In 2020, CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) celebrate their 60th anniversary. An agreement of principle concluded on 10 June 1960 in Zurich established “two parallel European standards organisations” which would cooperate with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to reach agreements on common standards. CENELEC was then known as CENELCOM.
On the occasion of this anniversary, CEN and CENELEC launched several activities, including the “Faces of Standardization” project. It consists of a series of regular, monthly interviews to individuals who have been involved in different capacities in European standardization. The objective is to showcase the human aspect of standardization, i.e. give an overview of European standardization’s successes through the people who made it possible.