The Seconded European Standardization Expert in China (SESEC) is a visibility project co-financed by the European Commission (EC), the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). This initiative is the continuation of two previous phases, SESEC I (2006-2009) and SESEC II (2009-2012). The project is led by CEN and supported by a Steering Committee composed of one representative from CEN, CENELEC, ETSI, EC, and EFTA.

The SESEC’s mission is to enhance the visibility of European standardization activities, increase the cooperation between Chinese and European standardization bodies and support European companies facing standardization related issues hampering market access to China. The project also supports China in standardization related aspects of its integration in the WTO trading system, by identifying all potential opportunities for enhanced international cooperation and global harmonization of standards. Ultimately, the SESEC project aims at reducing the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) both between EU and China and globally, thus supporting European and Chinese industries by facilitating international trade.

The SESEC initiative also supports the EC policy and the European Standards Organizations (ESOs) strategic objectives in China. Its ultimate goal is the enhancement of EU-China dialogue and cooperation in the field of standardization. It is notably expected to support the Framework Cooperation Agreement in place between the ESOs and the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), the National Standardization Body (NSB) of China.