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This reference source lists, by chronological order, "European Standardisation Policy" documents published in the Official Journal of the European Union (cooperation guidelines, Commission reports, Commission staff working papers, Council conclusions, Council resolutions and resolutions of the European Parliament).

The titles are given in English, but most of these documents have been published in all official EU languages. We have added a link to the electronic format edition of the Official Journal.

Date

Type of document

Title and description of document

 31 July 2013

Commission Communication

Communication COM(2013) 561 final of 31 July 2013 on the annual Union work programme for European standardisation pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

Pursuant Article 8 of Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 on European standardisation, the Commission adopted on 31 July 2013 a Communication to the Council, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee on the annual Union work programme for European standardisation.

25 October 2012

 Regulation

Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on European standardisation.

Following its adoption by the Council on 4 October 2012, the Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union in the series L 316. 

1 June 2011

Proposal for a regulation

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European standardisation
COM(2011)315 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

For more information see the page on European standardisation policy

1 June 2011

 Commission communication

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee 'A strategic vision for European standards: Moving forward to enhance and accelerate the sustainable growth of the European economy by 2020'
COM(2011)311 final pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)  

The communication was adopted by the Commission on 2011-06-01

25 September 2008

Council conclusions

The Council conclusions on standardisation and innovation were adopted on 25 September 2008 at the Council meeting.

View adopted Council Conclusions on standardisation and innovation of 25.09.2008

11 March 2008

Commission communication

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee on 'Towards an increased contribution from standardisation to innovation in Europe'
COM(2008) 133 final pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) [214 KB]

The Communication was adopted by the Commission on 2008-03-11
For more information see the page on Expert Panel (EXPRESS)

21 March 2007

Commission report

Report from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee - The Operation of Directive 98/34/EC from 2002 to 2005 {SEC(2007) 350}
COM(2007) 125 final pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) [156 KB]

Commission Staff Working Document - Accompanying document to the Report from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee - The operation of directive 98/34/EC from 2002 to 2005 {COM(2007) 125 final}
SEC(2007) 350 български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

The proposal was adopted by the Commission on 2007-03-21.

24 October 2006

Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council

Decision No 1673/2006/EC pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) [62 KB] of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2006 on the financing of European standardisation

Decision No 1673/2006/EC is published in the Official Journal of the European Union OJ L 315, 2006-11-15, p. 9.

Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financing of European standardisation
COM (2005) 377 final pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) [163 KB]

The proposal is accompanied by a Commission Staff Working Document: 'Annex to the Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financing of European standardisation - Ex-ante evaluation' - SEC (2005) 1050 final български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) .
The proposal was adopted by the Commission on 2005-08-19.

21-22 December 2004

Council conclusions

The Council conclusions on European standardisation have been adopted at the Council meeting of 21-22 December 2004.

View Council Conclusions on European standardisation

18 October 2004

Commission Communication

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on "The role of European standardisation in the framework of European policies and legislation"
COM (2004) 674 final pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) [154 KB]

The Communication is supported by a Commission Staff Working Document The challenges for European standardisation pdf - 80 KB [80 KB]


The Communication was adopted by the Commission on 2004-10-18.

For more information see the page on the role of European Standardisation

4 October 2004

Council conclusions

Council conclusions on the 'Integration of environmental aspects into European standardisation' have been adopted at the Council meeting of 4 October 2004.
View page 24 of Council press release 12400/04 [243 KB]

25 February 2004

Commission Communication

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee on the "Integration of Environmental Aspects into European Standardisation"
COM(2004) 130 final pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) [176 KB]

The Communication was adopted by the Commission on 2004-02-25.
For more information see the page on the integration of environmental aspects in standardisation

23 May 2003

Commission report

Report from the Commission of 2003-05-23 to the Council, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee on "The operation of Directive 98/34/EC from 1999 to 2001"
COM (2003) 200 final pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) [404 KB]
The present report presents the results of the application of Directive 98/34/EC laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical regulations and standards and of rules on information society services. It provides an assessment of the role of Directive 98/34/EC during the period 1999 to 2001.

28 March 2003

Guidelines for cooperation

General guidelines for the cooperation between CEN, CENELEC and ETSI and the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) [75 KB] - 28 March 2003

The guidelines are published in the OJ C 91 of 2003-04-16

The co-operation guidelines constitute a common understanding of the conditions under which the Commission, EFTA and the three recognised European Standards Organisations will further develop and promote European standardisation.

New Standards Guidelines for Europe pdf - 30 KB [30 KB] (News release of EC, EFTA, CEN, CENELEC and EFTA)
Commission welcomes pan-European co-operation guidelines for standardisation work (Commission Press release IP/03/456)

1 March 2002

Council conclusions

Council conclusions of 1 March 2002 on standardisation pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) [29 KB]

The conclusions are published in the OJ C 66 of 2002-03-15

26 September 2001

Commission report

Report of the Commission of 2001-09-26 to the Council and the European Parliament on "Actions taken following the Resolutions on European Standardisation adopted by the Council and the European Parliament in 1999"
COM (2001) 527 final pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) [219 KB]
This report from the Commission aims to set out the most relevant developments since 1999, as requested by the Council and the Parliament. It basically takes a horizontal view on European standardisation matters.

26 July 2001

Commission Staff Working Paper

Commission Staff Working Paper SEC(2001) 1296 pdf - 49 KB [49 KB] dansk (da) Deutsch (de) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) Nederlands (nl) português (pt) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) of 2001-07-26
"European Policy Principles on International Standardisation"

Internationally traded goods require international standards, whenever possible. However, these norms must respect certain principles, especially if they are used by regulatory authorities.

28 October 1999

Council Resolution

Council Resolution of 1999-10-28 on "The Role of Standardisation in Europe pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) "
The Resolution is published in the OJ C 141 of 2000-05-19

12 February 1999

Resolution of the European Parliament

Resolution of the European Parliament on the report from the Commission COM(98) 291 on "Efficiency and accountability of European Standardization under the New Approach"

The Resolution is published in OJ C150 of 1999-05-28 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

13 May 1998

Commission Report

Report of the Commission of 1998-05-13 to the Council and the European Parliament on "Efficiency and accountability of European Standardization under the New Approach"
COM (98) 291 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)
This Report describes the relationship between the New Approach and standardisation, and emphasises the need for accountability in standardisation. It then indicates how efficiency can be assessed, and formulates a number of proposals for improving efficiency.

27 October 1992

Commission communication

Communication from the Commission 'Intellectual property rights and standardisation' - COM (92) 445 final tiff - 3 MB [3 MB]

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