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  • 15 Frequently Asked questions on socially responsible public procurement Public space

    What is socially responsible public procurement (SRPP)? Who benefits from SRPP? How does SRPP differ from ‘traditional’ procurement?

    These are some of the 15 Frequently Asked Questions compiled in an FAQ document published by the European Commission and written by ICLEI to support public buyers in their implementation of SRPP. This FAQ is part of the #WeBuySocialEU campaign.

    Check the document here:

    Continue reading 19/01/21
  • Webinar on Public Procurement of ICT and electronics: Power of engagement and challenges of verification Public space

    The webinar will take place on 28 January 2021, 16:00 - 17:30 CET and is co-hosted by European Parliament vice presidents Heidi Hautala and Marcel Kolaja and co-organised by Electronics Watch and ICLEI.

    The main objective of the webinar is to demonstrate what kind of public procurement policies and practices are possible in information and communications technology (ICT)/electronics for public purchasers at the European Union, national, regional or local level.

    The webinar will provi...

    Continue reading 19/01/21
  • Public procurement of innovation in Poland – BOOK Public space

    The Public Procurement Office of Poland has published a book on public procurement of innovation.

    The publication provides a detailed description of several public sector projects and the related legal framework.

    The following institutions share their experiences:

    - representatives of government administration: GovTech Poland, National Center for Research and Development, National Center for Agricultural Support,

    - local government administration: Regional Water and Sewage Management...

    Continue reading 19/01/21
  • Public procurement of innovation in Poland – EVENT, 21 January, 9.00 AM -12.00 PM CET Public space

    Public procurement of innovation in Poland – EVENT, 21 January, 9.00 AM -12.00 PM CET

    Free registration:

    The seminar is organized jointly by the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU and the Polish Public Procurement Office


    9.00 Welcome by the Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU, Andrzej SadoÅ›

    9.10 – 9.20 Keynote speech, Hubert Nowak, the President of the Polish Public Pro...

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  • Webinar: Public Procurement - Stimulating or Stifling Nature-Based Innovation? Public space

    Nature-based solutions are increasingly recognised as a powerful tool to address diverse challenges facing our cities and regions – from degradation of natural capital and ecosystem services to vulnerability to pandemics, climate change and natural disasters. The potential of nature-based enterprises to generate new innovations, jobs and wealth creation has also been recognised in the EU Green Deal and Recovery Plan.

    Despite the clear case for investment, public procurement of nature-based s...

    Continue reading 18/01/21
  • Innovation procurement in Europe and the Procure2Innovate Network (22.01.2021) Public space

    Next January 22 (11.15 - 12.30 CET), the Procure2Innovate Network will host a special session as part of the 30th RESER Congress, focused on value co-creation and innovation as new dynamics shaping services today and aimed at improving the transformative power of services in modern societies: new avenues for a new services world.

    Three competence centres for innovation procurement will join the session starting at 11.15 am (CET) to present some good practices that have taken place in Germ...

    Continue reading 15/01/21
  • Join our webinar series on socially responsible ICT procurement Public space
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    Fantastic thank you!

    Continue reading 08/01/21
  • CIVILnEXt project: A webinar on Innovation Potential Public space

    The CIVILnEXt Consortium is proud to organize an online event that will be held on January 29th, 2021 10:00 CET on exploring and identifying the Innovation Potential regarding the development of an operation control platform for civilian missions.

    As CIVILnEXt is running a transitional phase of introspection and redefinition of its research objective under the new coordination of KEMEA, we are now oriented to a more specific spectrum of project outcomes / applications, leading to enhanced...

    Continue reading 08/01/21
  • Conference on Innovation Procurement to boost regions Public space

    Innovation procurement to boost Regions in post COVID Recovery

    DATE : 12 January 2021
    LOCATION : Online Event
    START TIME : 2:30 pm UK END TIME : 4:00 pm

    Academic and Regional leaders discuss the role of innovation procurement in regional growth, their current initiatives, and the potential for these approaches to strengthen economic recovery in the wake of the COVID pandemic

    Organised by Connected Places Catapult as part of the Challanging Procurement programme.


    Continue reading 04/01/21
  • More news on GPP! Public space
    • Big buyers for Climate and the Environment
    • Interview: Using university procurement as a leverage point for collaboration - Peter Hayakawa, University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK)
    • Good Practice: Refurbishing an old building with minimal environmental impact (City of Koprivnica, Croatia)
    • Zoom in on… Batteries
    • Zoom in on… New energy efficiency labelling system
    • Zoom in on… Fair ICT hardware
    • Zoom in on… GPP and food in Swedens

    Link to GPP News Alert December edition: https://ec.e...

    Continue reading 03/01/21
  • Big Buyers launched needs assessment Public space
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    Deadline to fill out needs assessment is extended until January 13.

    Continue reading 16/12/20
  • 100th issue of the GPP News Alert out now! Public space

    Read the interview also about using ecolabels in public procurement and the Slovenian government's national joint green procurement for office paper.

    Continue reading 15/12/20
  • Health-care procurers meet EIC companies to discuss innovative medical solutions Public space
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    Dear EIC,

    I would like to come back to my question, since you did not answer my questions but just diverted the discussion to another topic/event, namely the hackaton.

    The hackaton event is irrelevant to my question because it was not advertising/consulting the industry on any concrete sales opportunities. It were simply policy makers/governments (not in their capacity as public procurers) that were announcing general issues (not ooncrete procurement/sales opportunities) that were already...

    Continue reading 14/12/20

    A leading group of European public authorities, guided by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and Electronics Watch, have piloted socially responsible procurement of ICT hardware. The group includes ICLEI members and Procura+ Participants Barcelona City Council (Spain), Municipality of Haarlem (Netherlands), City of Stavanger (Norway) as well as Procura+ Participant APUC Scotland (UK) and Region Stockholm (Sweden). Ranging from including award criteria, conducting market dia...

    Continue reading 14/12/20
  • Socially Responsible Public Procurement - Case on gender equality Public space

    As part of the #WeBuySocialEU video series, DG GROWTH has published its third video, focused on the case of the City of Toledo, that required bidders to accept gender equality requirements when tendering out gardening services.

    Hope this is an inspiring example for buyers interested in introducing social criteria in their tenders:

    Continue reading 04/12/20
  • Big Buyers - launch of next phase Public space

    ICLEI and EUROCITIES are launching the second phase of the Big Buyers for Climate & Environment (BBCE) Initiative. The initiative funded by DG Grow offers support to procurers implementing innovative solutions. Four working groups for joint collaboration will be established, based on the concrete needs and interest of public entities toward procuring new sustainable solutions which are currently not available on the market.

    Why get involved?

    We are looking for ambitious public entities int...

    Continue reading 04/12/20
  • Webinar on Public procurement and minerals in electronics Public space

    Safeguarding human rights due diligence in supply chains of minerals used in ICT.

    This webinar on 19 January 2021 [2:00 - 4:00 PM CET] explores opportunities for applying social criteria to ICT procurement with a focus on minerals.

    It examines experiences, strategies and methods used in European countries, where public authorities have actively included contract clauses related to responsible sourcing of minerals in ICT products. Furthermore, it provides insights into the risks involved...

    Continue reading 02/12/20
  • AI4Cities launches its Request for Tenders Public space

    AI4Cities, an EU-funded Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP), has launched its Request for Tenders (RfT). Tenderers are invited to submit innovative AI solutions in the fields of energy and mobility. These solutions should contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the six cities and regions involved in the project: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Helsinki (Finland), Île-de-France – Paris Region (France), Stavanger (Norway) and Tallinn (Estonia). The call is open until...

    Continue reading 02/12/20
  • Call for contributions - do you tackle Chemicals of Concern in electronics using procurement? Public space

    Are you introducing sustainability considerations regarding chemicals in your procurements or policies? Do you want to be featured for your good practices? This is your opportunity!

    Together with UNEP, ICLEI is working on a global guidance for public procurers to tackle chemicals of concern in electronics. A crucial element of making it meaningful is featuring your good practice. Your example can inspire others who also want to move in that direction!

    The work takes place in the context of t...

    Continue reading 01/12/20
  • Three high-tech industry consortia selected to prototype solutions for archive and digital preservation of research data Public space

    Arkivum, LIBNOVA, and T-Systems are the leaders of the three projects selected via the ARCHIVER Pre-commercial Procurement Tender to build prototypes for hybrid cloud end-to-end archival and preservation services for European Research communities.

    30 November 2020

    Started in January 2019, the ARCHIVER project is one of the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) initiatives funded by the H2020 programme of the European Commission. With a procurement budget of €3.4 million, ARCHIVER will procure...

    Continue reading 30/11/20
  • Invitation to ARCHIVER Prototype Phase Award Ceremony Public space

    Dear colleagues,

    it's with pleasure that we invite you to join the ARCHIVER Prototype Phase Kick-off Event, organised as a virtual event on th 7th of December starting at 14:00.

    The story behind

    Following the closure of the ARCHIVER Tender, on the 8th of June 2020 five bids had been selected as a result of the ARCHIVER Pre-Commercial Procurement Request for Tenders for the provision of R&D for hybrid end-to-end archival and preservation services meeting the innovation challenges of...

    Continue reading 18/11/20
  • Muntstroom PCP Market Consultation Public space

    The Muntstroom PCP, initiated by the leading Brussels mobility partners (STIB-MIVB (lead), CIRB-CIBG, Brussels Mobility and Parking.Brussels) launches the market consultation for the first European PCP on people flow data & analytics. This ground breaking initiative supported by Eafip and Innoviris, intends to be the launching customer for an integrated end-to-end solution for the outdoor and indoor monitoring of people flow. For more information click the link below.


    Continue reading 06/11/20
  • Outcomes of the Big Buyers Initiative - EU collaboration on strategic procurement Public space

    After one year of collaboration, the public procurers who participated in the Big Buyers Initiative (BBI) presented key takeaways and results at a final event on 23 October. The initiative - consisting of working groups on circular construction materials, zero-emission construction sites and heavy-duty electric vehicles - published lessons learned reports on each topic, including practical case studies and example award criteria. The zero-emission construction sites and heavy-duty electr...

    Continue reading 04/11/20
  • Protecting Workers and Promoting Resilient Public Sector Supply Chains - online event Public space

    ReWORKing Health and Safety – Protecting Workers and Promoting Resilient Public Sector Supply Chains, 30 November – 3 December, 2020

    With this event Electronics Watch will make the case that workers’ occupational health and safety is fundamental to resilient supply chains. We will explore the role of public buyers in ensuring resilience by protecting workers’ health, safety, and other rights. Throughout the event we will emphasize the workers’ own perspectives to give voice to the affected.


    Continue reading 03/11/20
  • Information on rescaled energy efficiency labels Public space

    A new energy labelling system is being introduced in all EU countries. Starting in March 2021, it will progressively be rolled out to 9 product categories.

    The product groups of household appliances with "rescaled" labels include: dishwashers, washing machines and washer-dryers; refrigerators, including wine storage fridges, lamps, electronic displays, including televisions monitors and digital signage displays.

    Currently, products are labelled on a scale from A+++ (most efficient) to E (l...

    Continue reading 30/10/20