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All of the products and services we buy and use in our everyday lives have to meet certain standards of safety and quality. In Europe, these standards are developed and agreed by the three officially recognized European Standardization Organisations: the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).


Together, CEN and CENELEC provide a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical specifications across a wide range of sectors. We work closely with the European Commission to ensure that standards correspond with any relevant EU legislation.


CEN and CENELEC also cooperate with respectively the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to reach agreements on common standards that can be applied throughout the whole world, thereby facilitating international trade.



Bridge the Gap between Research, Innovation and Standardization Community


The BRIDGIT2 project, co-financed by the EC and EFTA, starting December 2017 and finishing end 2019, seeks to strengthen the bonds between standardization and the European research and innovation communities (R&I). It is a consortium of ten European National Standardization Bodies: (AFNOR: France, ASI: Austria, ASRO: Romania, BDS: Bulgaria, DIN: Germany, DS: Denmark, NEN: Netherlands, NSAI: Ireland, UNE: Spain and UNI: Italy) and the European Standardization Organizations (CEN and CENELEC). 


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CEWASTE is a two-year project funded by European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. It will develop a voluntary certification scheme for waste treatment. Specifically, the project will create, validate and launch the scheme for collection, transport and treatment facilities of key types of waste containing significant amounts of valuable and critical raw materials such as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and batteries.

So far, the project has identified 14 types of key CRM containing equipment (KCEs) from WEEE, batteries contained in WEEE, and ELVs that it will focus on. In addition, it has screened over 60 normative requirements such as legislation, standards and their certification schemes applicable to these KCEs that could be referenced and used for the CRM recycling certification scheme. By taking stock of the existing standards, the project has identified a set of new normative requirements for the environmental, social, technology and governance performance of collection, transport and treatment facilities with a focus on KCEs. Furthermore, an assurance system and related verification mechanisms have been established to ensure that the facilities in the value chain comply with the defined requirements.

In order to ensure broad acceptance of the essentials of this scheme through transparent process and to allow contribution from a wide range of stakeholders, the project will engage with the stakeholders through organizing face-to-faces meetings and online consultation process. Moreover, the project will run a series of pilot audits including pilots outside Europe (Turkey, Rwanda and Colombia) to validate this new voluntary scheme and test its feasibility.

Please visit the CEWASTE project website for more information and updates.

DRIVER+ Project

DRIVER+ Project

Launched in May 2014, DRIVER+ (Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience) is a project funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, whose main aim is to cope with current and future challenges due to increasingly severe consequences of natural disasters and terrorist threats, by the development and uptake of innovative solutions that are addressing the operational needs of practitioners dealing with Crisis Management.



eFactory is a federated smart factory ecosystem and a digital platform that interlink different stakeholders of the digital manufacturing domain. The eFactory platform enable users to utilise innovative functionalities, experiment with disruptive approaches and develop custom solutions for specific needs. At the core of eFactory is an interoperable 'Data Spine' that provide open interfaces to support the integration of distributed systems and platforms with their integrated toolset and services.


The eFactory project demonstrates the power of federation through three embedded large-scale pilots focusing on lot-size-one manufacturing and on establishing fast, sustainable value networks in aerospace, furniture manufacturing and waste management sectors.  The piloting activity will form the basis for socio-economic impact assessment of the eFactory platform. The pilots will also initiate an ecosystem for large scale experimentation through cascade-funded open calls to achieve a critical mass that is essential for future sustainability of the eFactory platform.


The eFactory Foundation (eFF) is a legally independent non-profit organisation that will take over the eFactory platform after the lifetime of the eFactory project. eFF focuses on the management and promotion of an open and sustainable ecosystem around the eFactory platform.

The European IP Helpdesk

The European IP Helpdesk

The European IP Helpdesk is a service managed by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), with policy guidance provided by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Grow). It supports cross-border SME and research activities to manage, disseminate and valorise technologies and other Intellectual Property (IP) Rights and IP assets at an EU level. Offering a broad range of informative material, a Helpline service for direct IP support and on-site and online training, the European IP Helpdesk's main goal is to support IP capacity building along the full scale of IP practices: from awareness to strategic use and successful exploitation. This strengthening of IP competencies focuses on EU SMEs, participants and candidates in EU-funded projects, and EU innovation stakeholders for an increased translation of IP into the EU innovation ecosystem.


Whether you need personal support on a specific IP issue, want to be informed about the latest developments in the world of IP and Innovation in Europe, or are interested in a training session on IP – the European IP Helpdesk is the right partner to turn to.


Do you want to know more about the European IP Helpdesk?


Get in touch with the European IP Helpdesk team:


Phone: +34 965 90 9692  |  Email: 


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FORMOBILE is an EU project, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. A consortium of 19 partners from 15 countries is working in collaboration to create an end-to-end mobile forensic investigation chain, striving to improve digital safety, and security in the EU.  The 3-year project, which kicked off in May 2019, will conclude in April 2022. The goal of the project is to create 'An end-to-end mobile forensic investigation chain for mobile devices' 

To achieve this, the project is split into three key objectives. 

1. Tools - Advanced, innovative tools and software for the successful acquisition, recovery, analysis and visualisation of data.

2. Standard - Phone to Court. A best practice, standardised process for the mobile phone forensic chain.

3. Training - Giving Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) the necessary training to effectively use the new tools and successfully follow the standardised procedures.

At this event, the FORMOBILE team will briefly introduce the project, present the idea of standardisation work in the FORMOBILE and explain why standardisation is crucial to allow LEAs effectively investigate cases and produce court worthy evidence to prosecute criminals who are using mobile phones to communicate, coordinate, organise and execute illegal activities.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact FORMOBILE Communication&Dissemination team:



The FORESEE project is a H2020 research developing a toolkit to provide short and long term resilience schemes for rail and road corridors and logistics terminals that are able to minimise the impact of natural and human disruptive hazards on critical assets as bridges, tunnels, pavements, slopes or terminals.

This methodology will support transport owners and operators (railways and roads) in taking the right actions in case of extreme weather events, landslides and earthquakes which are dramatically impacting the safety of citizens and generating considerable economic loses for industry.

The consortium includes 18 partners combining know-how and expertise from industry, academia, research, and transport operators. The technical team is advised by UNE in all the elements related to the pre-standardization routes of the future methodology. In this sense, future market deployment will be a main priority for the project. Project results will be tested in strategic sections of the European Transport Network as for example the bridge 25 April in Lisbon, the M30 ring in Madrid, motorways in seismic areas of Italy or specific sections of the high-speed railway network of Germany.



INBOTS brings together 26 institutions from 12 European countries and runs for 36 months; it works to strongly facilitate that Interactive Robotics technology (i.e. robots in close physical, cognitive or emotional interaction with a person) is widely understood and accepted by European citizens and businesses. 

This close interaction raises a bundle of technical, ethical, legal and philosophical issues, which need to be discussed from a multidisciplinary perspective. For this aim, INBOTS is based in the tight collaboration among four pillars: technical experts; business experts; ethical, legal and socioeconomic experts; and end-users, policy makers and the general public. The interaction between these four pillars, through the continuous and effective debate and exchange of knowledge, will support and guide the community to potentiate an effective networking, education, dissemination, and collaboration between all stakeholders.


INBOTS has successfully gathered some of the main stakeholders involved in Interactive Robotics among the EU member states. This project will deliver future guidelines to overcome actual barriers to the acceptance of Interactive Robotics and to foster their introduction in everyday life of European citizens in three main domains: healthcare, manufacturing and consumers. This will result in overcoming the lack of a clear understanding and communication between the relevant actors, creating a Community Hub on Interactive Robotics. 


The members of this consortium, in collaboration with experts from several areas, will ensure the widest outreach of scientific application, training, standardisation, regulation, and dissemination activities concerning Interactive Robotics for the next three years. Thereupon, a number of workshops, conferences and discussions will be carried out with the participation of some of the main players in the Interactive Robotics field, including technical or academic stakeholders, as well as policy makers, end users or intellectuals.


At the end of the project, INBOTS will deliver a set of White Papers that will contribute to settle the future European legislation and roadmap of Interactive Robotics. This White Papers will deal with topics such as Interactive Robotics tax policy, the legislation governing their relationship with humans, a standardization and benchmarking framework of Interactive Robotics, the support of entrepreneurship in this field or how to contribute to a higher acceptance of Interactive Robotics among the general public and end users.



i-LEAD’s focusing on the incapability of groups of operational Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) practitioners defining their needs for innovation through a methodological way assisted by research & industrial partners supplemented by committed stakeholders. i-LEAD builds the capacity to monitor the security research & technology market ensuring better matching & uptake of innovations by LEAs with the overarching aim to make it a sustainable Pan-European LEA network. i-LEAD indicates priorities in 5 practitioner groups and aspects needing standardization & formulate recommendations how to incorporate these in procedures. i-LEAD makes recommendations to LEA members on how to use PCP & PPI instruments.



MET-CERTIFIED aims to increase the adoption of insurable and therefore bankable marine energy projects in the 2 SEAS region through the development of internationally recognised standards and certification schemes in the sector.


The project will be of big interest to many stakeholders around certification, from banks and insurers to consenting authorities, end-users, test facilities and classification bureaus, etc.  


MET-CERTIFIED is funded by the European Interreg 2 Seas programme and cofinanced by the European Fund for Regional Development (ERFD) under grant agreement No 2S01-020 for the period September 2016 – December 2019. Also the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands, Province of South-Holland and North-Holland and the Belgian Province of West Flanders are offering financial support.



Qu4lity is the biggest European project dedicated to Autonomous Qu4lity (AQ) and Zero-Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) in the Industry 4.0. It will demonstrate, in a realistic, measurable and replicable way an open, certifiable and highly standardised, SME-friendly and transformative shared data-driven ZDM product and service model for Factory 4.0 through 14 pilot lines.


Qu4lity will also demonstrate how European industry can build unique and highly tailored ZDM strategies and competitive advantages through an orchestrated open platform ecosystem, ZDM atomized components and digital enablers across all phases of product and process lifecycle. The main goal is to build an autonomous quality model to meet the Industry 4.0 ZDM challenges. Qu4lity will realise a radical shift from state-of-the-art production quality methods to the disruptive Autonomous Quality (AQ) concept, through enabling manufacturers and solution providers (including SMEs) to develop, validate, deploy and adopt innovative Cognitive Manufacturing solutions for ZDM.



STAIR4SECURITY is a Horizon2020 project, founded by the European Commission. The main objective of this project is to create a collaborative platform as single entry point for information on the security sector stemming primarily from research activities in order to allow better governance of standardization needs in the Disaster Resilience and Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRN-E) sectors to be realised. The platform will be practitioner / policy making driven. It aims to permit a better overview of current and new projects being at, national, European and international level; ensuring more coordination between all stakeholders and responding more efficiently and timely to the critical needs following an agreed strategic vision and identified priorities.


Besides ensuring the necessary partnering network, STAIR4SECURITY will review process efficiency and effectiveness, including the necessary tools and mechanisms, which encapsulates the CEN and CENELEC Workshop Agreement (CWA) process and a fast-track procedure. The adoption and suitability of a CWA as well as any other standard type deliverable or reference document, such as a TS and TR, will also form part of the review under the guise for the need for more relevant consensus standard (EN).


The underlining concept is to support the facilitation and transfer of research results at European and national level into the market involving standardization activities.
STAIR4SECURITY aims to deliver a policy making / practitioner driven platform, which enables a more effective networking within experts from research, industry including SMEs, practitioners, policy makers and standardizer to be realised.



The Digital Single Market (DSM) is aimed at boosting Europe’s competitiveness throughout multiple industrial and service sectors.  Five priority domains are highlighted as the building blocks of the DSM: 5G, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Cybersecurity and Big Data. The emergence and continuous evolution in these domains compels the establishment of common standards to guarantee interoperable and benchmarked services and technologies to drive the DSM, keep markets open, support innovation and allow a full-service portability. analyses how to bolster EU’s presence in these domains and importantly, the business impact of digital transformation on industry & consumers in strategic sectors such as eHealth, smart energy, intelligent transport systems & advanced manufacturing., “Supporting European Experts Presence in International Standardisation Activities in ICT”, addresses the need for ICT Standardisation and defines a pragmatic approach and streamlined process to reinforce EU expert presence in the international ICT standardisation scene.  Through a Standards Watch, will analyse and monitor the international ICT standards landscape and liaise with Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) and Standard Setting Organisations (SSOs), key organisations such as the EU Multistakeholder Platform for ICT Standardisation as well as industry-led groups, to pinpoint gaps and priorities matching EU DSM objectives. These will become the topics for a series of 8 Open calls focused on priority domains and a continuous cascading grants process, launched by from March 2018, providing support for European specialists to contribute to ongoing standards development activities, and attend SDO & SSO meetings.


Through the analysing and monitoring process of activities in the EU and globally, over its 24 month work plan, will provide a Go-To-Platform for the Open Call applications and evaluation, support prioritization of standardisation activities and build a community of Standardisation experts to support knowledge exchange and collaboration and reinforce European presence in the international ICT standardisation scene through 3 structured steps:


1) Monitoring and gathering information on the on-going work from the relevant international and global SDOs;

2) Setting up, managing and facilitating an open call designed to support the participation and contribution of EU specialists in key SDOs; 

3) Creating positive impact on business and research opportunities from ICT standardisation. 



UNICORN is a novel framewok for multicloud services development, orchestration, deployment and continuous management fostering loud technologies uptake from digital SMEs and startups.


UNICORN solution offers:


1.Development and design libraries for secure and elastic – by design – multicloud services. 

2.Continuous orchestration and automatic optimization of portable and dynamic cloud services running on virtual instances or micro-execution containers. 

3.Elimination of the source code vulnerabilities, providing continuous risk, cost and vulnerability assessment. 

4.Intuitive cloud/web plug-in that bundles application code, third-party libraries and UNICORN policies, allowing users to search for required OS images and libraries.


Through these tools UNICORN:


1.improves developers’ productivity by reducing cloud application design time and allowing developers to focus on application core functionality

2.provides experimentation across a variety of settings that enhances quality of experience and contributes to standardization and interoperability



ZDMP combines state of the art zero defect technological approaches based on commercial grade or open-source software, with built-in software for any gaps, and with an open development approach and App store. It focuses on both Process and Product quality modules for pre, during, supervisory, and post-production quality issues to ensure manufacturers are enabled for a Zero Defects environment.


ZDMP offers an open Industry 4.0 environment where a new generation of developed zero-defect service applications will be available in a marketplace contributing to create an ecosystem where ZDMP stakeholders would be able to interact with each other.


ZDMP includes industrial demonstrators including those in sectors of Automotive, Machine Tools, Construction, and Electronics. All of them are of vital importance to the European economy providing jobs for more than 33 million people and accounts for 13% of the EU's GDP


ZDMP Apps are built using the ZDMP SDK (Software Development Kit) and takes advantage of proven technology in other projects such as CREMA, C2NET, and vf-OS.

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Wednesday 13 November, 2019
08.30 to 17.00




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Mont des Arts
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