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  • 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
    Latest comment

    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
  • Innovation procurement to solve global challenges Public space

    Governments around the world are recognising the importance and power of public procurement to address global challenges, connecting the needs of place with innovative suppliers. What innovation procurement approaches have demonstrated impact? What policies and skills will boost innovation? How can places embed these practices within their procurement approaches? Join this webinar, organised by Connected Places Catapult, the first n a series orhanised by th Challenging Procurement programme. We...

    Continue reading 19/10/20
  • Webinar on Circular Economy and procurement (In French) - 11/12/2020 Public space

    RESECO, le conseil régional Centre-Val de Loire et l’ADEME Centre-Val de Loire organisent le 11/12/2020 une matinée sur la commande publique et l’économie circulaire. L’occasion de s’intéresser à la prise en compte de l’économie circulaire dans son acte d’achat et d’avoir les éléments clés pour le faire. Des retours d’expérience d’acheteurs et d’entreprises viendront alimenter cette journée.

    Objectifs :

    - Donner aux élu(e)s et acheteurs des pistes de réflexion sur les modalités d’in...

    Continue reading 13/10/20
  • eCare PCP: Open Market Consultation is now open! Public space

    A series of activities including webinars, questionnaires and Q&A are planned during October-November 2020 for the eCare Open Market Consultation.

    The eCare procurers are conducting an Open Market Consultation (OMC) for potential suppliers and end-users. The goals are to bring the market-perspective to the procurement process and to give the supply chain advance notice about the forthcoming call for tenders.

    Webinars in October-November 2020

    Each procurer is holding an OMC webinar in...

    Continue reading 12/10/20

    Cities around the world have already answered that question with YES! Explore with us how public buyers are navigating the race to zero-emissions in an environment where ‘lowest-price’ still is the deciding factor.

    We offer you a curation of three engaging sessions that enable you to hear from leaders in the field, learn from action-oriented examples in the construction and food sector and to exchange on the topic of climate-friendly procurement with the aim to help each other in these times...

    Continue reading 12/10/20
  • Save the date for Nordic Forum for Market Dialogue - towards circular, fair smartphones Public space

    As a group of Nordic Buyers, the City of Malmö, City of Oslo, City of Helsinki, Region Stockholm, City of Aalborg and City of Copenhagen, join forces to create a dialogue towards circular, fair smartphones.

    Where & when: Online - 25 November 2020, 9:00 - 16:30 CET

    The goal is to meet with resellers, suppliers and relevant stakeholders from all over Europe to discuss procurement needs and solutions towards circular, fair smartphones. It is time to exchange on how to increase transparency...

    Continue reading 09/10/20
  • Event - The fight against food waste in French healthcare (in French) Public space

    On Wednesday 4 November 2020 (10:30–16:00 CET), Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe and the Hospital Center of Niort will host a virtual conference in which we will share the final results of the MECAHF project and hear inspiring initiatives from our partners that you can use in your hospital to help prevent and reduce food waste.

    Reducing food waste not only helps to reduce the negative environmental impacts of the healthcare sector, but can also help reduce costs, allowing for further...

    Continue reading 08/10/20
  • Virtual Study Tour - PlastiCircle pilot in Alba Iulia Public space

    As part of the Circular Week 2020, PlastiCircle is organising a virtual study tour to the pilot in Alba Iulia (Romania). City authorities, waste managers, procurers, companies and other plastic stakeholders are invited to join this meeting taking place next October, 15 (10:00 - 11.00 CEST).

    The PlastiCircle approach will be presented so that others can learn from the project experience, and think about replicating or adapting the solutions, technologies and processes developed and imple...

    Continue reading 07/10/20
  • Call for papers - Special Issue Sustainability Journal - Public food procurement Public space

    Dear coleagues,

    I would like to share with you this call for papers of a Special Issue of Sustainability, an international Open Access journal which provides an advanced forum for research findings in areas related to sustainability and sustainable development. This Special Issue on "Public Food Procurement: A Transformative Instrument for Sustainable Food Systems" will collect articles from academics, researchers, and practitioners exploring innovative approaches and methods in the field o...

    Continue reading 30/09/20
  • What is socially responsible public procurement? Public space

    This video will answer this question:

    If you want to know more, join:

    2 October (9:30 - 11:00 CEST) - Socially responsible procurement session at Mannheim2020.

    This session explores the following questions: What are key challenges and drivers when getting started on sustainable or innovation procurement? How can procurement be used to influence global supply-chains such as electronics? What are examples for the difference that socially responsible proc...

    Continue reading 29/09/20
  • Strategic actions to integrate GPP into the policy instruments and ensure their effective implementation Public space

    The webinar, organized within GPP-STREAM Project, is aimed at sharing the experience gained by the GPP-STREAM partners regarding the integration of green public procurement (GPP) into policy instruments.

    The first section of the event will provide an overview of the types of strategic measures which inspired the partners’ actions in relation to their respective policy instruments.
    The second section will be dedicated to two concrete good examples of actions included in the partners’ Action Pla...

    Continue reading 24/09/20