Results of the public consultation on design
On 7 April 2009, the Commission published a working document on Design as a driver of user-centred innovation [394 KB] . It provides an analysis of the rationale for making design an integral part of European innovation policy. On the basis of this document, the Commission launched a public consultation aiming at finding out if more should be done at EU level in the area of design and - if so - what.
When the consultation closed on 29 June, the Commission had in total received 535 online replies - 309 from organisations, 226 from individuals - a very encouraging response.
These replies have now been analysed. 91 percent of responding organisations consider that design is very important for the future competitiveness of the EU economy. 96 percent consider that initiatives in support of design should be an integral part of innovation policy in general, 91 percent that initiatives in support of design should be taken at EU level in addition to Member State and regional level.
For an in-depth analysis of the results, click here [45 KB] .