Public procurement can be a key tool in driving the development of innovative solutions in Europe. The European Commission has recently issued guidance on the participation of third country bidders in the EU’s procurement market. This guidance provides practical advice on how to use the EU’s flexible public procurement framework to set and enforce high social, environmental and other quality standards for all bidders, regardless of their origin. Together with the ex-ante advisory mechanism for large infrastructure projects, the guidance provides assistance to public buyers on how to best structure procurement procedures to deliver successful infrastructure projects.
Electronics Watch holds an annual conference in December each year. This is the only conference in Europe that focuses on connecting leading practitioners of socially responsible public procurement with labour rights monitoring partners from electronics production regions globally. Public buyers hear directly from these monitors about workers’ experiences and conditions in their own supply chains. This immediate connection to the reality on the ground is vital to improving social responsibility in supply chains and to making a difference for workers and their communities.
Today, there are lots of pressures for more sustainable food systems as a result of dietary changes, growing environmental awareness and an overall demand for healthier food. Public procurement and catering services can serve as trailblazers to respond to these pressures. This two-day Baltic Sea Region Stakeholder Round Table Event is an international event that aims to bring together public procurers, catering service providers, public authorities, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders from different countries to co-learn about the current situation and to co-develop innovative strategies for the future! The event will be in English.
The scope of NPP 2019 is to give you thorough insight on the implications of the EU Public Procurement Directives, access to the latest research, knowledge and inspiration through relevant case experiences and an update on recent developments in case law of the Court of Justice in the field of PP.
How can public authorities help to advance the bioeconomy through their purchasing decisions? An EU-funded project has produced a handbook and tools for procurers to support a shift towards greater sustainability.
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.
The Council stresses in its conclusions that further ambitious efforts are needed to stimulate a systemic transition to a sustainable society. The circular economy is an important driver for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, respecting the planetary boundaries as well as reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
A summary of the hearing is now available.