September 2019

Fair begegnen, Fair gestalten

18 - 20 September 2019
Cologne, Germany

Sie engagieren sich für den Fairen Handel oder die Faire Beschaffung? Dann sind Sie vom 18. bis 20. September 2019 herzlich willkommen in Köln, der amtierenden „Hauptstadt des Fairen Handels“.

Erleben Sie auf unserem Kongress der Ideen und Taten ein vielseitiges Programm, informieren Sie sich über aktuelle Trends und treten Sie in den Dialog über globale und lokale Herausforderungen. Vernetzen Sie sich mit Engagierten aus Kommunen, entwicklungspolitischen Organisationen, Schulen, Universitäten sowie Unternehmen und Verbänden.

Und feiern Sie die Preisverleihung im Wettbewerb „Hauptstadt des Fairen Handels 2019“ am 18. September sowie das 10-jährige Jubiläum der Kampagne „Fairtrade-Towns“ am 19. September.

ProminentMED dissemination event

Public pROcureMent of INnovation boosting greEN growTh in MED area.
19 - 20 September 2019
Beja, Portugal

Prominent MED- Public pROcureMent of INnovation boosting greEN growTh in MED area, is a project funded by Interreg MED programe and it focuses on the use of Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) to stimulate the adoption of innovative products and services that can improve the quality of the services for citizens.

Hosted by CIMBAL, the event is aimed at disseminating ProminentMed project, open for all interested participants. This event will be held on September 20th, in Beja, Portugal, after the partners' meeting taking place the day before, in Mértola.

Please visit the event's website for updated agenda and location's details 20190919/

Registration by sending email to or through eventbrite

Nordic Edge

Expo & Conference
24 - 26 September 2019
Stavanger, Norway
Stavanger Forum

Nordic Edge 2019 is all about making a positive change in people’s lives. It’s all about: Life Actually.

Nordic Edge Expo is the leading meeting place for Smart Cities professionals in the Nordics. True to the region's heritage of cross-sector collaboration, a carefully selected group of European partners have been invited to assemble the best, most comprehensive conference program that skilfully covers Smart City topics.

In line with Smart City ambitions, global sustainability goals, climate concerns and citizen engagement are fundamental to Nordic Edge's mission to contribute to creating better, more liveable communities for people to live and work in. On the agenda will be innovative projects and new ideas within: mobility, energy, renewables, EdTech, infrastructure, enabling technologies, health, city governance, citizen involvement and smart living.

Nordic Edge will also host the Procura+ Awards 2019, and will feature dedicated workshops bringing your the latest developments in innovation procurement and the best cases from across Europe in smart, sustainable public purchasing.


Market Consultation and Research in Public Procurement

26 - 27 September 2019
Berlin, Germany

In order to succeed, procurement practitioners need to have a clear picture of what market consultation should actually entail. In this practical seminar, you will learn how to proceed effectively in market consultation. Market research can be a powerful tool to facilitate the effectiveness of follow-up procedures in procurement. It enables procurement officers to choose the optimal procedure while inviting the most suitable bidders to the formal procurement process.

  • How to develop a strong strategy for market consultation
  • How to conduct market consultation for complex procurements
  • Which strategy is the most useful one in light of market consultation results?

October 2019

Conference on Responsible Public Procurement

3 - 4 October 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

An international expert conference organised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture.

The conference will focus on the strategic approach and social aspects in public purchasing. The aim of the conference is to show this topic within the international context, to present national strategies for promoting responsible procurement, to get inspired by experience of individual contracting authorities, to focus more on selected topical issues, including experience of audit institutions and matters related to measurement, and to provide an outlook of expected trends and visions in responsible procurement. At the conference, contributions to socially responsible public procurement in the Czech Republic will be awarded.

Watch the 2018 Video

Find out more here

European Week of Regions and Cities

7 - 10 October 2019
Brussels, Belgium

The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.

Strategic Public Procurement as a driver of change and growth in cities and regions

8 October 2019
Brussels, Belgium

To be an effective driver of change and growth, public procurement needs to shift towards a more strategic approach. Doing so requires both defining strategies and goals and ensuring 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.

Code: 08WS303
Speakers: Matthieu Cahen, Else Kingma, Paulo Magina, Marcos Nogueira, Teresa Pratas Jorge, Valentina Schippers, Susanna Suomalainen, Rudie de Vries, Marco di Ciano, Sanne van Kamp

Theme: The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities

Partner/s: CCDR Alentejo, CMS IrRADIARE, 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


30th Breakfast at Sustainability's

How School Meals Can Drive Local and Regional Change
9 October 2019, 11:15 - 13:00
Brussels, Belgium
European Committee of the Regions (CoR) - Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 99, 1000 Brussels, Room JDE 62

Case studies show that investing €1 in sustainable school meals can bring up to €6 in social return on investment. Given this fact, imagine the impact of sustainable school meals all across Europe!

Discussing school meals enables an exploration of sustainable food procurement, and questions such as: How can sustainable food procurement be linked with strategic policies or climate change actions? And, how can public procurement issues related to purchasing "local & regional food" be overcome?

Join the interactive 30th edition of B@S on 9 October 2019 to engage further on these issues. The session will showcase good practices and discuss stronger support within EU policies such as EU procurement legislation and the CAP reform (food procurement for regional value capturing).

The event will include inspiring speakers from South Tyrol (Italy), Paris (France), Copenhagen (Denmark), the Organic Cities Network Europe, and EU Institutions. It will take place during the European Week of Regions and Cities 2019.

Register now by clicking here. To view the agenda, click here.

GPP Helpdesk Webinar – Green Public Procurement of Road Lighting and Traffic Signals

10 October 2019

This is the second of two Webinars that will be held in 2019, as part of the European Commission’s Helpdesk service on GPP. The webinar will focus on the updated voluntary EU green public procurement (GPP) criteria for Road Lighting and Traffic Signals (published December 2018), which have been designed to help public authorities reduce the key environmental impacts associated with the design, installation and operation of these systems.

The programme is as follows:

  • Welcome, Enrico Degiorgis, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Introduction to the EU GPP Criteria for Road Transport, Shane Donatello, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
  • An Energy Performance Framework Contract for Italian public authorities, Cristina Gironi, Consip

The GPP Helpdesk Webinars provide a forum to inform stakeholders working in the field of public sector procurement about important new developments in the resources available and legislative context for GPP, and provide an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Participation is free of charge.

Prior registration is essential, however.

Register by visiting:

European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production

14 - 18 October 2019
Barcelona, Spain

The European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) is one of Europe's most remarkable conferences in its field and has taken place periodically since 1994. ERSCPs favour discussions about the key issues in sustainable consumption and production; the exchange of thoughts, knowledge, experiences and SCP proposals; and the creation of a European (also worldwide) community of research and practice in sustainable consumption and production. The main goal of the ERSCPs is to encourage discussion amongst stakeholders involved in sustainable consumption and production: businesses, public institutions, universities, institutes and research centres, NGOs, SMEs, professional associations, decision-makers, etc.