The Commission is setting up ICT standardisation priorities for the Digital Single Market. The initiave aims at re-energising the standard-setting system in Europe as a step towards industrial global leadership and digital innovation.

The EU's role is to ensure that the Digital Single Market offers the right standardisation infrastructure for innovations to scale up, but also to ensure that the European approach is represented in global standardisation discussions.

ICT Standards ensure that the connected devices of the future work seamlessly together, but the current standard setting system lacks agility and focus. Thefore the European Commission is launching an communication on standards, which nurtures the Digitising European Industry strategy.

The Commission's initiative on standards is proposing two lines of action:

  • to focus resources by concentrating standard setting in a set of core technologies will be the building blocks of tomorrows' technologies - 5G, IoT, Cloud, Cybersecurity and Data Technologies. These are increasingly part of the traditional industry strengths in Europe – e.g. connected cars, eHealth, smart energy:
  • to propose a series of measures to ensure R&D results are better linked to new standards, as well as for improved collaboration between standard-setting organisations in Europe and internationally.

The results of today's plan will ensure that European standards are in place quickly enough to allow future devices to connect smoothly across the Digital Single Market.


The Commission's will firstly better connect ongoing and planned R&D in the priority domains to more traditional standardisation processes, and to highlight areas where already programmed spending can benefit the streamlining of standard setting.

The EU plans to support participation of European experts in international standardisation decisions, to help ensure European ideas contribute to global solutions.