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A New Vice President For BEDA

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 12:38

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BEDA, The Bureau of European Design Associates, based in Belgium elected a new Vice President for 2009 – 2011 and accepted four new members at its General Assembly held in Brussels on March 14 2009.

Initiated in London in 1969 BEDA has since been communicating the value of design and innovation to the institutions of the European Union, today it has 39 members in 22 Member states.

The BEDA membership, attended from 22 European countries to welcome its new president Jan R. Stavik (Norway) who will serve for the period 2009 – 2011. He will be supported in this role by the newly elected Vice President, Deborah Dawton (UK).

Outgoing President Michael Thomson (UK) congratulated Stavik on his new position, “Jan begins his Presidency at a very exciting moment for the European design agenda and I am delighted that he will continue BEDA’s work in supporting the European Commission in positioning design as a tool for innovation at the European level.”

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In thanking Thomson for completing a significant term of office, Stavik announced that he has invited him to stay involved with the European Design Policy process. “Michael’s role has been seminal in getting design onto the European agenda. We will continue to draw on his unique expertise as we move forward”, said Stavik.

BEDA also welcomed the following four new Members from Finland, Germany, Slovenia and the UK:
Design Forum Finland
Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen
DOS, Slovenia
The Design Council, UK

Speaking in Brussels on Saturday, Jan R. Stavik, BEDA President, said “BEDA is excited to welcome four strong and distinguished organisations to its membership. These new members add to our knowledge and to our capacity to influence the development of design policy at the European level, in order to better position Europe’s industries to compete through design in a time of economic recovery.”

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