The post-war period was characterised by a development of the national standards bodies resulting in different standards in various European countries. These technical (non tariff) barriers to trade obviously hampered the completion of the Single Market. Therefore the EU decision makers resorted to a uniform European standardisation system2. There are two major objectives: to contribute to the internal market and to strengthen the competitiveness of the European economy world-wide.
This project was mainly aimed at making an inventory of support measures in 32 countries and selecting good practices from among these support measures. This was not a study aimed at arriving at analytical findings; still a number of recommendations can be made, based on the work done.
The final selection of good practices as published in this report amount to 23 cases. This final selection is not only based on better information on the merits of the measures (e.g. additional information was collected from the target groups), care was also taken to arrive at a reasonable varied package: by country, type of stakeholder involved and type of support instrument.