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Turkey is the new member of European Standards Organisations

**Turkey is the new member of European Standards Organisations**
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) have both decided to grant full membership status to the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) as of 1 January 2012. This is an important step towards the full participation of Turkey in the European Single Market.
TSE has already been cooperating closely with CEN and CENELEC for several years, and in January 2008 it became an affiliate of both organisations.
Following the accession of TSE, both CEN and CENELEC will have national members in 32 European countries, covering more than 590 million consumers in total.
Elena SANTIAGO, Director General of the CEN CENELEC Management Centre in Brussels explains the significance of TSE’s membership of CEN and CENELEC: “The accession of the Turkish Standards Institution as a full member of both CEN and CENELEC is a very positive and important development, both for Turkey and for the European Standardization system. It means that Turkey will be better placed to participate fully in the European Single Market, because there is a clear commitment to the acceptance of European Standards (ENs) and the elimination of any conflicting national standards.”