Call for tenders to promote SMEs' participation in standardisation process

February 21, 2002

Brussels, 20 February 2002

The European Commission's Enterprise DG has announced a call for tenders for the promotion of participation by SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises), crafts enterprises and their interests' in the European standardisation process.

The initiative involves providing a stable and regular service over time with a view to promoting information, the participation of SMEs and crafts enterprises and their interests within the European standardisation process.

The successful contractor will establish close contacts with European SMEs and crafts enterprises as well as their representative organisations at national and European levels, as well as with the three main European standards organisations (CEN, CENELEC, ETSI). The contractor will actively participate in the programme planning (definition of agendas, position papers, etc) of the meetings of the technical committees of these organisations and participate as associated members to such meetings.

The successful contractor will support the interests of SMEs and crafts enterprises during the elaboration of European standards by looking for and forwarding solutions which suit these enterprises. In many cases, this implies also working at national (NSO) or international (ISO) level, if SMEs and crafts interests are to be taken into account at an early stage of the standardisation process.

The service foresees the systematic ex-ante and ex-post information of SMEs and their representative organisations at national and European level on the standardisation process, as well as the systematic evaluation of the results achieved.

For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General Enterprise
rue de la Science , 4/38
B-1049 Brussels

Fax +32-2-295 4590
Tel: +32-2-295 5155

Remarks: The deadline for requesting tender documents is .03.2002. The deadline for submitting tender documents is 03.04.2002.

Before contacting the Commission, tenderers are strongly advised to consult the original call text in the Official Journal of the European Communities at the reference below.

Document Reference: OJ No S 36-0434 of 20.02.2002, p.53

CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities, 2001

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