Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), an opportunity for design
BEDA President Isabel Roig outlines how RIS3 provides a significant opportunity to integrate design into Smart Specialisation Strategies and calls for your input as BEDA maps the involvement of design in RIS3 across Europe.
The Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth sets out the targets that the European Union is to meet by the year 2020 in the fields of research and innovation, climate change and energy, employment, education and reducing poverty.
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.