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March 2021

URBACT Online Course on Strategic Procurement

1 - 31 March 2021

About the course

Drawing upon the activities of Procure and Making Spend Matter's cities, URBACT has developed a free online course to equip cities with the knowledge and tools required to embed social and environmental criteria into the process of public procurement and to progress strategic procurement.

Who is this course for?

This free and online training is targeted at anyone with an interest in procurement and changing the way it is undertaken in cities. You could be a Mayor or Politician, a civil servant working in strategy or procurement department, or working in urban and economic development, or someone completely different and willing to learn!

Course structure

The course is made of 13 videos - 7 learning modules and accompanying case studies. It follows the different steps of the procurement cycle (from how to do a spend analysis, all the way to tendering and contract monitoring).

The course will start in March 2021. Videos will be released on a weekly basis throughout the month with side events and activities to continue to exchange with the learning community.

It is recommended to follow the videos in order and dedicate about 2 hours per week in March. But you can also follow the course at your own pace. All videos will be available in the Toolbox to go back to.

Pre-register here. Find more information here.


Challenging Procurement Series: Integrating wider social value into commissioning and procurement

8 March 2021, 03:30 - 05:00

Delivering societal benefits should open opportunities for a greater variety of innovative companies to deliver government contracts, creating benefits for local economies and communities, and a more resilient supplier base. But meeting these expectations may require commissioning and procurement to be re-imagined.

The webinar will happen on March 8, 3:30 PM CET and is organized by Catapult - Connected Places. It will discuss the ways of meeting these growing demands.

  • What commissioning and procurement strategies are required to deliver social value?
  • How can we support innovative suppliers in achieving the outcomes with the most value?
  • How can we engage communities as co-creators of innovative solutions?

In this webinar experts in social value, public procurement practice, and innovation policy are invited to explore these questions. Audience participation will be encouraged.

More information and registration here.


GPP Helpdesk Webinar – Green Public Procurement of imaging equipment, consumables and print services

23 March 2021, 14:00 - 15:30

This is the first of two Webinars that will be held in 2021, as part of the European Commission’s Helpdesk service on GPP.  The webinar will focus on the updated voluntary EU GPP criteria for imaging equipment, consumables and print services, which have been designed to encompass the whole life cycle of these products and services – from design, use to end-of-life – and includes criteria focused on equipment (such as printers and scanners), consumables (such as cartridges) as well as print services.

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. For more information, visit the European Commission’s GPP website.

Agenda

  • Welcome and Introduction from the EU GPP Helpdesk, Enrico Degiorgis, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Introduction to the new EU GPP Criteria for imaging equipment, consumables and print services, Candela Vidal-Abarca Garrido, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
  • Performance contracting of print and copy services, Lidia Capparelli, Consip

Participation is free of charge. Registration is required.

The webinar is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, on behalf of the European Commission (DG Environment).