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This year, the EU celebrates the 30th anniversary of its single market in which goods, services, people and capital can move freely. Standardisation plays a central role in the smooth functioning of this European market, which was created on 1 January 1993.
Therefore, on 23 January, Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC, was invited to speak at the European Parliament during the hearing on Standardization in the Single Market held by the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). She took part in the panel entitled: “The European Standardization system. Strengths, challenges and preparing the system for the future”.
Indeed, European standards help to ensure the free movement of goods, make EU businesses more competitive, protect the health and safety of consumers and workers, and preserve the environment. Most recently, on 2 February 2022, the Commission published its standardisation strategy which foresees a resilient, green and digital single market. Finally, on 14 December 2022, the new Regulation (EU) 2022/2480 was adopted and entered into force in early January. Among other things, it defines the procedures for the development of harmonised standards and strengthens the obligations of the European standardisation organisations.
Debates, exhibitions and campaigns will be organised throughout 2023, together with stakeholders across the EU, to promote the successes of the single market and engage in discussions with citizens about its future.