European Standardization Strategy and the U.S. Standardization Strategy
The first panel was about current standardisation strategies in the USA and Europe. Marry Saunders from ANSI presented the U.S. Standization Starategy. She mentions that the U.S. strategy reflects the diversity of the U.S. system, and that this system is not only committed to interests within its own territory, but also to international standardisation and a global trading system that is balanced and without barriers. Gerhild Roth from the BMWK gave the participants an insight into the EU standardisation strategy and addressed the opportunities and challenges from the perspective of the German member states. In the following discussion round, the different perspectives on the strategies of industry and government were highlighted. All participants agreed that despite all coordination efforts at the political level, industry-driven standards should have priority, in order to ward off state-driven standardisation approaches.