and to enhance competitiveness and harmonisation of the European market."
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