The document looks at the rationale for making design an integral part of European innovation policy, and follows lobbying from the Bureau of European Design Associations.
Beda representatives met EC vice-president Günter Verheugen in October 2007, after former Beda president Michael Thomson had been pressing for a united European design strategy in the face of Asian competition.
Thomson, founder and director of Design Connect, who now heads up Beda’s design policy team, says, ‘[The working document] is a potential precursor to a communication, where the EC sets out policy action.’
He adds that it is important to raise the profile of design in EC member states ahead of the next EC structural funding negotiation in 2013.
Thomson stepped down as Beda president in March, to be replaced by Jan R Stavik, the managing director of the Norwegian Design Council. Design Business Association chief executive Deborah Dawton was elected as vice-president.
The public consultation is open until 26 June.