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Representation of environmental interests, consumer interests and social interests in European standardisation

Representation of environmental interests, consumer interests and social interests in European standardisation
Published on: 30/07/2014 Last update: 16/09/2014
Deadline: 30/09/2014
The Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on European standardisation, adopted on 25 October 2012 (the Regulation) emphasises the importance of the participation of all relevant interested parties including SMEs and societal and social stakeholders in the European standardisation process.

Update of 16.09.2014: The Questions and Answers document has been added

N.B. Deadline for submissions extended until 30.09.2014!

Considering the delay in putting in place the Submission and Evaluation of Proposals program (SEP) - and consequently the delay in accessing proposal templates – the deadline for submission of proposals as stated in point 9 of the Call for Proposals is extended until 30 September 2014 - 17.00.

Standards are important tools for the competitiveness of undertakings and especially SMEs, whose participation in the standardisation process is important for technological progress in the Union. Furthermore, standards can have a broad impact on society, in particular on the safety and well-being of citizens, the efficiency of networks, the environment, workers’ safety and working conditions, accessibility and other public policy fields.

However, standards are written by technical experts in their field who represent the background and interest of the companies which these experts work for. It is therefore important for the EU to facilitate and support the participation of experts representing background and interests of SMEs and societal and social stakeholders in the standardisation process, especially in the European context where European standards play a very important role in supporting EU legislations and EU policies.

This Call for Proposals aims at concluding 3 Framework Partnership Agreements (FPA) with European Organisations representing environmental (138), consumers (143) and social (144) interests in European standardisation activities.

Please consult the "Call for proposals information document" for further details.

Proposals must be submitted electronically, using the Commission's Submission and Evaluation of Proposals programme (SEP). Proposals arriving at the Commission by any other means are regarded as not submitted, and will not be evaluated.

All the relevant documents for participating together with necessary instructions for proceeding with the electronic submission of proposals can be found at the following links:

Call 138 relating to representation of environmental interests in standardisation:

Call 143 relating to representation of consumer interests in standardisation:

Call 144 relating to representation of social interests in standardisation:


If you have questions about this Call for Proposals, please contact the dedicated mail boxes as follows: (for environment interests) (for social interests) (for consumer interests)

The deadline for submitting applications is 30 September 2014 - 17.00.