The Bureau of European Design Associations is preparing to take part in a workshop on pan-European design policy with the vice-president of the European Commission, Günter Verheugen.
‘The point is to see how policy for design can be aligned with the EC’s broad-based strategy for innovation in Europe,’ says Beda president Michael Thomson.
‘We are hoping that this will help the EC move towards the publication of the Communication on Design [document] in 2009,’ he adds.
The workshop at the end of June will be attended by Thomson, former Design Council chairman Andrew Summers and representatives from about 18 European design associations.
They will meet with the EC innovation policy unit, which is comprised of enterprise and industry leaders, and headed by Verheugen.
‘Securing this workshop shows that the EC is taking the development of the communication on design document seriously, and we are closely involved in moving that forward,’ says Thomson.
Thomson met with Verheugen in January, when he agreed three key actions, including issuing a communication on design document in 2009 that will guide EU member states on national design promotion strategies.
In April, Thomson told Design Week that he is lobbying the EC to encourage member states to invest a percentage of their annual GDP in design.