Policy & EU Matters
European Commission commits to design driven innovation at launch of €3.8 million European Design Innovation Platform
The European Commission has launched the European Design Innovation Platform (EDIP) in Brussels on 25 March 2014 – a project to increase the use of design for innovation and growth across Europe. The project will be led by the UK Design Council and has been co-financed by the European Commission.
BEDA’s reaction to new EU Rules on Public Procurement
The new rules on Public Procurement in the EU, adopted by the European Parliament on January 15th, include an encouraging emphasis on lowering thresholds for SMEs, by reducing administrative burdens, by discouraging unnecessary clustering and by encouraging the division of large contracts into smaller lots. Although BEDA welcomes this as a fresh and positive approach, it also regrets that none of the issues addressed in the BEDA Positioning Paper on Public Procurement are touched by the new Rules.
International DAMADEI project arranges closing event and issues comprehensive report
On October 31st in Copenhagen, a high profiled event marked the conclusion of the international EU Culture-funded DAMADEI project.
DAMADEI – short for “Design and Advanced Materials As a Driver of European Innovation” has brought together partners from Denmark, Spain, England, and the Czech Republic.