In recent years major economic, political and social changes in Asia, Europe and other regions of the world, have opened new markets and have created new opportunities for trade and investment relations between these regions and Europe. Recognizing the importance of these developments for the European economy, the European Standards Organizations (the ESOs), CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, decided to look for opportunities to intensify their dialogue with key partners in the different regions, such as Central and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean area, Northern Asia, the Asian Pacific region, South and Central America and Africa.

This initiative is in alignment with the EU policy to promote the European Standardization System in third countries and the stated desire of the European Commission (EC) to establish a post for a Seconded European Standardization Expert in strategically important regions/countries. Such a position was established in China (as from July 2006), with the support of EC and EFTA.


This project aims at strengthening the establishment of a European standardization expert to operate in China with the task to channel the interests of the European standardization community in China as a whole. Another objective is to understand the processes in China, in which standardization can play a major role in improving trade between the two communities.

SESEC III will focus notably on the following key areas/actors. These key areas can be further fine-tuned, or modified by the Steering Committee:

  • For representing the European Standardization System and the promotion of its values SESEC III has to establish/maintain good relations with: Chinese public authorities that are involved in standardization (ministerial, ministerial agency, provincial level and in particular cases also enterprise-standardization level), the Chinese standardization organizations, non-Chinese standardization organizations operating in China, and other relevant standardization stakeholders (e.g. societal stakeholders);
  • New dialogues should be established with: Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, National Development Reform Commission, MOHURD, etc.;
  • Cooperate with EU delegation, EUCCC, EUTCP and other EU/EFTA projects related to standardization, such as EC Regulatory Dialogues, or the EU SME Business Centre;
  • Continuous support to the European – China Standards Platform (CESIP): promotion and support in all issues of this Chinese SAC – ESO co-operation;
  • Facilitating exchange and cooperation in the following technical areas: cloud computing, consumer protection issues (especially in the field of toys, textiles/clothing, cosmetics, and electrical and electronic household goods), content delivery, education in standardization, electrical and electronic products, energy management and the management of Carbon detriment, environmental protection, resources allocation, and resource saving,  especially related to EPBD (Energy Performance of Building Directive), and Eco-design and labelling legislation, ICT infrastructure activities, information and communication technology, IOT, end to end (machine to machine technology), medical devices / healthcare equipment, service industry, Smart Grids, the Built Environment – notably smart sustainable construction, transport in the context of Smart transport and e-mobility;

According to the identified needs of the partners and their stakeholders, these key areas of cooperation, as well as the resulting Action Plan should be regularly adapted/modified by the Steering Committee.