Held in Brussels on Thursday 13th of October, the conference will examine the degree to which European standards meet the needs of civil society, including in the support standards provide to the legislative framework. It will further look at possible solutions to make the European Standardisation System more inclusive in order to ensure standards truly serve the interests of society.
The event will be live streamed from 10:00 and you can join the conversation on Twitter: #Standards4All
“Making standards serve society”
Exploring how standards can better reflect
the needs of consumers, workers and the environment
09:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee
10:00 Opening speech: Józef Niemiec, ETUC Special Advisor
10:15 Panel 1: The challenges of using standards in regulation for society
Product safety, climate change, resource and energy efficiency, sustainable chemistry, workers’ protection… The increasing use of standards in European legislation and policies in areas of public interest makes the participation of societal stakeholders more crucial than ever to ensure that standards are robust and able to serve the interests of both industry and society. Sharing first-hand experiences, representatives of civil society and SMEs will shed light on the current challenges faced by underrepresented stakeholders in standardisation.
- Franz Fiala, Chair of the ANEC Sustainability Working Group and Chair of the Consumer Council of the Austrian Standards Institute
- Catriona McAlister, ECOS Expert, Sea Green Tree Consulting
- Bruno Melckmans, ETUC Expert, Board member of the Belgian Bureau for Standardisation (NBN), Advisor for Standardisation & Health and Safety at ABVV-FGTB
- Sebastiano Toffaletti, European Digital SME Alliance, SBS Sectoral Expert
11:15 Coffee Break
11:35 Panel 2: Paving the way for a more inclusive standardisation system
Building the capacity of civil society organisations, creating a specific identity for societal stakeholders in the standardisation system, raising their visibility, granting civil society specific rights enabling their effective participation, making participation free-of-charge… A number of solutions have already been proposed aiming to make the standardisation system more inclusive. The panellists will share their views on how the standardisation system can be improved, discussing which solutions can best allow a sustainable, effective representation and a proper influence of civil society in standardisation.
- Marlene Mizzi, MEP, Member of the IMCO Committee
- Annalisa Tessarolo, Legal Officer, DG Grow, European Commission
- Ruggero Lensi, Director of External Relations, UNI, Italian Organization for Standardisation, and CEN-CENELEC representative
- Alexander Eisenberg, BSH Home Appliances
- Stephen Russell, ANEC Secretary-General
12:35 Concluding remarks, Laura Degallaix, ECOS Director
12:45 Networking lunch