To be an effective driver of change and growth, public procurement needs to shift towards a more strategic approach. Doing so requires both to define strategies and goals and to ensure that they translate into practice. The session will discuss existing initiatives across Europe such as the Urban Agenda Partnership on Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement or efforts carried out to foster the use of public procurement to promote a more circular economy. The session will also present concrete case studies to support and encourage discussions, from the “Pilot Action on Strategic Public Procurement” commissioned by DG REGIO. The objective is to demonstrate that, used strategically, public procurement can bring public services closer to citizens’ needs. It will identify practices on how to use strategic public procurements to get real benefits beyond the purchased products or services. Discussions will concentrate on experiences and tools to make your city or region greener, smarter and more inclusive.
The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities
CCDR Alentejo, Kouvola Innovation Ltd, Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Regional Government of Andalusia, OECD, Piemonte Region, Region of East Macedonia and Thrace, Urban Agenda Partnership on Innovative Public Procurement