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16 February 2017

Eco-Innovation Observatory issues 2016 Circular Economy report

The Eco-Innovation Observatory has highlighted 32 best practice examples from EU member states on how the circular economy is being implemented at the EU and national levels.

The report, entitled Policies and Practices for Eco-Innovation and Circular Economy Transition, focuses on how understanding of the circular economy concept has evolved in EU member states. The challenge of stimulating both top-down and bottom-up mainstreaming of eco-innovative measures, and how countries' comparative eco-innovation policies and practices are measured is explored. EU and Global eco-innovation scoreboards are used to present cross-country comparisons of circular economy and innovation measures.

Findings include an increasing prioritisation of eco-innovative policy at the national and local levels across Europe, but also that current economic indicators do not fully measure the impact of circular economy approaches.

To download the full report, visit


14 February 2017

Brussels training to look at financing renewable energy in cities and regions

A session run by the EU-funded INFINITE Solutions project will train participants on how to develop and implement innovative financing schemes for sustainable energy measures. The training will take place on 23 February in Brussels (Belgium) and will draw on the outcomes of the INFINITE Solutions project, which is coming to an end after three years.

For many cities and regions, financing a transition to renewable energy is extremely challenging, with many struggling to cover the cost using the municipal budget alone. This training will show local and regional authorities how they can try out new financing mechanisms, business models, and organisational structures and partnerships to get their sustainable energy project off the ground.

The training is open to representatives of national public authorities and energy agencies, European and national associations of local authorities, local and regional authorities and their energy agencies, financing institutions, and more. The number of participants is limited, so early registration is recommended.

For more information, visit


10 February 2017

Action plan aims to recycle or reuse 70 percent of plastic globally

A new action plan has been released that if implemented would see 70 percent of plastic packaging reused and recycled globally. Already the plan, laid out in the report The New Plastics Economy: Catalysing action, has been endorsed by more than 40 industry leaders. The report was produced by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The plan additionally calls for the remaining 30 percent of plastics to be redesigned. A transitions strategy outlines how plastics design could better facilitate recycling and re-use, such as through replacing single-use plastic bags with reusable alternatives. Without a redesign, warns the report, plastics will continue to clog up land-fill sites or require incineration.

"The plan puts innovation at the heart of a strategy that could shift the entire system while unlocking a billion dollar business opportunity. Alignment along value chains and between the public and private sector is key to this," said Dominic Waughray of the World Economic Forum.

For more information, visit


8 February 2017

Procurement law conference to look at impact of Brexit and TTIP

The Annual Conference on European Public Procurement Law 2017, set to take place from 30-31 of March 2017 in Trier (Germany), will bring together legal practitioners from across the continent to discuss the latest legislative and jurisprudential developments in the field of procurement.

Key conference topics include the implementation of the new procurement directives, and the anticipated impact of TTIP, CETA and Brexit on public procurement within the EU. Lawyers in private practice, in-house counsel, ministry officials and other civil servants dealing with public procurement matters are invited to attend.

Speakers at the event include Marc Gabriel, Chair of the European Public Procurement Group; Patricia Anna Eyckmans, Legal Advisor for the European Medicines Agency; and Philipp Tepper, Coordinator, Sustainable Economy and Procurement, ICLEI.

For more information, visit


3 February 2017

Unmet needs in the healthcare sector identified by EPP e-Health project

A joint statement of unmet needs in the European healthcare sector has been published by the EU-funded EPP-eHealth project. The recently ended project additionally released a Public Procurement of Innovation solutions (PPI) strategy for eHealth, established a network of procurement organisations operating in the sector, and mapped out EU initiatives and funding opportunities.

Unmet needs in the sector include patient empowerment through telemedicine and tailored apps, extraction of data in electronic health records, and advancing clinical imaging solutions. The needs were identified by the four healthcare institutions involved in the project.

The PPI Strategy for eHealth summarises the lessons learned by the project, identifying measures needed to accelerate the development and adoption of 'market-ready' eHealth solutions. The project also launched a matchmaking tool that pairs suppliers operating in the field with those procurers that have an unmet need. It additionally allows suppliers to find partners to take part in proposal bids.

For more information, visit


1 February 2017

Final days to apply for innovation procurement support

The eafip initiative is offering 12 public procurers from EU Member States the chance to gain targeted assistance in implementing innovation procurement activities (both pre-commercial procurement and public procurement of innovation). Selected procurers will be provided with legal assistance to guide them through the start-up and implementation of an innovation procurement process. Assistance includes one-to-one meetings, support by email, hands-on guidance and individual support. Assistance is provided in the local language of the procurer.

Procurers will be selected based on four criteria: concrete interest and commitment to starting a PCP or PPI project, the potential impact of the procurement, geographical balance of the cases across EU Member States, and level of experience in the implementation of innovation procurement projects.

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2017. To take part, applicants must complete an online questionnaire. The EU-funded eafip initiative aims to promote innovation procurement and provide assistance to public procurers to help them carry out the procurement of innovative ICT based solutions.

For more information and to apply, visit the eafip website.


27 January 2017

Water PiPP releases recommendations for Innovation Oriented Public Procurement

Policy recommendations on expanding Innovation Oriented Public Procurement (IOPP) in the water sector have been compiled by the EU-funded Water PiPP project. The recommendations are targeted at policy-makers at the European level, specifically those involved in the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) and other stakeholders interested in water innovation policies.

EIP Water facilitates the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges. Recommendations include that public organisations increase IOPP expertise, clarify Intellectual Property Rights, and support Pre-Commercial Procurement.

The authors also call for enhanced competition in the sector, writing: "At the PCP level [organisations] must enhance competition at all stages of the procurement phase, which optimises further development of the selected solution(s) through complementary expertise and learning by interaction windows within the competition framework." The document is a result of the lessons learned throughout the duration of the project.

To view the document in English and Italian, visit the project website.


25 January 2017

SPP Regions project encourages regional networks to join

New and established regional procurement networks looking to gain access to useful resources and networking opportunities are invited to join the EU-funded SPP Regions project. By joining the project, procurers will be put in touch with other networks from across Europe, allowing them to learn from others’ experience of implementing sustainable and innovative procurement and to share their own.

All regional networks that include municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI) are encouraged to join. New members will be alongside the seven European regional networks that are already working closely with the project. SPP Regions offers support with developing networks, assistance with sustainable tendering, access to specialist workshops and webinars and mentoring from existing SPP Regions Networks.

Regional networks are extremely helpful in developing a successful sustainable procurement strategy, as they allow public authorities to learn from others’ good practice. They also enable procurers to develop a regional supply base, increase influence through joint market engagement and benefit from economies of scale through joint procurement.

For more information, visit If you are interested in joining SPP Regions as a regional network, contact:


20 January 2017

PPI4Waste newsletter looks at managing risks when procuring innovation

The fourth PPI4Waste newsletter has been published, providing an overview of the EU-funded project's work to promote public procurement of innovation (PPI) within the waste sector. The lead article looks at the project's efforts to identify and assess risks in PPI by creating a “risk map”, which will assess the likelihood of a problem occurring, what the consequences will be, and how to react.

Upcoming training opportunities in Germany, Spain, Croatia and Sweden are also outlined. The training workshops will help to build capacity in PPI and will show how this can be applied within the municipal waste sector.

The newsletter additionally provides an overview of interesting items posted on the PPI4Waste Interest Group on the Procurement Forum, a networking space for procurers and stakeholders from around Europe. Details of upcoming tasks in the PPI4Waste project conclude the newsletter.

To view the newsletter, click here.


18 January 2017

STOP and GO opens market consultation on elderly healthcare tender

The EU-funded STOP and GO project will soon publish a call for tenders to procure technological and organisational services to support health workers in the planning, management and provision of home care services for patients with chronic diseases. Through the tender, the project intends to find solutions that will facilitate the exchange of information between professionals involved in the care process, and that will deliver telemedicine services to patients with chronic diseases.

To come to a complete definition of the tender, an open market consultation has been launched. Information from the market is sought on solutions already available and exploitable in an innovative way in the health sector, the strengths and the weaknesses of procuring such innovative services, and the best way to implement a pay-per-performance approach.

Public procurers from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom are involved in the project, which aims to use public procurement of innovation to develop innovative care models for the elderly.

For more information on taking part in the market consultation, visit [in Italian].