European Parliament approves Report on European Standards

Last month the European Parliament approved a Report on ‘European standards’ during its Parliament Plenary session as a Resolution: "EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION on European standards – implementation of Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 (2016/2274(INI))".

The report, presented by Member of the European Parliament Marlene Mizzi, was first adopted by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee as a response to the ‘European Commission Standardisation package’ of 1st June 2016. 

The Parliament Resolution contains 85 recommendations including:

  • Strengths and core values of the existing system. Standards are recognised as a valuable voluntary, market-driven tool, which should not be seen as EU law;
  • Contribution of European Standards in preventing market fragmentation and of standardisation in reducing administrative burdens and transport costs for all businesses and for SMEs in particular;
  • Importance of timely delivery of standards, as well as references being cited in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) in cases of harmonised standards;
  • The national delegation principle is fundamental for the European system.

The report acknowledges that the speed of delivery of standards has improved, and recalls the importance of striking the right balance between the need to ensure timely development and the need for standards to be of high quality. Furthermore, it supports European standardisation in the field of services and the link of European standardisation with research and innovation. 

Download the full text of the European Parliament Resolution on European European Standards 

 

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