It is with pleasure that we present this first European Design Report of national facts and figures from 27 European countries. A total of 410,000 designers in Europe today generate an annual turnover of 35 billion euros. This represents 5.4 % of the added value of the EU Business Service Sector in 2002.
It is the combination of artistry and usefulness that makes design the creative industry par excellence. As the future growth of the European economy depends increasingly on our strengths in creativity, innovation and ideas, areas in which Europe has a pre-eminent record of achievement, we have to find ways to maximise the potential of these skills in order to maintain international competitiveness and expand its position as a world leader.
The fifth event in BEDA’s communication series took place in Brussels on 12 June 2003.
These presentations and discussions began in November 2000 and since then, have taken place approximately every six months. Once again we are indebted to Forum Europe for allowing us to use its wonderful building in the Parc Léopold for the meeting to discuss the value of using design in support of regional growth and development across Europe.