China - European Union Standards

The China EU Information Technology Standards Research Partnership

The China-EU-Standards project promoted research collaboration on Information Technology standardisation between China and Europe. The People’s Republic of China has become increasingly active in information technology standards. This activity raises important issues for China about standardisation processes and technology promotion policy, with significant consequences for the European economy and global ICT market. These issues are of particular interest to the FP7 Information Society Technologies programme.

This project brought together leading European and Chinese centres researching ICT Interoperability Standards to undertake a comparative examination of ICT standardisation processes and policies between EU and China. It developed a network of top researchers in the field in Europe, China and beyond. It examined the new ICT standardisation activity emerging in China and compared these emerging standardisation processes with the more established European ones.

Three strategic studies addressd areas identified by IST as critical for European technology and industrial strategy. They examinined the standardisation approach adopted; the strategies of public policy, technical and industrial players; the likely implementation/ uptake of standards and their consequences for innovation and markets. In particular: will the outcomes be open standards and alignment between regional economies, or competing standards, potentially leading to so-called ‘standards wars’ and the fragmentation of global markets.

The ‘China EU Information Technology Standards Research Partnership’ was co-funded by the EU under Grant agreement no. 217457. It was a Support Action under FP7’s ‘Socio-economic sciences and the Humanities’ programme, Objective ICT-2007.9.1, ‘International Co-operation’. Among others, an expected target outcome of this Objective is the “Identification and promotion of co-operation opportunities, support to policy dialogues”. The China-EU-Standards project specifically targeted the latter. Project work started in March 2008, and continued for 24 months. The project was co-ordinated by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Consortium

The University of Edinburgh
The University of Oslo
RWTH-Aachen University
Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas (VDU)
ISI Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research
Tsinghua University
The Chinese Academy of Science: Institute for Policy and Management


For further information please contact the project co-ordinator, Professor Robin Williams.

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