List of Working papers (WK) distributed in the Working Party on Public Procurement in the Second Quarter 2019

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UPDATED – Event: Virtual Info Day on the 2019-2 CEF Telecom call (10 July 2019)

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Event: Awarding, Selection and Exclusion Criteria in Public Procurement (Berlin, 22 & 23 August 2019)

Meet procurement requirements by setting clear criteria and performing transparent bid evaluation. Efficient procurement procedures require more flexibility, transparency and fulfilment of high-qualitative, social and innovation standards. Yet, any contracting authorities still favour lowest price criteria as the safest and fastest procedure. As many examples prove that the lowest price does not always mean lowest costs, this model gradually disappears and has being replaced by extended requirements and criteria.

Agenda: Committee of the Regions ECON Commission Meeting (9 July 2019)

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Press Release: Setting green standards for festivals and cultural events

Summer festival organisers are hard at work during the festival season, and public authorities often purchase the suppliers and services used. LIFE GreenFEST is helping administrations to adopt greener buying measures through more sustainable tenders.

Event: Decarbonising the Construction Industry: Can Europe Lead in the Low Carbon Buildings and Infrastructure? (Brussels, 19 November 2019)

Buildings & construction are a major driver of energy demand and global CO2 emissions. According to the European Commission, they jointly account for nearly 40% of global CO2 emissions and also 40% of final energy consumption. A recent IPCC report states the building and construction sector must decarbonise by 2050 to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

This high-level Forum will discuss which actions are needed to drive innovation in infrastructure construction and procurement requirements to achieve decarbonisation by 2050.

Event: Training Session on EU Public Procurement for Economic Operators (Riga, Latvia, 18 September 2019)

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Study: How to tackle challenges in a future-oriented EU industrial strategy?

This study, requested by the ITRE Committee, provides a critical assessment of the 2017 EU industrial strategy and of the policy measures it comprises. Even though the EU industrial strategy is still a “meta- policy”, it successfully promotes a more integrated and innovative approach. However, it should more clearly identify mission-oriented strategic goals and mobilise the necessary effort and means to reach them.

Press Release: Benchmarking of national innovation procurement policy frameworks

Interested to know if your country already has an action plan, target, financial incentives and a competence center for boosting innovation procurement? Check out the consolidated results of the benchmarking of the national policy frameworks for innovation procurement across the 28 EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland.

Report: Revision of EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for Imaging Equipment

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Study: Economic and legal analysis of the factors leading to a low rate of publication of public procurement opportunities in Germany

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Advisory Committee for Public Contracts (6 May 2019)

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Press Release: Council calls for an ambitious approach for a competitive single market

The Council today adopted conclusions on “A new level of ambition for a competitive single market”. These conclusions are the Council’s response to recent calls from the European Council for an integrated, forward-looking approach to the single market, which should connect all relevant policies and remove remaining unjustified barriers and avoiding creating new ones, in particular on freedom to provide services and on digitalisation.

Press Release: ECA Journal 2/2019 – Fraud and Corruption

One of the key elements often mentioned as a raison d’être for the European Union, certainly in this period of elections for the European Parliament, are its concerns for the rule of law and fundamental rights and values. Fraud and corruption undermine this, but not only: they can also have substantial economic consequences and eat away the trust of EU citizens in the EU and its institutions.

DG Environment: Green Public Procurement Training Toolkit (2019)

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Report: Procuring zero emission delivery of goods and services

Municipalities and other public authorities across Europe spend huge amounts of money on the purchase of goods, services and works each year – according to European Commission estimates, public procurement accounts for 14% of EU GDP1. A very wide variety of items are procured, from office supplies, to canteen catering services, from street furniture to the construction of municipal buildings. In almost every case some form of transportation of people or products is required to deliver the contract.The BuyZET project aimed to understand the impact of this spending on transportation flows in EU urban areas, to see how procurement may be used to best support the shift to sustainable mobility. 

Press Release: Furniture framework applying circular economy principles

The City of Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city, with a procurement volume of around €0.9 billion per year. Malmö has been actively implementing sustainable procurement over many years, which it defines as procurement that helps to achieve the goals of the Environmental Program for Malmö City 2009-2020 and United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 – Sustainable Production and Consumption.

UPDATED – Conclusions on “A new level of ambition for a competitive Single Market”

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Study: Free movement of services and freedom of establishment: European Public Procurement – Delivering improved rights for European citizens and businesses

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Event: Implementing public procurement rules at local and regional level: challenges and opportunities (Brussels, 15 May 2019)

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Press Release: European Single Procurement Document – over 40 electronic services already available across the EU to make it easier for suppliers to bid for tenders

To facilitate the use of the ESPD, the Commission developed a free, web-based system for Member States and businesses. This was a transitional solution that was always supposed to be in place only until market solution become available.

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