The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC) has expanded its network of affiliates to include the National Institute for Standardisation of the Republic of Moldova with the aim of increasing trade in technology between the European Union and its neighbouring countries.

Moldova is the 14th affiliate to join under the European Neighbourhood Policy of the EU, covering South-east Europe, North Africa and parts of the Middle East.

Affiliates are eligible to attend CENELEC technical committees as observers with an obligation to accept and implement any European Standards developed by a particular committee.

CENELEC is active with other European Standards Organisations in developing a framework to continuously enhance and develop the smart grid development across the EU and its neighbouring countries.

In 2013, CENELEC created 432 new standards, which are created to ensure the freer flow of trade across the 33 member countries.

For manufacturers, the standards include all possible country specific requirements in the text meaning there is no more need to test or add/remove any specifications.

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