The European standardization bodies have over 30 years experience in cooperating with their counterparts in other countries and regions to make effective referencing of technological standards in the best interest of co-regulation and progressive innovation. To intensify dialogue with key partners in strategically important regions of increasing economic importance, CEN, CENELEC, ETSI and their members decided to establish a position for a “standards attaché” in those key regions. The growing importance of the Chinese market, its size and its rate of growth made it a priority.
The first phase of the SESEC’s activities covered the period from May 2006 to June 2009. As the project successfully met Chinese and European stakeholders’ expectations, a second edition followed from 2009 to 2012, with a third phase commencing from September 2014 to December 2017.
The current phase, SESEC IV, was launched in April 2018 and will last three years.
The project falls under the authority and guidance of the Steering Committee—composed of one representative from CEN, CENELEC, ETSI, the EU Commission, and EFTA—who monitors and decides on corrective measures to be undertaken, as well as periodically revising the project’s sectoral priorities to fit the needs of the stakeholders.
SESEC IV’s daily activities are coordinated and monitored by CEN, who acts as the project leader and ensures project implementation as agreed by the five partners.