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March 2014

Dear Reader,

We are pleased to send you the latest edition of the PPI Platform newsletter! Through this newsletter we hope to keep you up to date with the latest PPI and PCP news.

You can find more information on the topics at www.innovation-procurement.org.
If you have news or information to share, please contact us at info@innovation-procurement.org

    • Probis project to enhance innovation in the construction sector
    • EcoProcura 2014 launches registration and call for contributions
    • Greening fire brigade fleets through innovative procurement
    • HAPPI innovation platform brings new products that aid the elderly to wider audience

1  Experience Exchange provides chance to learn from advanced organisations

Procurers from across Europe are invited to apply for the PPI Platform Experience Exchange, which will see procurers from less experienced organisations travel to advanced organisations to gain a more in-depth understanding of innovative procurement processes. As well as developing skills on PPI and PCP by learning from others, participants will also experience new ways of thinking about problems and solutions. Additionally, participants will get the chance to see PPI and PCP in action through field visits.

Currently three advanced host cities are taking part: the City of Torino (Italy), the City of Birmingham (United Kingdom), and Réseau des acheteurs hospitaliers d’Ile de France, Paris (France). To take part, applicants should discuss the exchange with their line manager and consider the best time to participate. They should then complete the application form and send it to the PPI Platform team. The timing for the exchange is flexible.

A limited number of places will have travel and accommodation covered. Those interested in becoming a host can also fill out an application form and return it to the same address. Benefits for host organisations include the opportunity to promote their work on PPI and PCP, and the chance to exchange ideas with committed, enthusiastic individuals.

For more information, click here.

2   Latest news

PROBIS project to enhance innovation in the construction sector

Four PPI initiatives will be piloted in Italy, Sweden and Hungary as part of PROBIS, a new project which aims to make construction in Europe more innovative and sustainable. PROBIS will establish framework conditions that encourage the introduction of innovative solutions in the construction sector.

The pilot initiatives will involve determining the specific needs of buildings, carrying out technical dialogues, releasing calls, and monitoring results. The overarching aim of PROBIS is to ensure that proposed solutions are widely applicable across EU Member States.
Working meetings will be held in each of the participating regions, with market actors from the construction sector present. Through these meetings, PROBIS aims to map innovation in the sector.

For more information, contact simon.clement@iclei.org.

EcoProcura 2014 launches registration and call for contributions

Registration is now open for EcoProcura 2014, which will take place in Ghent (Belgium) from 24 – 26 September 2014. Answering questions on how to capitalise on the greater cost efficiency of sustainable procurement, the obstacles to mainstreaming sustainable procurement, and developing integrated sustainable procurement strategies across organisations, the conference provides a dynamic setting for participants to exchange and equip themselves with essential information on implementing sustainable public procurement and procurement of innovation.

A call for contributions has also been launched, and is open to local, regional and national governments; public authorities such as universities and hospitals; businesses, suppliers and manufacturers; and scientific or research organisations. This is an excellent chance for participants to promote what they are doing, offer advice, seek input and directly engage with the procurement community. The deadline for submitting proposals is 24 April 2014. Please send proposals with a completed application form to ecoprocura2014@iclei.org.

Plenaries and break-out sessions will provide a dialogue between speakers and participants on the latest developments in legislation and policy, as well as on specific procurement processes and products. Additionally, EcoProcura 2014 will feature a ‘Meet the Buyers’ event, allowing public procurement experts from the public and private sectors to meet and exchange information.

For more information, click here.

Greening fire brigade fleets through innovative procurement

FIRED-uP project partners are advancing towards new solutions to improve the sustainability of their fire brigade fleets. London Fire Brigade (LFB) launched a tender in November 2013 for a framework agreement to supply an innovative vehicle telematics and equipment tagging system, allowing information to be conveyed quickly and efficiently.

The tender was the result of research and a market consultation identifying technologies with the potential to reduce the environmental impact of firefighting vehicles. A competitive dialogue procedure is being used. The framework will allow other European fire authorities to implement the technology which LFB is piloting.

In Ghent (Belgium) suppliers were invited to attend two market dialogue days in February 2014, focusing on the development of a multipurpose second line vehicle. Ideas for enhancing the functionality, environmental performance and flexibility of these vehicles, which provide essential support to frontline vehicles, were discussed. Suppliers were invited to rate the feasibility of different innovations and Ghent will now assess the results to decide which could be procured. Both partners will present their progress at the upcoming EcoProcura conference.

For more information, click here, or contact secretariat@fired-up.eu.

HAPPI innovation platform brings products that aid the elderly to wider audience

The increase in the average age of the European population brings new challenges for hospitals and elderly care services, many of which are difficult to accurately evaluate. This difficulty also spawns from the high number of actors in the so-called “Silver Economy” – the name given to the emerging market for elderly care. Currently the market can be seen as a non-mature sector with fragmented demand and supply, low standards, no market leaders, and other serious issues.

To tackle these challenges and detect the best innovative solutions available on the European market, the HAPPI project (Healthy Ageing - Public Procurement of Innovation) has chosen to implement a “market-oriented” approach through the development of an online platform, in which suppliers are invited to outline their products and services. Since the launch of the platform, over 140 innovative solutions have been brought to the attention of the consortium’s buyers. Most of these solutions are accessible by the general public through the public area of the platform, “Innovation Showcase”.

The success of the HAPPI innovation platform was helped by the organisation of four information days in major European cities: London (UK), Paris (France), Turin (Italy) and Vienna (Austria). These events gathered over 400 participants, mainly SMEs, and helped buyers to research the market, raise awareness and open the dialogue between demand and supply-side.

For more information, click here.

3   Recent resource uploads

State-of-the-Art in Urban Public Lighting, published by the ENIGMA project (2014).

ENIGMA is an FP7 project that aims to implement a joint transnational pre-commercial procurement (PCP) procedure in the field of public lighting. The project’s partner municipalities, led by Eindhoven, cooperate on procuring innovation. This report introduces the goals and first findings of the project.

Functional Specification guide - Developing a sustainable functional specification in 6 steps, published by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, in conjunction with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (2013).

Intended for anyone within the tender and procurement process who is involved in developing specifications, this guide enables procurers to do more than set minimum sustainability requirements. It helps in formulating questions and providing answers, and is applicable to works and services, as well as supplies.

LCB-Healthcare Professional Development Materials, published by the ENIGMA project (2014).

This document outlines the benefits that hospitals and clinics could realise by adopting innovation procurement methods. It draws on the experience of the LCB-HEALTHCARE pilot projects to introduce key innovation procurement concepts, and provides a step-by-step summary of the Forward Commitment Procurement (FCP) process.

4   Events

29 April 2014

How can digital innovation help your region grow? Thessaloniki, Greece

Public officials from across the EU are invited to Thessaloniki, Greece for an interactive one-day workshop on digital innovation. The session will showcase the support available from the EU to help boost digital innovation in European regions, and provide opportunities to ask questions and share experiences.

27 May 2014

2nd European Conference on e-Public Procurement, Lisbon, Portugal

The University of Lisbon (Portugal) is hosting the 2nd European Conference on e-Public Procurement on 27 May 2014. Given that public procurement constitutes 17 percent of European GDP, the conference aims to explore the manner in which e-public procurement can contribute to financial stability and sustainable growth in the European Union.

20 June 2014

3rd Annual Conference on Public Procurement, Athens, Greece

Hosted by the Greek Presidency of the EU in partnership with the European Commission, the conference will explore the recent adoption of the revised legislation on public procurement and the directive on e-invoicing in public procurement. In particular, it will look at the potential for increasing efficiency and preventing corruption offered by smarter e-procurement processes.

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