On 1 July 2018 Austria will take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the third time, which will significantly influence the legislative and political agenda of the Council during the next six months. The motto of Austria’s Council Presidency is “A Europe that protects”. In this context, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and its member Austrian Standards International (A.S.I.) highlight the essential contribution that standards make to the Austrian Presidency priorities such as solving many security challenges faced by the EU today and helping to maintain EU competitiveness through digitization.
“European Standards definitely contributed to making the EU Single Market a reality, thus strengthening Europe’s competitiveness. They dismantle barriers to trade and support companies – large, medium-sized and small ones alike – by bringing to market competitive products and services that are in high demand all over the world,” emphasises Austrian Standards’ Managing Director Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha.
European Standards are an essential element to successfully and securely address the challenges of digitisation, whilst enabling the exploitation of innovations. Austrian Standards, has partnered with several European projects under Horizon 2020 and looks forward to further strengthening the link between research, innovation and standardisation under Horizon Europe, the EU's future flagship research programme.