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Strategic Public Procurement: Achieving Innovation, Green and Social Dimensions
- 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?
You will find answers to these and many other practical questions with this online course, while enhancing your ability to plan, implement and evaluate your public procurement decisions.
Over two days you will learn how to use procurement strategically, by going through different case examples with practitioners presenting their cases. The overview of real examples will shed light on the dos and don’ts of buying strategically while complying with the rules, and making the best use of public money.
This course is part of the programme for obtaining EIPA’s European Certification for public procurement professionals. See more information here.
What you will learn
You will gain knowledge, skills and methods on:
- concepts of innovative, green and social procurement;
- principles and rules for compliance;
- phases of the process, from needs assessment to final evaluation;
- dos and don’ts in daily practice;
- funds available for financing innovative, green and social procurement in Europe.
The course will be led by experts who have decades of research and practical experience in public procurement in general and in innovative, green and social public procurement in particular. Civil servants implementing strategic procurement in different countries and agencies will present their hands-on experience and the lessons learned.
The course delivery will combine interactive presentations showcasing practical examples, quick polls to consolidate concepts and interactive group exercises.
You will be given the slides as well as additional learning material and online resources to help you apply your new knowledge and skills to your work.
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.
European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
O.L. Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE, Maastricht
Ms Belinda Vetter
Tel: +31 43 3296382
The fee includes documentation, refreshments and lunches. 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.
Dietary preferences can be indicated on the registration form.
EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. The hotels are within 10 minutes walking distance from EIPA. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. 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.
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.).
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|09.00||Opening 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
|IMPACT PUBLIC PROCUREMENT *INNOVATION & GREEN|
|09.15||The challenges of strategic public procurement in crisis times: Definitions and tools
|10.15||Pre-commercial procurement, PP of innovation and the innovation partnership: legal basis, definitions and examples
Gracia Vara Arribas
|11.45||The case ‘Government buys innovation’ GBI: EPSA award winner 2021 – Debate
Frederic Baervoets, Project leader GBI, BOSA (BE)
|14.00||Public 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
|15.15||The 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)
|Transfer to smaller working rooms|
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
|17.15||End of day 1|
|IMPACT PUBLIC PROCUREMENT: SOCIAL & GENDER|
|09.00||Opening of the second day of the course: Summary of lessons learned day 1
Gracia Vara Arribas
|09.15||Socially responsible public procurement: case studies
|10.15||Gender equality promoted through public procurement
Practical exercise in breakout rooms. Presentation in plenary
|11.45||Transfer to smaller working rooms|
|Exercises on social and gender procurement|
|Presentation of results in plenary
|THE EUROPEAN UNION FINANCIAL SUPPORT|
|14.00||The 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
Vassilis Tsanidis, European Innovation Council (EIC)
|15.00||Transfer to smaller working rooms|
|The new Structural Funds and Recovery Plans: a unique opportunity to deliver Strategic Procurement – case studies
Vassilis Tsanidis, European Innovation Council (EIC)
|16.15||Examination – Only for those participating in the exam|
|17.30||End of the course|
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