Financing of European standardisation
European standardisation allows industrial products to circulate freely in the European Community (EC) and enables a high level of protection for consumers and workers. The present decision implements a legal framework to provide a more explicit, more complete and more detailed basis for the financing of European standardisation. This new framework will make it possible to improve the quality, the promotion and the visibility of European standardisation activities.
Decision No 1673/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2006 on the financing of European standardisation [Official Journal L 315 of 15.11.2006].
European standardisation is a voluntary activity performed by and on behalf of parties interested in establishing standards at European level.
The financing of European standardisation focuses on the annual performance contracts between the Community and the three European standards organisations: the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (Cenelec) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
The objective of the present decision is to provide a more explicit, more complete and more detailed framework to the financing of European standardisation. This will enable the European Community to finance all the standardisation activities required to implement its policies and Community legislation.
Financial support for European standardisation is currently based on several acts, but these do not contain provisions that are sufficiently explicit or precise on financing conditions for European standardisation. They are:
- Directive 98/34/EC that lays down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations;
- Council Decision 87/95/EEC on standardisation in the field of information technology and telecommunications;
- a set of regulations on technical harmonisation, including the " New Approach " Directives
Under the decision, Community financing can be granted to:
- the three European standards organisations recognised by Directive 98/34/EC;
- the bodies mentioned in a basic act;
- other bodies for the implementation of the preliminary and ancillary work in connection with European standardisation.
The appropriations allocated shall be authorised each year by the budgetary authority within the limits of the financial perspectives.
Areas of financing
The present decision lays down that the EC may finance European standardisation activities in the fields of:
- the production and revision of European standards;
- preliminary or ancillary work in connection with European standardisation;
- the verification of the quality and conformity of standards, and their translation;
- the promotion and enhancement of the European standardisation system.
The appropriations authorised may also cover the administrative expenses relating to actions involving preparation, monitoring, inspection, auditing and evaluation.
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For further information, please consult:
The European Commission Enterprise Directorate-General website on standardisation.