UPDATED – Event: GPP Helpdesk Webinar on Road Lighting and Traffic Signals (Brussels, 10 October 2019)

Update – presentations from the above event are available.

Road lighting and traffic signals are essential to the safety of our streets, but also come with environmental impacts. To learn about the latest EU GPP Criteria, plus hear first-hand from good practice procurers, join the next EU GPP Helpdesk Webinar on Thursday 10th October (14.00 to 15.30 Brussels time). Registration is now open.

Agenda: High Level Working Group on Competitiveness and Growth (7 November 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President-designate for Europe fit for the Digital Age (8 October 2019)

A summary of the hearing is now available.

Agenda: Meeting of the Commission Government Experts Group on Public Procurement (6 June 2019)

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UPDATED – Meeting of the informal Green Public Procurement Advisory Group (Budapest, 4 June 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Sylvie Goulard, Commissioner-designate for Internal Market (2 October 2019)

A summary of the hearing is now available.

Question for Written Answer: Compatibility with EU competition law of mandatory use of bark-beetle-infested timber for public-works projects

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UPDATED – Commission stakeholder expert group on public procurement (main group) and Commission Expert Group “Network of First Instance Review Bodies on Public Procurement” (3 April 2019)

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Call: European Assistance for Innovation Procurement initiative

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

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Official Journal (C Series): Judgment of the Court of 14 May 2019 in Case E-6/18 — EFTA Surveillance Authority v Iceland (Failure by an EFTA State to fulfil its obligations — Failure to implement — Directive 2014/52/EU)

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Circular economy on construction – draft Council conclusions

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Presentation of the Council Presidency’s programme (2 September 2019)

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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.

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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