Public procurement

Strategic Public Procurement: Achieving Innovation, Green and Social Dimensions

This course covers the why, the how, and the what of strategic procurement, with a focus on innovative, green, and social public procurement. It aims to assist public sector organisations to better serving their citizens.

About this course

  • How can we implement strategic procurement while complying with all the legal requirements?
  • How to embed innovative, green and social aspects for buying goods, works and services?
  • What types of procedures are best suited to promote innovation strategically?
  • How strategic public procurement can help to tackle challenges public authorities are dealing with, such as sustainable economic recovery, green energy, transition to circular economy, create new jobs?
  • What funds are available to support strategic public buying?

This comprehensive course offers a repository of answers to these critical inquiries and more, equipping you with pragmatic solutions. Elevate your competency in strategising, executing, and evaluating public procurement decisions through this immersive learning experience.

Over a concise two-day period, immerse yourself in the strategic utilisation of procurement methodologies. Engage with industry practitioners presenting diverse case examples, providing invaluable insights. Analyse real-world scenarios to glean essential practices while navigating the nuanced landscape of compliant strategic procurement. Optimise the utilisation of public funds while adhering to regulations, uncovering the blueprint for maximising their efficacy.

This course is part of EIPA’s esteemed European Certification programme for public procurement professionals. See here for further details regarding the certification programme and benefits thereof, securing your pathway to mastery in the realm of public procurement.

What you will learn

Throughout this course, you will acquire a wealth of knowledge, skills, and methodologies encompassing:

  • Insight into the fundamental concepts of innovative, green, and socially conscious procurement strategies.
  • Mastery of the principles and regulatory frameworks crucial for ensuring compliance in procurement practices.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the procurement process, spanning from initial needs assessment to meticulous final evaluation.
  • Invaluable dos and don’ts guidelines for navigating the intricacies of daily procurement practices effectively.
  • Profound insights into the various funding sources available to finance and support innovative, environmentally sustainable, and socially responsible procurement initiatives across Europe.

Course methodology/highlights

Led by seasoned experts boasting extensive expertise in public procurement, specifically within the realms of innovative, green, and socially conscious practices, this course promises unparalleled insights. These luminaries bring decades of research and practical involvement, amplifying the depth of knowledge shared.

Moreover, the course will be enriched by the firsthand experiences of civil servants actively engaged in implementing strategic procurement across various countries and agencies. These practitioners will share invaluable insights gleaned from their hands-on involvement, offering real-world perspectives and invaluable lessons learned from the field.

The course delivery methodology is designed to captivate and engage. It incorporates interactive presentations that vividly showcase practical examples, offering tangible illustrations of concepts in action. Quick polls will reinforce understanding, consolidating key concepts effectively. Additionally, interactive group exercises will foster collaborative learning, allowing participants to apply their newfound knowledge in simulated scenarios, enhancing practical skills.

Following the course, you will receive comprehensive slides along with supplementary learning materials, and a wealth of online resources that the experts used throughout the course. These assets are tailored to facilitate the application of your freshly acquired knowledge and skills directly to your professional endeavours.

Additionally, for those aiming to validate their learning further, please click here for the exam opportunity at the end of this course.

This course is intended for policymakers and public officials from national and sub-national administrations, regional, local public authorities and other bodies awarding public contracts in EU Member States, candidate countries and beyond.

It covers those from European institutions and organisations, and from international organisations based in the EU and their professional advisers.

It will particularly benefit those with a good understanding of public procurement issues who wish to improve their knowledge and skills to make strategic contracts in their acquisition of goods and services, and who wish to discuss practical issues relevant to procurements in progress or about to be launched.

Course venue
European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
O.L. Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE, Maastricht
the Netherlands

Programme Organiser
Ms Belinda Vetter
Tel: +31 43 3296382

The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

EIPA member fee
EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Early bird discount
The early bird discount is not cumulative with other discounts or promo codes, except for the EIPA member fee.

Loyalty coupon
As a token of appreciation we offer all our participants a loyalty coupon for one of our future courses. The offer can be shared with colleagues and relevant networks. The coupon will expire one year after its release. This discount is not cumulative with other discounts, except for the EIPA member fee.

Dietary preferences can be indicated on the registration form.

Hotel reservations
EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. The hotels are within walking distance from EIPA. If you wish to take advantage of this option, please click on the hotel name to book directly using the link. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out.

Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.).

A few days before the start of the course you will receive the log-in details for accessing the course materials. You can log in here.

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Our experts

Gracia Vara Arribas
Project leader

Gracia Vara Arribas

EU Law and Public Procurement, EU Governance, Head of the European CAF Resource Centre

Valentina Schippers-Opejko

Urban Agenda Partnership on Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement; Eurocities Working Group on Public Procurement
Martin Unfried

Martin Unfried

ITEM, Maastricht University
EU environmental, regional and cross-border policies


09.00Opening of the first day of the course: Introduction to the objectives and working methodology
Introduction to the EIPA’s certification for Public Procurement professionals
Tour de table: participants introduce themselves (in preparation for networking opportunities later)
Gracia Vara Arribas, EIPA expert and project leader – Event coordinator and moderator
09.15The case ‘Government buys innovation’ GBI: EPSA award winner 2021
Frederic Baervoets, Manager Innovation lab Nido, FPS BOSA – Federal Public Service Policy & Support (BE)
10.30Coffee break
11.00The role of Green Public Procurement and its links with innovation procurement: Presentation of best practices
Martin Unfried, Expert, ITEM Institute, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, Maastricht (NL)
12.00Pre-commercial procurement, PP of innovation and the innovation partnership: legal basis, definitions and examples
Gracia Vara Arribas
14.00Public procurement of innovation: How to support transition to circular economy, stimulate economic recovery and create a sustainable (local) energy market?
Using practical examples from the city of Haarlem (NL)
Valentina Schippers-Opejko, Coordinator Urban Agenda Partnership, Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement, City of Haarlem (NL) and Chair of Eurocities Public Procurement Expert
15.15The challenges of strategic public procurement in crisis times: Definitions and tools
Beatriz Gomez Farinas, Senior Legal Procurement Consultant, Corvers Procurement Services, B.V. (NL)
16.15Experience-sharing forum:
Participants will be asked to discuss the lessons learned and their implementation strategy in pairs and develop action plans for their organisations
Case analysis in groups and presentations in plenary
Valentina Schippers-Opejko
17.15End of day 1
09.00Opening of the second day of the course: Summary of lessons learned day 1
Gracia Vara Arribas
09.15Strategic use of Value Engineering in Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI)
Ana Lucia Jaramillo Villacis, Senior Legal Procurement Researcher, Corvers Procurement Services B.V. (NL)
10.15Gender responsive Public Procurement in the EU: Presentation of the EU Report by the European Institute for Gender Equality
Gender equality promoted through public procurement
Presentation & Practical exercise
Valentina Schippers-Opejko
Exercise on Gender Procurement
11.15Coffee break
11.45Socially responsible public procurement: case studies
Valentina Schippers-Opejko
Exercises on social procurement
14.00The European Union (including the European Innovation Council) financial support to the implementation of strategic public procurement focused on innovation. Examples of successful innovation and green procurement
Ana Lucia Jaramillo Villacis
15.00The new Structural Funds and Recovery Plans: a unique opportunity to deliver Strategic Procurement – case studies
Valentina Schippers-Opejko
16.15ExaminationOnly for those participating in the exam
17.30End of the course

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Strategic Public Procurement: Achieving Innovation, Green and Social Dimensions

22 Feb 2024 - 23 Feb 2024
Maastricht (NL)
Register before: 21 Feb 2024

Simultaneous interpretation can be offered. Contact the programme organizer for more information and conditions.

 1.080 per attendee
 970 for EIPA members
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Discount policy

EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?

Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Early bird discount

For a limited number of training courses, EIPA offers an early bird discount.

For more information please contact us.

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