Media release

European Standardization Summit to discuss role of standards in construction sector

Photo: EU2015.LV
27 May 2015

On 4 June, the 4th European Standardization Summit will take place at the National Library of Latvia in Riga as part of the official programme of the Latvian Presidency and the European Construction Week in Riga. The main topic of the Summit is how standardization can contribute to a cleaner and smarter economy in Europe focusing primarily on the construction sector and such issues as sustainable architecture and construction, energy efficiency of buildings, smart cities, and building design and management.

Head of Latvian Standard Mr Ingars Pilmanis emphasises: “The construction sector is one of the most important sectors of the economy not only in Latvia, but in the whole EU. It contributes to over 10% of EU GDP and provides 20 million jobs, mainly in small and medium-sized enterprises. To know the trends of international market and to apply internationally recognised standards are the preconditions for entrepreneurial development and competitiveness."

The Latvian Minister for Economic Affairs, Ms Dana Reizniece-Ozola, the Chair of Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection at the European Parliament, Ms Vicky Ford, and the Chair of the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Joint Presidents’ Group (JPG), Mr Tore Trondvold will attend the opening of the event.

The Summit will bring together high-level representatives from the European Parliament, the European Commission, international and European standardization organisations (ISO, IEC, CEN, CENELEC, ETSI), standardisation specialists and entrepreneurs from the EU and other countries.

For entrepreneurs, the participation in such a high-level event will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of standards and the importance of standardization in order to improve competitiveness; to be actively involved in the standards development process, thus ensuring that the interests are represented in the EU technical documents; and to find new partners for the promotion of international cooperation.

The Summit is organised by the Latvian Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Latvian Standard. Partners of the Summit are SIA Cemex and AS Valmieras stikla šķiedra.

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