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3 - 5 June 2014


Green Week 2014

Circular economy – saving resources, creating jobs

Brussels, Belgium
The Egg Conference Centre, Rue Bara

The 2014 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, will take place from 3 to 5 June at The Egg Conference Centre, Rue Bara, in Brussels. The theme will be Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency and Waste.

A circular economy is the logical solution for a resource-constrained world. It's a place where almost nothing is wasted, where the re-use and remanufacturing of products has become standard practice, and where sustainability is built into the fabric of society. In 2014 the Commission will set out new proposals enabling Europe to unlock the potential of the circular economy, underlining the need to change our way of thinking about design. There will also be a focus on better waste management, and on how it can help the EU use its resources more efficiently.

Green Week offers a unique opportunity for debate and exchange. Over the past decade, the conference has established itself as an unmissable event for anyone involved with protecting the environment. The 2013 edition attracted some 2.100 participants from government, business and industry, non-governmental organisations, academia and the media.

For more details on the programme and to register, go to the Green Week website.

16 - 17 June 2014


GreenXpo Dialogue on Eco-Innovation

Brussels, Belgium

Policy makers, practitioners in economic development and experts in eco-innovation are all invited to a Dialogue on Eco-Innovation, taking place in Brussels on June 16 and 17 2014.

The workshop forms part of the greenXpo project, which promotes eco-innovation in Europe's key industrial sectors through products such as the InnovationSeeds portal, a user-friendly source of knowledge and case studies on procurement of eco-innovation.

The overall objective of the Dialogue on Eco-Innovation is to create and promote a cross-stakeholder knowledge exchange with the aim of greening value chains within the industrial sector. Participants will be invited to exchange views on a variety of topics, including innovation for greening industrial value chains, the take-up of eco-innovation in regional strategies (including public procurement) and how regional public authorities and intermediary organisations can promote the uptake of eco-innovation in industrial sectors.

Other issues under discussion include opportunities and barriers for eco-innovation along the value chain, reasons for including eco-innovation within regional strategy priorities and overcoming difficulties this might bring up, and the best public support service tools available to help the development of eco-innovation.

Further information, including information on how to register, and the full agenda, is available here.

20 June 2014


3rd Annual Conference on Public Procurement

Smart Public Procurement: Efficient Management through e-Procurement

Athens, Greece
Megaron – Athens International Conference Centre, Vass. Sofias & Kokkali, GR-115 21

Registration is now open for the third annual conference on public procurement in Athens (Greece) on 20 June 2014. Hosted by the Greek Presidency of the EU in partnership with the EU Commission, the conference follows the recent adoption of the revised legislation on public procurement and the directive on e-invoicing in public procurement. It will look at the potential for increasing efficiency and preventing corruption offered by smarter e-procurement processes.

Smart procurement means lean and transparent procedures, less bureaucracy, a high level of professionalism, best value for money for public buyers and easy access for economic operators to public procurement. End-to-end e-procurement is an essential contributor to achieve these overarching objectives.

Participants are requested to register interest in attending by 15 May. Places will be confirmed by 20 May, with no charges for the conference workshops. Travel and accommodation expenses, however, must be covered by the attendee.

25 - 26 June 2014


Med-Tech Innovation Conference & Exhibition 2014 Ireland

Athlone, Ireland
Sheraton Athlone Hotel

The event will focus on the latest cutting edge research, technology and innovation being driven from one of the leading clusters of medical device and diagnostic manufacturers in the world.

This high level conference combined with an exhibition that will showcase some of the most cutting edge technology, products, materials and services from leading established med-tech suppliers is sure to make this unique event a success for all concerned.

26 - 27 June 2014


Bridge the Innovation Gap by Innovation Procurement

Brussels, Belgium

Public procurement makes up nearly a fifth of GDP in the European Union, providing a huge potential market for innovative products and services. Several EU Cities and Regions have participated successfully in a pioneering set of programmes with European public sector partners to spread best practice in new approaches for the procurement of R&D, innovative products and services.

This high-level event will offer an opportunity to hear first-hand from the Committee of Regions, the European Parliament, the European Commission and Cities and Regions how they are supporting the implementation of Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) and Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP). In other words, how public purchasers are enabled to buy better and/or cheaper products and services while at the same time boosting innovation. From a European perspective, European Commission services will present 2015 calls for proposals as well as future financial instruments (Horizon 2020, CEF, Structural funds 2014-2020) to support the demand for innovation and innovative procurement.

The keynote speech by Mr. Rolf Alter, Director, OECD, will highlight how innovation procurement can bridge the Innovation Gap. A special focus will be placed on recent developments in the support of innovation procurement at regional and local level with examples from the Regions e.g. of Lombardy and North Rhine-Westphalia. Similar initiatives in European Cities will also be described.

Representatives from Cities and Regions, public policy officials, procurement experts and other innovation procurement policy stakeholders will be in attendance as well as experts from industry and SMEs. The event will ensure broad debate and lively discussion in formal sessions and also offer the opportunity for networking.

A more detailed agenda as well as registration details can be found on the event website. Registration is open until 18 June 2014 and places are allocated on a first come, first serves basis.