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ETSI Hosts Annual Meeting of ANSI and the European Standards Organizations


Washington, DC, Feb 09, 2004

Hosting the 18th in the series of meetings that began in July 1989, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) welcomed some 60 delegates representing the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the European Organization for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), and representatives of the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association to ETSI Headquarters in Sophia Antipolis, France on January 22 and 23, 2004.

"These annual meetings between ANSI and the European Standards Organizations provide an important venue for the discussion of key issues in standardization, and serve to promote access to global markets and eliminate barriers to trade," said Dr. George W. Arnold, chairman of the ANSI Board of Directors.

“A broad result of this meeting was that it helped to achieve a better understanding between the U.S. and Europe on the development and definition of globally relevant standards,” added Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI president and CEO.

The meeting was co-chaired this year by Dr. Ulrich Spindler, president of CENELEC, on behalf of CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, and Ms. Mary Saunders, chair of the ANSI Regional Standing Committee on Europe, the Middle East and Africa (RSC-E/ME/A). Principal items discussed were:

  • The role of standards in achieving a global market
  • Standardization in support of the protection and security of citizens
  • EU/US political initiatives impacting on standardization
  • Standards and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
  • The reinvigoration of the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue (TABD)

In addition, it was agreed that ANSI and the European Standards Organizations (ESOs) would continue their review of a paper submitted by an informal ANSI-CEN working group formed to address standards-related myths and perceptions from both sides of the Atlantic. “Our goal is to continue this discussion in the months ahead and to reach a common agreement on the path forward,” noted Hurwitz.

It was also agreed to establish a regular means of communications between ANSI and the ESOs regarding their respective initiatives in the area of security standards.

The ANSI delegation included representatives of the Institute’s staff and members of the ANSI RSC-EMEA, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Information Technology Industry Council, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Deere and Co., and Lucent Technologies, among others.

On the European side, the meeting included representatives of CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI and their members, European Consumer Associations, Orgalime, IFAN Europe, and Siemens. The European Commission and the EFTA Secretariat were also present.

The next ESOs-ANSI meeting will take place in February 2005 in the United States.

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