Standardization for a competitive and innovative Europe: a vision for 2020
The fundamental flaw of the report is that it links standardization to the “competitiveness” agenda:
The objective of the ESS is the implementation of standardization throughout Europe to facilitate the exchange of goods, information and services through the elimination of barriers to trade caused by provisions of a technical nature, and thereby to ensure a large unified European market promoting competitiveness and fostering innovation. At the international level, the ESS facilitates world trade and positions Europe in the global market by taking an active part in international standardization.
Strategic Goal 1: To strengthen the influence of European standardization internationally in order to open and serve markets and to increase European competitiveness and support trade policy.
Strategic Goal 2: To respond effectively and efficiently to the global challenges of the next decade and to maximise the added value of international standardization in tackling these challenges through the promotion of innovation and the dissemination of good business practice.
Strategic Goal 3: To improve mutual awareness and collaboration between standardization and the research communities and innovators.
Strategic goal 4: To promote the inclusion of standardization practices and benefits in higher education and encourage the development of studies and surveys to assess, quantify and communicate the economic and social benefits of standards.
Strategic Goal 5: To have a standardisation system that is effective and conducive to innovation by maintaining appropriate IPR policies.
Strategic Goal 6: To promote and use standards in order to further support internal and external markets, especially for the quality and safety of services provided by the market, including business-to-business, business-toconsumer and networked services and in support of the growth and competitiveness of the services sector.
Strategic Goal 7: To develop standardization foresight in order to deliver a more effective and coordinated response in supporting global policies to address the issues of climate change and other future global energy,
environmental and societal challenges.
Strategic Goal 8: To deliver an efficient and effective European standardization system that continually develops in line with the needs of the market and public interest.
Strategic goal 9: To implement improved mechanisms for cooperation within the ESS and in particular between ESOs and fora/ consortia
Strategic Goal 10: To ensure the easy access of all interested stakeholders to national, European and international standardization work and their effective participation.
Strategic Goal 11: To modernize the public funding system in support of the
ESS in order to optimize the use of public funds within the ESS and to increase the flexibility for directing and redirecting public funds.
Strategic Goal 12: To create a flexible and dynamic EU legislative standardization framework to optimise the added value of standardization for competitiveness, innovation and growth.