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1 The European umbrella organisation representing environmental interests in standardisation activities IMCO-hearing « European standardisation » , Ralf Lottes, ECOS Secretary General

2 25 Member organisations at European and national level (and counting) Founded 2001 to represent environmental NGOs (ENGOs) in standardisation Fulfills requirements of annex III of EC-proposal More details:

3 ECOS role & experience CEN associate member and CENELEC cooperating partner, ISO/IEC active liaison Active with technical experts in standards development (about 40 technical bodies) Contribution to policy debates within CEN & CLC and with the European Commission Ralf Lottes was a member of EXPRESS-panel Represents a part of civil society and the public interest in European standardisation Only environmental NGO worldwide so deeply involved in standardisation work!

4 Transparency and stakeholder participation (chapter II) - 1 Central article for ECOS: Art. 5 I, since it enshrines appropriate representation in the procedures for EU-driven standardisation activities. Whether appropriate, balanced or any other is secondary compared to the principle as such. Whatever the adjective, however, a definition is necessary. Otherwise no consequences.

5 Transparency and stakeholder participation (chapter II) - 2 Why need annex III organisations be appropriately represented? – Because the national delegation principle (currently) does not work for those stakeholder groups. ENGOs have been systematically represented in only 1 MS (DE). Henceforth also in the UK. Various reasons for that, but certainly far from appropriate Need for EU level corrective.

6 Appropriate representation - content Absence of obstacles to participation, e.g. fees for participation or commenting (EU and national) Effective membership (see ANEC-proposal) – from representation to influence: Equal weight & impartial appeals procedure For environmental interests: Tools to integrate environmental aspects into standardisation, since environment still not mainstream(ed). Existing CEN tools are best practice examples.

7 Stages of representation Art. 5 outlines the stages very well – except: The voting stages are missing! – to progress a standard from one stage to the other, incl. final vote (before publication). EC impact assessment does not spot any inconvenience, just questions feasibility (NSBs). Two limits for (annex III-) beneficiaries of votes: - Content: Actual participation in elaboration of standard - Time: As long as stakeholder group not systematically represented in tech. work at national level (2/3 of NSBs)

8 Miscellaneous ECOS applauds art. 12 (fin. for annex III –org.), as recommended by EXPRESS and EP before. Need for speed: ESOs have done a lot already, look at EC internal procedures for reserves! EC-Communication COM(2011)311 final: - Extension to other policy fields («societal challenges») shall remain a case-by-case decision for best regulatory tool. - « Mainstreaming environmental issues » (action points 8,9) most welcome, since crucial! -Scientific support by Joint Research Center welcome!

9 THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION! Ralf Lottes, Secretary General of ECOS Mundo-B, The Brussels Sustainable House Rue dEdimbourg 26, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium Switchboard: Direct line: Fax: Ralf.Lottes at ecostandard.org


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