EVENTS

   

UPCOMING EVENTS


June 2018

Cities as big public buyers

6 June - 7 July 2018
Brussels, Belgium

The workshop, organized by the European Commission, will be held on 6-7 June 2018 in Brussels.

The workshop is meant to support cities' in joint cross-border procurement, procurement of innovation and strategic public procurement.

More information and the agenda of the workshop will be published as soon as possible the workshop webpage.


6th Conference on socially responsible procurement of IT products

21 - 22 June 2018, 14:30 - 15:00
Stuttgart, Germany

This conference, taking place the 21 and 22 June 2018 in Stuttgart (Germany) addresses actors in public procurement, state and local politics, non-governmental organizations, and IT companies and invites them to exchange experiences and dialogue on how public procurement can help improve working conditions in the global IT industry.

Main focus of the conference's topic will be the extraction of raw materials. The event aims to consider the difficulties of procurement managers in assessing the social aspects of supply chains and to report on the development of initiatives such as the US Dodd-Frank Act project and the new EU Regulation on conflict minerals.

The conference languages ​​are German and English. Both languages ​​will be interpreted simultaneously.

For more information visit the event's webpage.


From local to EU level: Scaling up Fair Trade in Europe

27 - 28 June 2018
Brussels, Belgium

Back-to-back to the first EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award Ceremony on 27 June, the Fair Trade Advocacy Office is organizing the EU conference "From local to EU level: Scaling up Fair Trade in Europe" which will take place on 27- 28 June at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels.

The conference wants to seize the Award Ceremony as an opportunity to facilitate an exchange among EU local authorities on how they are supporting Fair Trade and how the EU could support the upscale of their local Fair Trade projects. In particular, on 28 June, in the morning, participants will be invited to join two of the four conference’s workshops.

The workshops include:

  • Workshop 1b: National and EU awards for local authorities promoting Fair Trade (9:40 - 11:30)
  • Workshop 2a: Fair Textile Public Procurement (11:45-13:00)
  • Workshop 2b: Capacity building and funding opportunities to support the uptake and the upscale of local Fair Trade initiatives (11:45-13:00)

In order to register, please click the link here by 18 June 2018. For any questions, please email sinigaglia@fairtrade-advocacy.org.


GPP webinar on sustainable events

28 June 2018, 14:20 - 16:00

This webinar will take place on the 28 June 28 at 14.30-16.00 (CET).

This is the first of two webinars that will be organised during 2018. The webinars form part of the service provided through the European Commission’s Helpdesk on GPP. They 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 discussion.

The programme will be soon be available.

You can register to the webinar via WebEx.


July 2018

3rd Global Procurement Conference

2 - 3 July 2018, 9:00 - 17:00
Rome, Italy

This event, taking place the 2-3 July 2018 in Rome, Italy, aims to raise awareness about the planetary implications of joint decisions regarding what is purchased, how and for whom in the public domain.

The event, organized by the University of Rome Tor Vergata, in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, invites experts from International Financial Institutions and regulatory bodies, policy-makers, economists, lawyers and public procurers to gather and discuss issues related to innovation, competitiveness, sustainability and regulation in procurement worldwide. Some of the event topics include public private partnership, innovation in public procurement, contract amendment and e-procurement.

For more information visit the event’s website.


October 2018

10th EcoProcura Conference

Sustainable and Innovation Procurement
3 - 5 October 2018
Nijmegen, Netherlands

European Green Capital City of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability are pleased to announce the 10th edition of the EcoProcura Conference on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement taking place on 3-5 October 2018.

The conference will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations in Nijmegen to discuss the latest developments in sustainable and innovation procurement:

  • Current best practice in implementation
  • European policy developments and international initiatives
  • Opportunities for collaboration between procurers in Europe
  • Practical tools for implementation (circular procurement, life cycle costing, monitoring, e-Procurement)
  • Market dialogue, joint procurement, social issues, professionalisation of procurement

Online registration will open in early 2018. For more information, visit the EcoProcura Conference Series website, or email: ecoprocura2018@iclei.org.


Live market engagement: Sustainable procurement of ICT

3 October 2018, 09:00 - 13:00
Nijimegen, Netherlands

Public authorities and businesses from across Europe will engage on procurement needs and solutions for social responsibility and transparency in information and communication technology (ICT) supply chains. This live market engagement event is taking place on 3 October in 2018 European Green Capital Nijmegen (the Netherlands), alongside the 2018 EcoProcura conference.

Public authorities will inform suppliers of their socially responsible procurement needs and upcoming procurement plans for ICT, which includes large contracts for smartphones, laptops and PCs, and servers. Opportunity will be provided for suppliers to showcase solutions and initiatives that increase the social, ethical and environmental sustainability of their supply chains. The dialogue will help inform the design of procurements and contracts, and lead to suppliers submitting stronger bids.

The event is taking place as part of the Make ICT Fair project, which aims to improve the lives of workers and communities associated with ICT supply chains, particularly in the Global South.

For more information please consult the invitation letter and draft programme here.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is necessary to ensure a place. In order to register, please fill in the form here.


Digital Transformation of Public Procurement

18 October 2018
Lisbon, Portugal

The Digital Transformation of Public Procurement conference, organized by the European Commission, takes place on the 18th October 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal and will discuss the digital transformation of public procurement seen as one of the priorities highlighted in the Commission's public procurement package of October 2017.

The event will discuss current achievements, E-procurement, the ‘European Single Procurement Document’ and ‘eCertis’, and will consider how to further engage the EU-wide public procurement community on the benefits of this radical transformation. Participants will be given the chance to get an overview of the latest policy developments and gather insights from concrete projects and experiences linked to digital transformation.

For more information please visit the event's webpage.


November 2018

ECOVATION 2018 – Innovation and Sustainability in Public Procurement

26 - 27 November 2018
Vienna, Austria

The Ecovation 2018 conference will take place the 26 - 27 November 2018 and will be focusing on sustainability and innovation in public procurement.

Synergies between both topics at European and member state level will be discussed and a wide range of issues will be covered, including digitalisation, mobility and the circular economy. Stakeholders from public administration and business are invited to this conference, which will be co-hosted by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW), the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT) and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT).

The event will be held in German.

For more information please visit the event's webpage.