Policy & EU Matters
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.
Eagerly awaited, last week the European Commission published the Action Plan for Design-Driven Innovation. Mr Antti Valle officially launched the action plan on Thursday 26th September at ERRIN Design Days 2013 in the Flemish Parliament, in which a number of BEDA members participated. This Commission staff working document is the culmination of significant efforts by BEDA and its members to enhance the strategic value of design within the EU innovation policy agenda. It represents a further step along the road to holistically integrating design into EU policies and funding programmes.