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Profile of registrant

European Environmental Citizens' Organisation for Standardisation

Identification number in the register: 96668093651-33
Registration date: 21/05/10 15:06:30

The information on this organisation was last modified on 29/04/14 10:24:51
The date of the last annual update was 28/04/14 17:22:34

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: European Environmental Citizens' Organisation for Standardisation
Acronym: ECOS
Legal status: asbl - association sans but lucratif (Belgium)
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Pieter de Pous
Position: President

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mrs  Laura Degallaix
Position: Secretary General

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 26 Rue d’Edimbourg Mundo-B
Brussels 1050
Telephone number: (+32) 28944668
Fax number: (+32) 28944610
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: ECOS was established in 2001 to enhance the voice of the environment within the European and international standardisation system.

ECOS' mission is to ensure that European and international standards contribute to a better environmental performance of the economy in the European Union.

ECOS' goal is to defend and promote the environmental interests in the development of standards at European and international level, especially those produced in support of European environmental laws and policies.

More specifically, ECOS' objectives include:
- To represent European and national environmental organisations at technical and decision-making level within the international and European standardisation process;
- To cooperate with the EU Commission and other stakeholders in the relevant standardisation bodies;
- To coordinate the environmental associations’ contribution to the enhancement of environmental aspects in the standardisation process at international, European and national levels;
- To promote and assess the integration of environmental aspects into standards with the purpose of reducing negative environmental impacts;
- To assess the quality of standardisation processes and discuss with European Union decision-makers on the basis of these assessments;
- To protect the interests of the environment in the work of the standardisation bodies;
- To contribute to the improvement of consumer choice by providing a wider array of environmentally sound products;
- To disseminate information about relevant standardisation processes among environmental organisations;
- To promote the active involvement of environmental organisations in standardisation matters at national level and between national, European and international levels;
- To promote the EU legal provisions that support the integration of environmental interests in a structural manner in the European Union standardisation process and policies.

ECOS is a Partner Organisation of CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, and CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization. ECOS is also a “liaison organisation” to several technical bodies of the international counterparts of CEN and CENELEC, respectively ISO and IEC. ECOS participates to political and strategic developments within the standardisation organisations and contributes, mainly through nominated independent experts, to standardisation work on ECOS’ priorities. ECOS’ priority areas include climate change, resource and energy efficiency, waste, and health and enviromnent. Furthermore, ECOS works to promote balanced representation and effectve participation of societal stakeholders in the standardisation process.

ECOS is the only environmental organisation specialised in standardisation in the world.

ECOS also represents the environmental interests in the implementation of European product ecolgocial policies, including the EU Ecodesign of Energy-related Products directive and the Energy Labelling directive. More specifically, ECOS brings the environmental expertise in the development of product-specific legal requriements for consumer and industrial products sold on the EU market with a view to enhance their ecological performance during their entire life-cycle. ECOS provides comments on the product-specific technical studies commissioned by the European Commissionm, participates in the Ecodesign Consultation Forum and contributes to the implementation process from the technical stage to the decision-making in “comitology” providing expertise and position papers to the Commission, Member States and the European Parliament.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 8
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

1. Standardisation

ECOS works with the European institutions on the EU standardisation policy framework, the integration of environmental aspects in standardisation, including through EC standardisation mandates, and the representation of societal stakeholders in standardisation.

2. Ecodesign
In the area of Ecodesign, ECOS works closely with the Commission DGs running the Ecodesign-product studies as well as with the European Council and European Parliament once the implementing measures proposed by the Commission get to the stage of consultation forum and final decision.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Climate Action
  • Energy
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • Internal Market
  • Public Health
  • Research and Technology
  • Trade
  • Transport


Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 34
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • European Environmental Bureau (0 members)
  • Friends of the Earth Europe (0 members)
  • Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL) (0 members)
  • Healthcare Without Harm Europe (0 members)
  • Transport and Environment (T&E) (0 members)
  • WWF European Policy Office (0 members)
  • Clean Air Action Group (0 members)
  • Bellona (0 members)
  • Bond Beter Leefmilieu Vlaanderen (0 members)
  • Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) (0 members)
  • Bundesverband Bürgerinitiativen Umweltschutz (BBU) (0 members)
  • Danmarks Naturfreningsforening (135,000 members)
  • Deutscher Naturschutzring (0 members)
  • France Nature Environnement (0 members)
  • Friends of the Earth Latvia (0 members)
  • Institute for Ecological Modernisation (0 members)
  • Inter-Environnement Wallonie (0 members)
  • Leefmilieu (130 members)
  • Stichting Natuur en Milieu (6,800 members)
  • Svenska Naturskyddsföreningen (0 members)
  • Terra Cypria (0 members)
  • Women in Europe for a Common Future France (100 members)
  • Quercus (0 members)
  • Waste Watch-Keep Britain Tidy (0 members)
  • Umweltdachverband (0 members)
  • Rreuse (0 members)
  • DOOR, the Society for Sustainable Development Design (0 members)
  • CNIID,Centre National d’Information Indépendante sur les Déchets (0 members)
  • Oekozenter Lëtzebuerg, the Luxembourg Ecological Center (0 members)
  • WWF Switzerland (0 members)
  • Zeleny Kruh (Green Circle) (0 members)
  • Nature Friends Germany (0 members)
  • Legambiente (0 members)
  • Polish Foundation for Energy Efficiency (FEWE) (0 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

1. ECOS is a Partner Organisation of CEN, the European Committee for Standardization (EC Register Identification Number: 14168793342-48) and CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (EC Register Identification Number. 58258552517-56).

It is ECOS’ core mission to represent the environmental NGOs (ENGOs) within the European Standardisation Bodies. “Representation” in that sense has two aspects:
- Representing ENGOs in the technical bodies of CEN and CENELEC and contributing technical environmental expertise and positions in the standards development process,
- Representing ENGOs in the governance structure of CEN and CENELEC.

2. ECOS is a “liaison organisation” to several technical committees and sub-committees of ISO, the International Organization for Standardization and IEC, the International Electrotechnical Commission.

3. ECOS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ANEC, the European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (EC Register Identification Number: 507800799-30).

4. ECOS is an umbrella organisation founded to represent ENGOs in technical processes such as standardisation. Therefore some of its member organisations are networks themselves, such as WWF-EPO, T&E, EEB, FoEE etc, all registered in the EC Transparency Register.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 465,456
of which public financing: 273,876
- from European sources:
- Procurement: 93,712
- Grants: 167,045
- from national sources: 2,025
- from local/regional sources: 0
EFTA : 11,094
from other sources: 191,580
- donations:
- contributions from members: 7,700
Foundations : 179,034
Miscellaneous : 4,846
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 350000  € - 400000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

ECOS is committed to transparency about EU interest representation. ECOS believes that this register fails basic transparency standards and that it does not provide EU lobbying transparency. When registering, we have therefore chosen to give all relevant information that we consider necessary for lobbying transparency. A credible EU lobbying transparency register should include names of individual lobbyists and the issues that they try to influence, to provide precise and comparable financial information on lobbying, and have effective sanctions to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information disclosed. In an effort to arrive at a more objective way of calculating lobbying expenditures, we follow guidelines developed by the Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU that reflect the advice of professionals working on lobby transparency as well as relevant aspects of US lobby disclosure legislation. Our registration is therefore providing a more comprehensive calculation of our lobbying expenses, and a complete list of anyone who, in the name or on behalf of ECOS carries out activities with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.

The organisation has also declared to be bound to the following other Code: