« On Monday 21 January 2008, BEDA President Michael Thomson (UK) and Vice-President, Jan R. Stavik (Norway) met with Vice-President of the Commission, Gunter Verheugen at his office in the European Commission in Brussels.
At the meeting, Gunter Verheugen stressed the European Commission’s full agreement with the positioning of design as a « very crucial element » for European competitiveness. « Europe must maintain its position as the most competitive region in the world as far as design is concerned », said Vice-President Verheugen.
Three key actions were agreed. »
(Source: Dexigner Newsletter of January 28 2008)