May 2021

Steering the future, Green, Sustainable and Digital Procurement

7 May 2021, 10:15 - 16:40

Under the topic ‘Steering the future: Green, Sustainable and Digital Procurement’, the conference will address the challenges faced at European level regarding green and sustainable public procurement, the importance of digital transformation, and the power of structured information.

This high-level conference, which will have highly recognised speakers, aims at sharing knowledge, experience and best practices on public procurement of today and tomorrow.

The event, organised by the European Commission in collaboration with the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, will consist of two sessions:

1.        Sustainable Public Procurement: From infrastructure projects to the EU Green Deal

2.       Digital Transformation of Public Procurement and the Power of data

More information regarding the registration for the conference will be available soon on the conference website.

Towards a circular European infrastructure

11 May 2021, 03:00 - 04:30

This #EUCircularTalk will shed light on the critical role infrastructure plays in achieving a circular, climate-neutral economy while exploring possibilities for collaboration and joint action in Europe. The event will also broaden the discussion to consider the role of circular infrastructure at different levels.

On 11 May from 3 to 4.30 p.m. CEST, Rijkswaterstaat together with Holland Circular Hotspot will be holding interactive workshops in cooperation with a wide range of circular construction leaders and connoisseurs among with Madaster, Restado/Concular and Institut National de l’Economie Circulaire. The workshops will be an opportunity to showcase success stories and identify challenges and opportunities in areas such as public procurement, digital logbooks and circular design for infrastructure works.

More information here.

Boosting economic recovery through innovation procurement: what European assistance can do for you

18 May 2021, 09:30 - 13:30

This four-hours workshop webinar offers practical insights into how innovation procurement can play a key role in tackling the significant challenges the European public sector is facing  nowadays – especially in the context of economic recovery following the COVID crisis, the Green Deal objectives, cybersecurity and other societal challenges.

The webinar tackles how to use innovation procurement to boost a digital-green economic recovery. The webinar puts the spotlight on success cases that were supported in the past by EAFIP and that will share the approaches they used to maximise impacts, both from the buyer’s and the supplier’s perspective. They will present the benefits and lessons learned of the strategic use of pre-commercial procurement and public procurement of innovative solutions, and you will be able to ask them your questions.

For public buyers that are interested to start new innovation procurements, EAFIP will also explain how to apply for free of charge assistance as well as what types of assistance EAFIP can provide.

Register here for the workshop.

Circular procurement as a way to address pollution: experiences from ProCirc

18 May 2021, 14:00 - 15:30

On the 18 May 2021 (14:00 - 15:30 CET) this partner event of the EU Green Week 2021, will dive into the world of circular procurement and will focus on sharing knowledge, expertise and lessons learned.

After joining this ProCirc seminar, procurers, policymakers and other stakeholders will have answers to the following questions:

  • How does the current framework support the development of circular procurement (from legal, policy and practice perspectives)?
  • What are the environmental and financial benefits of circular procurement?
  • How do you measure circular procurement?
  • How do you convince your organization to start with it?

Find the agenda and register on the ProCirc website.

How to procure e-Mobility solutions

19 May 2021, 10:00 - 12:00

To present the White Paper: How to procure e-Mobility solutions and to further explain it, a series of webinars will take place on the 6th and 19th of May. The goal of these events is to dive into the concepts described in the e-Mobility paper and to have small interactive meetings.

The webinars will be held in groups of 15 people.
The interactive webinar is organized by Corvers and costs € 275,- incl. 21% VAT. After payment you will receive your own personal link to the webinar. More information here.


10.00-10.10    Why a growing number of European public authorities are purchasing e-Mobility solutions?

10.10-10.40     The Eafip Methodology

10.40-11.00    Enhancing the competitiveness of european companies by guarantying a level playing field

11.00-11.20    How to incorporate social and environmental considerations into the procurement process?

11.20-11.40    Conclusions and recommendations


11.40-12.00    Q&A session

Strength2Food Final Conference

20 May 2021, 09:00 - 12:45

The H2020 Strength2Food project organizes this final conference give insights on how to improve current policies and practices on EU Food Quality Schemes, Public Sector Food Procurement and Short Food Supply Chains.

At the conference, you will:  

  • Discover key results and recommendations from the 5-year research and innovation project
  • Learn outcomes and best practices from the different demonstration pilot actions
  • Discover some of the tools and resources developed as part of the project
  • Join sessions around thematic areas, methodology insights and H2020 knowledge-exchange
  • Get insights into future policy agenda and research directions
  • And network with a variety of like-minded stakeholders

Please find the programme including the registration link here.

CLEVER Exchange: Innovation on procurement for NBS implementation (part II)

25 May 2021, 14:30 - 16:00

This session will be hosted by the Municipality of Milan with the support of Ambiente Italia and ICLEI.

The meeting will provide an overview of the challenges commonly faced by cities looking to procure Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). The City of Milan will share some insights on opportunities for addressing those barriers, building on its recent experience going through a public procurement process supporting the implementation of co-created green roofs and walls solutions in over five public and private buildings in the city.

City representatives and one of the design studios selected through a public call, will be joining to share their experience of working together through the process, including recommendations for using public procurement procedures effectively to deliver co-created NBS solutions.

You can join the session via this link (GotoMeeting).

June 2021

Launch webinar: LCC Tool on indoor lighting

1 June 2021, 09:30 - 12:00

This webinar presents the new ‘Office Indoor Lighting LCC-Tool’ which helps to evaluate the life-cycle costing of indoor lighting projects and to make the most cost-effective decision. You want to learn more about the tool and how to use it? Take the opportunity and sign up for one of the free webinars:

  • 1 June 2021 in English
  • 3 June 2021 in Dutch

You can register here. Registration is possible up to 2 days before the event. The link to participate will be send shortly before the webinar.

You can't participate but you’re truly interested? After the webinars you’ll find the LCC-tool and more information here.

procuRE International OMC Event

25 June 2021, 10:00 - 12:00

procuRE brings together 6 procurers from 6 countries to jointly tackle the common challenge of achieving 100% Renewable Energy Supply in existing public buildings. The procurers are willing to invest 7.68 million € in Research and Development to address this challenge in their regions, to be prepared in coming years to tackle their combined stock of over 21,000 buildings.

procuRE is carrying out an Open Market Consultation in the form of a series of events which aim to:

• inform potential suppliers (industry) about the procuRE pre-commercial procurement opportunities
• explain in detail the pre-commercial procurement process
• open a dialogue with potential suppliers about the scope of procurement envisaged in the project
• facilitate matchmaking among potential suppliers in need of support in the building of consortia

City representatives are welcome to join the event and also to become preferred partners within the project.

Preliminary Agenda:
• Welcome & Introduction
• procuRE Aim & Scope
• Procurement of Innovation and Tender Process
• Q&A on project and process
• Information on Local Building
• Q&A on local site
• Next steps

Registration is required. Participation is free of charge:

This event is preliminarily linked to World Sustainable Energy Days – WSED, which will take place on 21 – 25 June 2021.

July 2021

6th Global Procurement Conference

7 - 9 July 2021

The conference will be held VIRTUALLY in 6 sessions distributed in 3 separate events on July 7th, 8th and 9th 2021. Each session hosts two speakers and lasts 90 minutes: 30 minutes for each speaker and 30 minutes for debate.

The goal of the Global Procurement Conference is to raise awareness for the planetary implications of joint decisions regarding what is purchased, how and for whom in the public domain.

The University of Rome Tor Vergata, with the support of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, has the pleasure of organizing yearly an event where experts from International Financial Institutions and regulatory bodies, policy-makers, economists, engineers, lawyers, procurers gather for a much-needed debate concerning issues related to innovation, competitiveness, sustainability and regulation in public procurement worldwide.

You find more information here.