I think Sayer hints at the significance of the speech here. It is not merely a reiteration of the importance of open standards against vendor lock-in. We all understand that now. What is new here is the suggestion that European procurement should explicitly recognize consortia standards.
This is an interesting idea. We try to avoid monopolies in other areas of economic life. Why should we then be satisfied with ISO having a monopoly on International Standards? Competition in this area could be a healthy thing.
If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything. — Confucius, Analects 13:3