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Water PiPP to enhance innovation in the water sector through procurement

30 December 2014

A new video has been produced by the EU-funded Water Public Innovation Procurement Policies (Water PiPP) project to introduce the public to the project’s aims. Through involving local authorities, public and private purchasers, water utilities, networks of cities and regions, and the research and innovation community, the three-year project intends to push forward the innovation potential in the water sector, overcoming bottlenecks and barriers through innovative and pre-commercial procurement.

The project also aims to solve water related societal challenges through mobilising the procurement power of public and private actors, in addition to enhancing the competitiveness of the European water industry on the global market. 2015 will see the project testing innovation procurement in practice, with technical coaching (based on the tools and methods developed by the project) provided to selected public authorities. 2014, the first year of the project, was primarily spent gathering relevant information on the water sector.

Public authorities interested in becoming a pilot case should contact g.nion@oieau.fr. Participants will benefit from the expertise of the Water PiPP project and its partners, and will be guided by a group of innovative procurement experts. Further details are available via the project newsletter, which can be subscribed to on the Water PiPP homepage.

For more information, read the December edition of the Water PiPP newsletter.