18 European associations have sent an open letter to Pedro Siza Vieira, Minister for Economy and Digital Transition of Portugal, which is ensuring the EU Presidency semester, calling to urgently fix problems of EU harmonised standardisation.

One of the issues raised is the “European Commission’s over-prescriptive approach to EU harmonised standards” and their treatment of standards as an “extension of EU law” rather than a market-driven implementation tool.

The associations highlight that: using standards as a quasi-legislative tool contradicts the very essence of standardisation as a bottom-up process driven by a consensus of all interested parties through the European standardisation organisations.

To read the letter sent by the 18 European associations, click on the link below