BRUSSELS Reuters - The European Commission outlined plans on Wednesday to modernize and speed up the way in which it agrees technical standards for services, to ensure that Europe is at the center of setting global norms.
In April, the Commission already proposed measures to accelerate the standard-setting process for IT with five priority areas of focus - 5G, cloud computing, the internet of things, data technologies and cyber security.
Its latest plans recommend a focus on services, which account for 70 percent of the EU economy but represent only about 2 percent of all European standards.
The Commission said such common standards clarifying expectations between services providers and customers could reduce costs for companies, particularly smaller enterprises, and ease their access to other markets.
The Commission said it had received complaints from businesses about barriers involving national service standards and certification schemes that made it harder to offer services across Europe.
The European Union already has some 20,000 European voluntary and market-driven standards and 3,000 harmonized standards developed by the European standardization organizations covering products from paper size to mobile phone technologies.