The European Parliament Internal Market Committee (IMCO) submitted on Thursday 21 October its final report on the future of the European Standardization to the voting of the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg.
The report was adopted almost unanimously
Brussels, 25 October - As a reminder, the IMCO report on the future of the European Standardization System (ESS) was designed to analyse European Commission ideas to review the basis on which the European Standards Organizations work. After a public hearing in June dedicated to the topic, a first draft and the approval of the report by IMCO’s members on 7 October, the final step in the process was concluded with the report approval by the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg.
The press conference outlining the work and results of the report
Prior to the voting, a press conference was held on 20 October to present the results of this ‘report on the future of European Standardization‘ undertaken by IMCO.
MEP Mr Malcolm Harbour, Chair of the Committee on Internal Market (IMCO), stated that he was confident on the vote as the topic of European standardization’s future received a lot of support across the European Parliament.
The report – An outcome of a good compromise
Three other MEPs were present during the press conference: Mr Edvard Kožušnik (IMCO’s rapporteur on the future of European Standardization), the shadow rapporteurs Mr Mitro Repo and Ms Lara Comi. They explained how satisfied they are with the result of the report, which tackles an essential topic for the European internal market, that is in their view too often neglected. They highlighted that at first a lot of divergences existed on this topic, but finally the outcome of the report is a very good compromise.
"The ball is now on the side of the European Commission"
Mr Kožušnik ended in underlining that now the ball is on the side of the European Commission, but that the European Parliament will closely follow the subsequent developments at the European Commission level.
Mr Malcom Harbour concluded that working on the future of the European standardization has made him aware of how deeply "this issue reaches down into the local communities. It is a real example about how important the internal market is for consumers and citizens."
The press conference can be viewed on the European Parliament's web site.
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