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GPP and innovation procurement identified in EU's Plastics Strategy

14 February 2018

The European Commission's Plastics Strategy released in January 2018 identifies Green Public Procurement (GPP) as a tool for reducing plastic waste, and highlights the role GPP criteria can play in improving the recyclability of plastics. The strategy also recommends that national, regional and local authorities should make greater use of public procurement to support plastic waste prevention and recycling of plastics.

The strategy, which has been proposed to the other European Institutions in an official Communication, aims to play a major role in the transition towards a circular economy. The multi-pronged approach includes additional investment in innovation and guidance as to what public authorities can do - including the strategic use of public procurement - to produce innovative solutions dealing with hazardous substances and contaminants from recycled plastics.

Seen as a follow-on from the 2015 Circular Economy package, the Plastics Strategy is expected to form a central part of the EU's contributions to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement objectives on climate change.

For more information, visit the European Commission's website.

Job vacancy: Officer, Sustainable and Innovation Procurement - ICLEI

7 February 2018

ICLEI is recruiting a Sustainable and Innovation Procurement Officer on an 80-100% FTE basis at its European Secretariat in Freiburg (Germany). The position will be based within the Sustainable Economy and Procurement team, and the working language is English. Working on procurement since 1996, ICLEI facilitates networking, knowledge sharing, collaboration and best practice exchange on sustainable, strategic, circular and innovation procurement through EU-funded projects in collaboration with ICLEI partner cities and members of its European and global procurement networks.

The main focus of this position will address the topics of innovation and sustainable procurement through EU-funded projects. The deadline for applications is 4 March, although applications will be reviewed when they are received as the proposed start date is 1 April 2018.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an association of 1,200 local governments in 68 countries that are dedicated to sustainable development.

For more details on the position, visit the ICLEI Europe jobs website.

Targeted consultation on social procurement open until 1 March

1 February 2018

The European Commission's targeted consultation on the scope and structure of a Commission guide on socially responsible public procurement is accepting responses until 1March 2018. The new guide will replace the Buying Social guidance released in 2011, and will be fully updated for the post-2014 Directives legislative environment. The Commission's DG GROW is responding to calls for guidance and best practice, particularly from within the social economy sector, to use public procurement to deliver better conditions for workers, including disabled and otherwise disadvantaged people.

The consultation is targeted at those engaged in the policy and practice of socially responsible public procurement, including central and local government authorities and from civil society. The consultation follows the Commission Communication 'Making public procurement work in and for Europe' in October 2017 which identifies strategic public procurement in pursuit of economic, social and environmental goals.

Responses can be given online, in any of the 23 official EU languages, through the European Commission's consultations platform.

For more information, visit the DG GROW website.