Norms and standards are used all over the world to ensure compatibility between products and systems from different suppliers. Especially in the case of new and emerging technologies, the European standardization system often fails to deliver results on time and important competitive advantages are lost. Furthermore, standardization has become a geopolitical subject. The recently published European Standardization Strategy aims to address these issues.
The European Standardization Strategy provides mostly appropriate measures. Nevertheless, some major points require improvement and concretization. Standardization should be used consciously as an economic policy and regulatory instrument to secure the innovation and competitiveness of the digital economy.