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Closer cooperation between standards organisations of Europe and Canada

The European Committee for Standardization (CENCEN
European Committee for Standardization
) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELECCENELEC
European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization
) have signed a cooperation agreement with the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).  This agreement provides a basis for closer collaboration on various aspects of standardization, which will facilitate trade in goods and services between Europe and Canada.


The CEN-CENELEC-SCC Cooperation Agreement has been signed by the Presidents of the three organisations and was formally concluded at a ceremony in Brussels this morning (17 February) in the presence of: Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CENCEN
European Committee for Standardization
and CENELECCENELEC
European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization
; John Walter, CEO of the SCC; David Plunkett, Canadian Ambassador to the European Union; representatives of the European Commission and other interested stakeholders.

Under the agreement, CENCEN
European Committee for Standardization
, CENELECCENELEC
European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization
and SCC commit themselves to working together through targeted dialogues on issues of joint interest and cooperating in the framework of the International Standards Bodies: ISOISO
International Organization for Standardization
(International Organization for Standardization) and IECIEC
International Electrotechnical Commission
(International Electrotechnical Commission). By promoting the harmonisation of standards at international level, they also seek to facilitate Trans-Atlantic trade, notably in the framework of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) that is currently being negotiated between Canada and the European Union (EU).

The SCC will cooperate with CENCEN
European Committee for Standardization
and CENELECCENELEC
European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization
on standardization activities in relation to a wide range of sectors including: aerospace, chemicals, construction, consumer products, energy and environmental technologies, medical devices and nanotechnologies. Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CENCEN
European Committee for Standardization
and CENELECCENELEC
European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization
, underlined the importance of the cooperation agreement for European businesses:

“Canada is an important export market for European companies, whether they are selling goods – such as machinery, transport equipment and chemicals – or various kinds of services. By strengthening our cooperation with the SCC we can make progress on reducing technical barriers to trade, thereby creating more opportunities for big and small businesses to grow.”

John Walter, CEO of SCC, highlighted the benefits of the agreement: “Formalising the relationship with CEN and CENELEC will enable SCC to pursue enhanced cooperation on topics pertaining to standards and their application. Greater harmonisation of standardization activities in sectors of strategic importance expands the potential for economic growth and increased trade between Canada and Europe.”

From left to right: John Walter, CEO of the Standards Council of Canada; David Plunkett, Canadian Ambassador to the European Union; Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CENCEN
European Committee for Standardization
and CENELECCENELEC
European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization
; Daniel Bunch, Deputy Head of Standardization Unit, European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry).



Source: CEN-CENELECCEN-CENELEC
European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization
press releases, 17 Feburary 2012