Professor Vladimir Poulkov, the chairman of the board of BCT was a moderator of a two-day twining seminar on standardization in Sofia

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On January 25 and 26, a two-day twinning seminar dedicated to standards and the standardization process in ICT was held at Grand Hotel Sofia. Moderators of the seminar were Professor Vladimir Poulkov and Mr. Peter Statev.

The seminar was organized by the Bulgarian ICT Cluster, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the Small Business Standards (SBS) and was designed to provide participants with knowledge and understanding of the process of creating ICT standards in today’s dynamic world, their application, their interaction with regulations and copyrights.

The seminar was opened by Cristel Davidson, Director of SBS; Radek Maly, Head of Unit, DG for the Internal Market, Industry, Enterpreneurship and MSEs, Unit B.3 Standards for Growth, European Commission; Petar Statev, Chairman of the Board of Bulgarian ICT Cluster and Prof. Vladimir Pulkov, Vice-Chairman of ETSI General Assembly.

Participants in the event united around the importance of standards for the economic growth. At the same time, for professionals from the sector, the relationship between standards, patents and laws is still unclear.

The ability of SMEs to participate in standard-setting processes and access to information is of crucial importance to the European economy, explained Crystal Davidson at the opening of the seminar. This is due to the fact that 99.8% of EU companies are small and medium size.

The event was attended by representatives and experts from SBS, ETSI, CEN, CENELEC, European Commission, French Standardization Association, representatives of universities, ICT clusters and ICT associations from Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Greece, Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo.