In October 2019, EIT Climate-KIC representatives have attended the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen and shared their insights on Master Class and Market Dialogue for Clean and Healthy Construction.
To mark the European Week of Waste Reduction, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) gave the initiative its full support and called for a cultural shift to reduce waste production in the EU. The EESC has undertaken a number of initiatives to reduce its own waste production and has addressed this topic in several opinions, as well as being a key partner in the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.
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.