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Belarus signs cooperation agreement with European standards organizations

Economy 20.09.2017 | 18:15

MINSK, 20 September (BelTA) – The Belarusian State Standardization Committee and the European standards organizations CEN and CENELEC signed a cooperation agreement at the 40th session of the General Assembly of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Berlin, BelTA learned from the Belarusian State Standardization Committee.

The document was signed by Chairman of the Belarusian State Standardization Committee Viktor Nazarenko and CEN and CENELEC Director General Elena Santiago Cid.

“In 2016, in order to achieve strategic goals in a more effective way and improve mutual understanding with partners, CEN and CENELEC revised their approaches to cooperation with national standardization bodies that acknowledge the crucial role of European safety in ensuring safety and quality of goods and eliminating technical barriers in trade,” the committee noted.

According to the new criterion, the Belarusian State Standardization Committee will acquire the Companion Standardization Body status. This will enable Belarusian specialists to take part in CEN's and CENELEC's assemblies and technical committees, will provide access to draft European standards, keep Belarus informed about new requirements, and help the country pursue a more deliberate policy of presence on the European commodity market.

The ISO General Assembly's 40th session is running from 20 to 22 September. The participants are discussing the role of standards in energy industry and environmental protection, innovations in standardization, regional cooperation, and the engagement of young specialists in standardization. The sides are expected to visit a number of companies and institutes related to car manufacturing, intelligent data, and medical technologies.

The ISO will also present its new policy on the distribution, sales, and reproduction of ISO's publication and copyright. There are plans to amend the organization's charter and procedure, hold elections to the ISO Council, and address other issues.

The Belarusian delegation intends to have bilateral meetings and negotiations to discuss cooperation in standardization.

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