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Office International de l'Eau

Office International de l’Eau (OIEau)

OIEau is an independent non-profit-making organization whose principal aim is to develop skills for improving water and river management. OIEau’s main spheres of activity are:

  • Institutional development for water management
  • Management of the French water data standardization and interoperability structure
  • Continuous Education and Training in all water vocations
  • Documentation and information concerning water
  • Facilitation of networks of water stakeholders

Its annual turn-over is 14.8 MEuros (2012), and it employs 110 staff.

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Dissemination - Link with water organizations – Production of eLearning and training materials – Collection of information in OECD countries - Management of the project


François Touchais
Project coordinator
+33 (0)5 55 11 47 58

Central Procurement Company (ARCA)

The Central Procurement Company (ARCA) operates in Lombardy (more than 9,9 million of inhabitants, and the Italian region with the highest number of municipalities – 1,547). Set up in 2007 as the direction “Centrale Regionale Acquisti” of “Lombardia Informatica ltd”, 100% owned by the Region, from April 2014, ARCA is set up as a Public stock company.

At present, there are more than 200 Public Institutions that buy goods and services from the tendering procedures published by the Company.

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Dissemination - Production of awareness raising materials – Implementation of pilot procurement of innovation


Elena Innocenzi

University of Zaragoza (UniZar)

The research team involved in the project will be made up of the researchers linked to the Spanish Observatory of Public Procurement, located at the Law School of the University of Zaragoza. UNIZAR coordinates this think tank that involves academic members from several Spanish Universities, who have focused their research on public procurement, and professionals, including members of advisory committees of regional and state governments.

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Dissemination - Production of eLearning and training materials – Collection of information in EU and OECD countries – Coaching of pilot innovative procurers in Spain


Miguel Angel BERNAL BLAY

ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH (ICLEI Europe)

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an international membership network embracing over 1,000 cities, towns, counties, regions and their associations, of which some 200 are located in Europe. ICLEI works with these and numerous other local governments through performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programmes to achieve tangible improvements in global environmental and sustainable urban development.

ICLEI’s European Secretariat provides technical consulting, training, thematic events and information services to build capacity, share knowledge and support local and regional governments in the implementation of sustainable development, incl. Sustainable Procurement, and Sustainable Urban Water Management

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Develop case studies - Establish and manage a platform to support the network of public procurers - Identify potential cities/policy makers to participate in the process – Dissemination


Barbara ANTON

Agenzia Regionale per la Tecnologia e l'Innovazione - Regione Puglia (ARTI)

Established in 2004 by Apulia Region (Regional Law no.1/2004), ARTI became fully operative in 2005. ARTI is a main tool to realize the specific objectives set in the Puglia Region Innovation Strategy, based on the role of Research and Innovation for economic growth and social cohesion.

Today, its vision can be described as follows: “to become the agoras of innovation In Apulia”. Therefore, ARTI’s activity aims at promoting and satisfying both the demand for innovation expressed by enterprises and local productive systems and the qualification of human resources, its main function being the strengthening of the regional innovation players and of the relationships among them, in order to help and develop technological transfer from research to industry. In line with the national and European policies, the Agency concurs to the sustainable growth of Apulia, by promoting a network of relationships and exchanges among those involved in the creation and use of new knowledge and new technologies and by stimulating and encouraging innovative behaviors in the region. While operating in these lines of activity, ARTI develops actions and projects partially financed by regional, national and European funds.

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Dissemination – Link with the EIP Water – Implementation of pilot procurement of innovation



Technical Research Centre (VTT)

VTT is a multi technological research organization providing high-end technology solutions and innovation services. From its wide knowledge base, VTT can combine different technologies, create new innovations and a wide range of world-class technologies and applied research services, thus improving its clients’ competitiveness and competence. VTT Group is the largest public applied research institution in Northern Europe with a staff of 3,200 and turnover M€316 (2012).

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Dissemination - Production of ETV related materials – Coaching of pilot procurement of innovation in Finland



Stichting Deltares (Deltares)

Deltares is the Dutch national institute for applied geophysical, ecological and policy-related research and development applied to and in delta areas. The mission of Deltares is to develop, acquire, apply and disseminate integral, multidisciplinary knowledge and knowledge products related to living and working in delta (coastal, estuarine and riverine) areas, on an internationally leading level. With this, Deltares supports public authorities, private parties and society in their operations and ambitions, related to sustainable development of delta regions and adjacent areas.

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Quality Assurance scheme – inputs in WP1 on practices in NL Support to Rotterdam case during the pilot activities


Michiel BLIND

The European House – Ambrosetti SpA (TEHA)

TEHA is a consultancy firm that has developed services, tools and innovative method to develop companies/public administration and that has developed a leadership position in Italy within the specific area of pre-commercial public procurement and procurement of innovative solution. By the initiative of TEH-Ambrosetti, the delineation of the framework for carrying out PCP in Italy started in 2007, following the EC's definition of the PCP concept and having activated a pragmatic discussion with the public and private sector in Italy to develop a knowledge base about possible implementation scenarios.

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Expertise - Production of reference materials – Collection of information in EU and OECD countries – Coaching of pilot innovative procurers in Italy



Water supply and sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP)

WssTP is the Water supply and sanitation Technology Platform, initiated by the European Commission in 2004 to promote coordination and collaboration of Research and Technology Development in the water industry. WssTP provides strategic answers for the water research future challenges and has 70 members and 210 contributors from Industries, Academics, Research, Policy Makers and Water Utilities.

WssTP is led by industries in collaboration with academics, research organizations and water users to improve efficiency and financial opportunities in the sector. The board of directors of WssTP is currently drawn from across various European countries and represents industry, academia, research centers, public utilities and water users.

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Dissemination – Link with the Supply side – Collection of information in EU countries –



Aqua Publica Europea (APE)

APE is a Belgium-based non-profit making international association which brings together public utilities (and their regional/national associations) from different European Countries. Overall, its members provide water and sanitation services to over 40 million European citizens, including some important cities, such as Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Milan and Lisbon region.

APE’s main objective is to promote technological cooperation and best practices exchange among members, with a view to enhancing their industrial performances and the quality of services they provide to end users.

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Dissemination – Link with public water utilities – Collection of information in EU and OECD countries



Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Knowledge Transfer Network is the UK’s Innovation Network. KTN connects people to speed up innovation, solve problems and find markets for new ideas.
Established by Innovate UK to build better links between science, creativity and business, the Knowledge Transfer Network has specialist teams covering all significant sectors of the economy. Our expertise in connecting sectors, disciplines and skills with the right collaborations and business approach is what helps unlock the tremendous hidden value in people and companies.
Working with large and small companies, government agencies and research organisations, with tech hubs and startups, public funding bodies, VCs and private investors, KTN has built a unique network that helps enterprising people and companies reach the full potential of their innovative capabilities.

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Dissemination -– Collection of information in UK – Coaching of pilot innovative procurers in UK



City of Rotterdam

The city of Rotterdam has the largest port in Europe, and is one of Europe’s biggest logistics hubs. To adapt with the changing climate, Rotterdam needs to redevelop the city and undertake the necessary climate adaptive measures. The Rijnhaven development, a 22ha redevelopment starting in 2015, will be a pilot case where an innovative procurement scheme is used which strongly relates to ´best value procurement´.

Furthermore the city is partnering in several private-public innovation projects. These include the Rotterdam Innovative Nutrients Energy Water plant (pilot plant to close the water cycle in an innovative and durable way through the re-use of effluent water).

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Knowledge dissemination – Use the knowledge from within this project for own procurement methods. Providing cases


Dick Dekreek