The European Commission adopted a reform package to strengthen the system of standard-setting in Europe. Following its adoption by the Council in October 2012, the Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 of the European Parliament and the Council of 25 October 2012 on European standardisation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union in the series L 316.
Digital devices, applications and services should interact seamlessly anywhere, anytime. However, this is far from being the case in Europe. The fragmentation of the potential market for EU-produced technologies and services hampers growth in Europe's ICT sector.
Better Europe-wide standards would enhance interoperability and ensure that digital applications and devices work across borders. ICT standards issued by leading fora and consortia cannot currently be referenced in public procurement, EU policies and legislation. One simple example is the protocol that you are probably using to access this page on the web. These problems will be addressed in the reform of the EU standardization framework, which is essential to keep pace with fast-moving international technology market.