Green movement wins standardisation role

Commission funds environmentalist representation to European standards bodies

Europe's environmental movement will play a stronger role in the development of standards for environmental protection after securing €200,000 to engage with CEN and other European standardisation bodies. The development will stimulate further debate over the role of environmental standardisation, as green groups attempt to challenge what they see as industry domination of the process.

The decision by the European Commission to fund the creation of a representative body for environmental groups to standardisation bodies follows a public walk-out by the green movement two years ago. Green groups feared that environmental standardisation would lead to deregulation and complained of too few resources to engage meaningfully in the standards setting process (EED 18/07/00).

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