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2.4.2019 : Need support for implementing PCP or PPI? Apply now to receive assistance!

ICLEI - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 15:37

The European Assistance for Innovation Procurement initiative supports public procurers across Europe to launch new PCP and PPI procurements of ICT solutions.


Currently, the eafip initiative seeks to receive applications from public procurers of all EU Member States to support the implementation of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Procurement of Innovative Solution (PPI).


During 2019, at least three new innovation procurements of ICT based solutions will be selected to benefit from technical and/or legal local assistance free of charge. Priority will be given to those innovation procurements of high impact ICT solutions such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity. The EAFIP also welcomes innovation procurements (PCP and PPI) under national digital/ICT strategies.


In addition, the initiative provides online resources, tools and webinars. Find out more here.


Apply for assistance here.


The deadline to apply is 15 May 2019.


 

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19.3.2019 : Meet the Procurement Transformation Institute - P2I

ICLEI - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 15:29

The Procure 2 Innovate Project (P2I) connects competence centres for innovation procurement across Europe. One of the network members is the Procurement Transformation Institute (PTI hereafter). A recent interview with Ingrid de Doncker, founder of PTI (Ireland) gives insight on the Irish context of Innovation procurement and on the role of the newly established Institute.


PTI’s Vision is to be the Performance Hub for procurement in Ireland, for the advancement of the profession towards achieving best value for money decisions for People, Profit, Planet by developing Ireland’s current and future talent pool. “This challenge of innovation is being addressed by the PTI as an integrated Procurement Competency Centre”, says de Doncker. This is critical, as “in Ireland, there is currently no consistent approach in how decision-makers identify, recruit, develop and measure procurement competencies to continuously deliver agility, innovation and value for their organisations.”


PTI has already taken a leading role in collaborating with all stakeholders in Ireland to advance procurement excellence and becoming the Irish gateway for European engagement in procurement innovation. The PTI has created a community that fosters peer-to-peer learning, innovation, social inclusion and sustainable solutions.


Read the full interview here.

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7.3.2019 : Win €10,000 to fund your next innovative and sustainable procurement actions

ICLEI - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 15:54

Innovative and sustainable procurement actions working towards socio-economic, socio-cultural or technological transformation, especially those which showcase the use of public procurement as an instrument to accelerate the market introduction of innovative and sustainable technologies, are invited to apply for the 2019 Transformative Action Award.


The winner of which will receive a prize of €10,000 to help initiate further transformative actions in their city or region.


The award, co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Country, and the City of Aalborg (Denmark) and supported by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), rewards ongoing or concluded Transformative Actions that use the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and technological transformation of societies.


Last year's winner, Procura+ participant City of Ghent, won for their work to transform the city’s local food system, which included making food procurement more sustainable, scaling up short food supply chains and and other participative governance actions.


Current or concluded actions in the field of procurement can apply for the award by the closing date of 31 July 2019. For more information and to apply for the award, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.

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28.2.2019 : Vacancy: ICLEI's Economy and Procurement team seeks Sustainable Construction Officer!

ICLEI - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 09:36

The Sustainable Economy and Procurement team at ICLEI is looking to fill the position of Sustainable Construction Officer at its European Secretariat in Freiburg (Germany).


ICLEI's Sustainable Economy and Procurement team has been working on the topics of sustainable, strategic and innovation procurement for 22 years. In more recent years our work has expanded to cover the topic of  circular local economies. The team offers support to public authorities in implementation activities, spreading awareness of the concepts, developing new approaches, capacity building and encouraging policy developments at the European and international level.


This brand new position has been created to develop ICLEI's work on sustainable construction - in particular in relation to the circular economy - and support the delivery of sustainable and innovation procurement projects.


The deadline for applications is 25 March 2019. The description of the position and information on how to apply can be found on the ICLEI jobs page.


We look forward to your application!

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21.2.2019 : New InnoBrokers to connect procurers to innovative suppliers

ICLEI - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 08:45

Innovation Procurement Brokers (or InnoBrokers for short) is an exciting new project which aims to facilitate the procurement of innovative goods and services by strengthening the links between public buyers on the demand side and innovative companies on the supply side.


The public sector is a powerful market actor. It can trigger the demand for innovative solutions that do not exist yet, and that afterwards will be available for the whole market. InnoBrokers will support public buyers to identify their needs and, once ready, connect the, with SMEs and start-ups able to develop innovative solutions responding to their requirements.


A total of five procurement innovation broker schemes will be piloted in the Upper Austria Region, Denmark, North Rhine Westfalia (Germany), Ireland and Andalusia (Spain), then scaled up to a European level.


If you are interested in boosting your innovation potential, why not explore a collaboration with InnoBrokers! To learn more, download the InnoBrokers leaflet, or contact the InnoBrokers team.

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13.2.2019 : Guidance on Innovation Procurement now available in all EU languages

ICLEI - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:42

The European Commission's DG Grow has published its guidance on innovative public procurement in all EU languages.


The Guidance on Innovation Procurement focuses on the fundamental aspects of  innovation procurement - why it is important, who should be interested, and most importantly, how it can be done - and shows how different procurement procedures can be used to find innovative solutions to society's most pressing challenges.


The guide includes good practice examples, and aims to help public procurers with a range of practical issues and innovation procurement mechanisms, including competitive dialogue, design contests, and pre-commercial procurement (PCP).


The Guide was first published in May 2018, and can be accessed in all languages here.

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7.2.2019 : Further €56m EU funding to support innovation procurement projects

ICLEI - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 17:13

The European Union  is currently accepting proposals for projects in the innovation procurement area.


In total, €56m is available, including an open call for funding which offers 90% co-financing for pre-commercial procurements (PCPs) of ICT solutions (€6m), a health care call offering 30% co-financing for procuring digital innovative solutions for an aging society (€10m) and 90% co-financing for PCPs of next generation sequencing for routine diagnostics (€40m.


Horizon 2020 - one of Europe's largest ever funding programmes - aims to encourage research and innovation activities in Europe, for the development of smart, sustainable solutions to key societal challenges.


For more information on current calls and deadlines, visit the European Commission's website.

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29.1.2019 : Back on track - new EU GPP criteria for Road Transport

ICLEI - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:47

The European Commission has just published new voluntary EU green public procurement (GPP) criteria for Road Transport. The use of these criteria has the potential to considerably reduce environmental impacts from road transport as the criteria are designed to make it easier for public authorities to purchase goods, services and works through tender processes that for instance require:



• criteria on type-approval CO2 emissions for cars and light commercial vehicles, and specific technologies for heavy-duty vehicles and L-category vehicles;
• criteria for energy efficiency for electric cars and light commercial vehicles;
• criteria on battery warranties;
• criteria on vehicle and tyres noise emissions;
• key competencies and the application of key environmental management measures and practices from service providers;
• adequate and frequent training for the staff of service providers.

The new framework distinguishes between ‘Core’ and ‘Comprehensive’ criteria, making GPP more accessible for public authorities operating in different procurement contexts. Core criteria which allow for easy application of GPP, focusing on the key area (s) of environmental performance of a product and aimed at keeping administrative costs for companies to a minimum. Comprehensive criteria which take into account or higher levels of environmental performance, for use by authorities that want to go further in supporting environmental and innovation goals.


Read the full document here.


Learn more about EU GPP Criteria here.

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