The New EU strategy on standardisation: high stakes, weak proposals.

EU legislation often refers to technical standardisation. One should thus not be misled by the complexity of technical standards; they embody fundamental public interests and have an important regulatory function. Consequently, it is the duty of the public actor, whose choice it was to incorporate private instruments into EU law, to ensure effective scrutiny over these standards. In this regard, the Commission recently launched its new EU standardisation strategy in which it vows to reinstate the EU’s leadership on the international scene and to improve the governance of standardisation processes. This paper shortly reviews the actions proposed in the new EU standardisation strategy before concluding that they do not offer sufficient impetus for effective control over technical standards embedded in EU law. So long as countless global standards enter the EU legal order through the backdoor, the EU will remain a standard taker, and democratic legitimacy thresholds will not be respected