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30 November 2016

Final PAPIRUS newsletter outlines project outcomes

The final edition of the PAPIRUS project newsletter has been released, looking back at the progress made over the three years of the project. The PAPIRUS project aims to promote, implement and validate innovative solutions that help European cities to embrace sustainable construction.

One of the project goals was the introduction of a new public procurement process focused on providing nearly zero energy materials for the repair and construction of buildings. An evaluation of the challenges and an overview of the lessons learned in designing this new process are included in the newsletter. A link to the PAPIRUS e-learning course, which provides information on procuring innovation, is also available.

The guidance document How to implement Public Procurement of Innovation – Lessons learned from the PAPIRUS project can also be accessed from the newsletter in English, Italian, Spanish, German and Polish. The guide includes an explanation of public procurement of innovation, the benefits it brings, implementation rules and steps to take.

To view the newsletter, click here.


29 November 2016

InnProBio project issues its third newsletter with updates on bio-based products

The InnProBio team released its third newsletter, including updates on the progress and the outcomes of the project, as well as other news related to the topic of bioeconomy. InnProBio is an EU-funded three-year project which began in March 2015 and aims to develop a community of public procurement practitioners interested in innovative bio-based products and services.

The “Project news” section introduces two of the three factsheets developed in InnProBio: one on sustainability of bio-based products, and the other on biodegradability. The consortium has also mapped the existing tools for bio-based products and services in public procurement to help facilitate the public purchase of bio-based products and services. The resulting document is featured in the newsletter.

The launch of the bio-based products’ database developed by the Open-Bio project is contained in the “Other news” section. This tool presents various items which are relevant for public procurers, and are sorted by application area, product type and Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) code.

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22 November 2016

INNOCAT report collects market engagement good practice

A collection of good practice case studies on how to engage the market in public procurement has been published by the EU-funded INNOCAT project. The report aims to assist public procurement professionals in conducting effective market engagement.

The document helps to counteract the idea that market engagement endangers transparency and introduces bias into the procurement process. Conducted appropriately, market engagement can be delivered well within the bounds of the European Union’s Directives on Public Procurement.

The case studies present a range of approaches, which can be used for engaging the market in a variety of circumstances and for differing purposes. The collection shows how effective market engagement can be, and what can be achieved when the right methodology is used in the right circumstances.

To view the document, click here [PDF].


18 November 2016

PRIMES newsletter provides case studies and training tools

The EU-funded PRIMES project has released its sixth newsletter, providing an overview of its work to date. This edition leads with the final PRIMES event in Holbaek (Denmark), followed by general information on the project. A direct link to case studies produced by the project is provided, along with an in-depth article on geothermic heating.

Training materials, available in a number of European languages, can also be accessed via the newsletter. The material has been used by project partners to train procurers and to increase implementation of energy efficient procurement in practice.

The PRIMES project aims to develop basic skills and provide hands-on support for public procurers to help them overcome barriers and implement Green Public Procurement in six European countries: Croatia, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, France and Italy.

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15 November 2016

Pre-Commercial Procurement project supports independent living among elderly

SILVER, an EU-funded project that aimed to support independent living among the elderly through the use of robotics, is coming to an end after four years. The project used Pre-Commercial Procurement to develop LEA (Lean Elderly Assistant), a care-robot in the form of a stroller that helps the elderly when, for example, getting out a chair and walking. It also reminds the user of their daily routine, such as when to take medication.

The SILVER project established the first multiple member state Pre-Commercial Procurement within the European Union. A three-phase procurement process was carried out by five partnering countries: Denmark, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Robot Care Systems, the SILVER project contractor, has benefitted significantly from the project, winning several innovation awards in 2015. Maja Rudinac, CEO for Robot Care Systems, encourages other small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to enter Pre-Commercial Procurement projects. To increase the uptake of Pre-Commercial Procurement, the SILVER Consortium has gathered valuable recommendations and document templates. These documents are available on the SILVER project website.

For more information, read the final SILVER newsletter.


11 November 2016

Procura+ Awards finalists announced

The nominees for the Procura+ Awards have been narrowed down to six finalists, representing the most remarkable procurements carried out in Europe. Copenhagen (Denmark) and Wageningen (The Netherlands) have been nominated in the category of 'Sustainable Procurement of the Year', the City of London (UK) and Rijkswaterstaat (The Netherlands) in the category of 'Tender Procedure of the Year', and the Galician Public Health Authority (Spain) and Transport for London (UK) in the category 'Innovation Procurement of the Year'.

The awards will be presented as part of the Sustainable City Development conference in Malmö (Sweden) on 30 November. The finalists were chosen after extensive deliberations of the jury, which was made up of procurement experts Simon Clement (ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability), Bertrand Wert (EASME), Livia Mazza (Ecosistemi), and Wouter Stolwijk (PIANOo).

Each of the award categories looks at a different aspect of procurement. 'Innovation Procurement of the Year' acknowledges impressive procurement of innovation and the public authority as a launch customer; 'Sustainable Procurement of the Year' rewards the outstanding environmental, social and economic impacts of a procurement; and 'Tender Procedure of the Year' recognises procurers that took an exceptional approach to sustainable and innovation procurement.

For more information on the finalists, visit the Procura+ website.


8 November 2016

Final Water PiPP conference outlined in October newsletter

The October Water PiPP newsletter is now available to read online, marking one of the EU-funded project's final editions. The lead article focuses on the project’s final conference, which will take place in Zaragoza (Spain) from 9 - 10 November. Procurers from the public water sector and suppliers from the business world will gather to explore innovation procurement from the angle of procurement practice, water sector policy and business opportunities.

Information is also provided on the new Water PiPP publication, a step-by-step guide to help public and semi-public water authorities procure innovative solutions. The guide promotes the concept that innovative solutions in the water sector do not only apply to new sustainable technologies but also to new partnerships extending across public administration, research and industry.

Readers can also listen to recordings of previous Water PiPP webinars in a range of European languages, and find out how to join Water PiPP's online forum for procurers, suppliers and experts. Participants in the group have the opportunity to network with fellow professionals and have access to information on the latest trends in innovation procurement and pre-commercial procurement in the water sector.

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4 November 2016

Nominees revealed for Procura+ Awards

The 12 nominees have been announced for the 2016 edition of the prestigious Procura+ Awards, spanning cities and public authorities from across Europe. Winners will be invited to collect their trophies at a ceremony taking place as part of the Sustainable City Development conference in Malmö (Sweden) on 30 November.

The awards will be presented in three categories: 'Innovation Procurement of the Year' acknowledges an impressive procurement of innovation and the public authority as a launch customer; 'Sustainable Procurement of the Year' rewards the outstanding environmental, social and economic impacts of a procurement; and 'Tender Procedure of the Year' recognises procurers that took an exceptional approach to sustainable and innovation procurement.

Innovative solutions procured by the nominees include a home-assistance platform for patients suffering with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a spatial modelling service to identify areas for the installation of sustainable drainage measures to reduce the risk of flooding, and the procurement of innovative cleaning solutions. As well as international recognition, award winners will receive free entry and a presentation at the next EcoProcura conference; publicity through ICLEI’s channels; and one year’s free participation in the Procura+ Network.

To view the nominees, visit


1 November 2016

PROBIS project releases fifth newsletter

The EU-funded PROBIS project has released the fifth edition of its newsletter, providing up-to-date news on public-private collaboration in the area of sustainable construction. This edition looks at capacity building workshops held in the framework of the project.

A seminar on Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) in Seville (Spain) saw around 20 experts receive training on including innovation in procurement activities related to public buildings. Participants went through the entire procurement process, from preparation of the tender to the conclusion of the contract. A similar training was held in Szentendre (Hungary) aimed at local government representatives and construction industry experts.

The Szentendre seminar presented how PPI solutions can be applied to the reconstruction of public buildings. The PROBIS project aims to use public procurement of innovation as a means to increase energy efficiency and the sustainability of urban building stock. To subscribe to future editions of the newsletter, visit the PROBIS website.

To view the newsletter, click here.