ETUC STAND Project: Strengthening trade union intervention to represent social interests in the standardisation process at European level

The European Trade Union Confederation is pleased to announce that the ETUC STAND project aimed at sustaining and reinforcing trade union representation and effective participation in European standardisation has been launched in 2015 with the financial support of the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

There is evidence that working conditions are among the major societal challenges that standards can help to address, under the precondition that trade unions are able to achieve appropriate representation and effective participation in the European standardisation organisations. In this context, the ETUC STAND project crystallise its long held demand that standards ensure the highest quality of working conditions, including among other high level of public and occupational health and safety across Europe. Moreover, the ETUC, recognizing that many of the areas subjected to standardisation are political by nature, strongly insists on the autonomy of the social partners and on the respect of collective bargaining and collective agreements that may potentially be challenged by the development of standards.

The ETUC STAND project takes into account this context and aims at improving the situation by means of a series of actions, including:

  • The effective participation in the standardisation work at a policy level (by interfacing with governing bodies of European standardisation organisation, with the European Commission, and other European societal stakeholders).
  • The effective participation in the standardisation work at a technical level by means of direct involvement of experts within technical committees and working groups on selected standards.
  • The training of trade union experts participating in technical committees and networking with workers representatives involved in standardisation activities in order to share experience and improve trade unions capacity to act in standardisation.
  • The communication and sharing of information related to standardisation with trade unions and workers’ representatives, including adoption of resolutions and organization of an annual meeting gathering trade unions representatives interested in standardisation issue. 

A project overview and general information is given here.


ETUC STAND Project evaluation (2015-2019)

The Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) as part of which the ETUC STAND project was set up in 2015, is coming to a close on 31 December 2020. With a view to preparing the following FPA to be agreed with the European Commission and EFTA, the ETUC has carried out an evaluation of the project over the past 4 years in order to assess its achievements and challenges, as well as the lessons learnt. The evaluation is publicly available here.