Standards for an EU Digital Single Market and industrial renaissance
Standards are essentials to the running of a healthy technology economy. Moreover, links exist between standards and public policy: policies affect standardisation while standards can express policy choices, as notably occurred with mobile telephony in Europe. This is why standards, and the way they are developed, continue to demand attention from policy makers.
An effective standards system benefits consumers and industry alike. For users, standards increase safety and choice. At an industrial level, open and inclusive standards allow players to develop complementary products and services, as well as help them secure more independence from larger companies or consortia. All this leads to a richer industrial ecosystem: this is why standardisation is also vital for ensuring a robust and sustainable drive in R&D investment.