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May 2022

DG Grow Webinar series on Social Procurement - Accessibility

3 May 2022, 12:00 - 12:45

As part of its webinar series on social procurement, DG Grow will organise a webinar on 'Accessibility' on 3 May 2022. The webinar will focus on:

· Why buying accessible products, services and works is important

· What it means to design a procurement so that the outcome is accessible for all

· How it is done in practice by EU public buyers


· Caroline Delveaux - INTER Accessible Flanders

· Kathleen Polders - INTER Accessible Flanders

· Elisabeth Aguilera - Swedish Public Employment Service

Register here

Sustainable infrastructure projects under the Recovery and Resilience Fund – what guidance is needed?

4 May 2022, 09:30 - 12:45


About this event

The EU-funded project “Research and knowledge building on sustainable infrastructure projects through stakeholder engagement” is happy to announce a workshop under the title:

Sustainable infrastructure projects under the Recovery and Resilience Fund – what guidance is needed?

on Thursday 4th of May 2022 from 9.30am – 12.45pm.

You can register here - the deadline to register is Monday, 2 May 2022.

Please find below the tentative agenda. The event will be organised on the online platform, Zoom. Upon registration, the participant will receive the detailed agenda and the information to connect to the workshop.

For any queries, you are welcome to contact:

Hywel Jones

Margrethe Steinert

The project is carried out on behalf of the European Commission by Technopolis Group, ICLEI, WAAT, and COWI.

Objectives of the event

The workshop, organised in collaboration with the European Commission, will:

  • Set out the RRF’s role in supporting sustainable infrastructure projects
  • Present a Sustainability Checklist developed by the project as an early support for public procurers for projects under their Recovery and Resilience Plans
  • Exchange on existing practices, challenges, lessons learnt on sustainable infrastructure projects
  • Discuss the potential of the EU Taxonomy on sustainable finance to support investment in public procurement of sustainable infrastructure
  • Foster the co-creation of new solutions and recommendations for the Commission’s work to develop Guidance for public investment in sustainable infrastructure projects.


Limited administrative capacity, awareness, and sustainability expertise of public administrations at national, regional and local level in Member States are major barriers holding back investment in sustainable infrastructures and environmental protection, which are areas with great potential to attract private investors.

Through this project, the European Commission wishes to develop a Guidance to support national authorities in implementing major infrastructure projects receiving recovery funding subject to public procurement, especially with respect to two contexts:

  • The EU Green Deal, including the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP), aiming to create a comprehensive approach towards investment, and within this, the SPSI
  • Public infrastructure projects receiving additional financing under the reinforced EU Budget (Next Generation EU and in particular the Recovery and Resilience Facility) and their contribution to the objectives of a green, digital and resilient Europe.

Further priorities include the professionalisation of public procurers, improving access to procurement markets and increasing transparency, integrity and better data, digitalisation of public procurement and cooperation for public procurement.

The engagement of relevant stakeholders in the preparation of the Guidance is essential to ensure it responds to their needs, and that it is able to sustain and boost its impacts. The Guidance will serve to support the national authorities for implementing major infrastructure projects, which will receive recovery funding subject to public procurement.


5th European conference: sustainable and innovative public procurement Academia das Ciências

5 - 6 May 2022
Lisbon, Portugal

This conference takes place after COP26 and focus on major challenges to be addressed by Public Procurement.

The Program has the following major sessions including an initial keynote speech, presentation and discussion of submitted papers:

A – COP26 and New Challenges for SPP
B – Sustainable Design and Construction Procurement
C – SPP Using New procedures of Directives 2014
D – ICT Sustainable and Innovative Procurement
E – Food and Catering SPP
F – Value Based Healthcare and SPP
G – Marketplaces and SMARKETCITY for SPP
H – Doctoral Dissertations, Programs and Opportunities

More information on the programme, speakers and registration can be found here.

Building equity into public procurement processes

13 May 2022, 11:15 - 12:15

The ICLEI World Congress, taking place in Malmö (Sweden) from 11-13 May, aims to showcase how cities, towns and regions worldwide are advancing sustainable urban development and accelerating the sustainable transition. This session recognizes the key role of public procurement to achieve equitable and just communities across the world. We feature lead cities that use their procurement for a responsible recovery and just transition. But, how can governments use their public procurement to support a responsible recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and to foster a just transition? 

Moderator: Ola Nord, City of Malmö, Sweden


  • Katrin Stjernfeldt-Jammeh, Mayor, City of Malmö, Sweden
  • Ulrika Svallingson, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Malmö, Sweden (TBC)
  • Zeynep Erdal, Social Enterprise ‘Yalla Trappan’
  • Jennifer Olzinger, Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Management and Budget, City of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Sav Dhaliwal, Board Chair, Metro Vancouver, Canada
  • Camila Pontual, Deputy Coordinator for International Relations and Cooperation, City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

More information here.

The role of AI in achieving sustainability in cities

13 May 2022, 13:45 - 14:45

The ICLEI World Congress, taking place in Malmö (Sweden) from 11-13 May, aims to showcase how cities, towns and regions worldwide are advancing sustainable urban development and accelerating the sustainable transition. This session explores the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for climate neutral cities. A growing number of cities are aiming to accellerate their transition to carbon neutrality by deploying AI-based technology in high emissions sectors such as mobility or energy. Whilst AI can only be part of the solution, it does hold considerable potential to help cities achieve their climate and other sustainability goals.


  • Jerome Brun, Data Governance Officer, City of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
  • Laura Dieguez, Junior Consultant at, DKSR – Data Competence Center for Cities and Regions
  • Ana Beatriz Acevedo, DG of the Early Warning System of the Medellin and Aburrá Valley – SIATA
  • Shimizu Hayato, Mayor, Saitama City, Japan
  • Jon Jonoski, Communication Officer, ICLEI Europe

More information here.

DG GROW Webinar on Public Procurement of AI

Building Trust for Citizens and Business
17 May 2022, 11:00 - 12:30

DG GROW will organise a webinar on 'Public Procurement of AI - Building Trust for Citizens and Business' on 17 May 2022. The webinar will focus on:

  • Latest developments on the EU legal framework on Artificial Intelligence

  • Where innovation procurement meets Artificial Intelligence

  • How you can participate in the development of EU standard clauses for buying AI


  • Jeroen Naves, Lawyer in IT, data & Innovation at Pels Rijcken
  • Keegan McBride, Expert on governmental digital transformation, public administration, interoperability, AI, and disruptive tech in the public sector
  • Yordanka Iananova, Legal and policy offer, DG CNECT A/2 Artificial Intelligence Policy Development and Coordination

You can register here.

Getting Started – The CO2 Performance Ladder for low-carbon procurement

17 May 2022, 14:00 - 15:30

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (SKAO) are pleased to invite you to participate in a virtual event that will showcase a joint project on low-carbon infrastructure procurement.

In this 1.5-hour virtual event, IISD and SKAO will introduce you to this carbon-management system and its use in public procurement. Next, procurement authorities and companies from the Netherlands and Belgium will explain the practicalities of using the CO2 Performance Ladder in public procurement processes and will provide tips for getting started.

Discussion Topics:

  • About the CO2 Performance Ladder for managing and reducing carbon emissions
  • Insights from procurement authorities on using the CO2 Performance Ladder (Netherlands and Belgium)
  • Insights from the company side on implementing the CO2 Performance Ladder and responding to public tenders (Belgium)


  • Laura Turley, International Institute for Sustainable Development


  • Maud Vastbinder, Foundation for Climate Friendly Business and Procurement (SKAO)
  • Harald Versteeg, Programme Manager at Rijkswaterstaat
  • Dirk Van Troyen, Road Structures Engineer, Flemish Agency for Roads and Traffic (AWV)
  • Franky van den Berghe, Sustainability Manager, Willemen Group

You can register here.

Panel discussion: Adopting the Smart City Accessible ICT Public Procurement Model Policy

19 May 2022, 16:00 - 17:30

This 90-minute panel discussion, a collaboration of G3ict, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) will be targeted specifically to cities in Europe but open to participants worldwide. The discussion will demonstrate how Smart Cities worldwide are uniquely positioned to use their considerable purchasing power, including of information and communications technologies (ICT), to advance the rights and digital inclusion of persons with disabilities and older persons.

Speakers will include experts from leading inclusive cities organizations, including:
- Monica Duhem, HearColors
- Federico Batista Poitier, UCLG
- Rushi Ramachandrappa, WEF
- Representative of the City of Los Angeles (TBC)
- Representative of the City of Istanbul (TBC)
- James Thurston, G3ict
- Microsoft (TBC)

To have more information about the event and to register, click here.


Masterclass on Innovation Procurement

How to price value of innovation in a Innovation Partnership
31 May 2022, 10:30 - 12:00

The Masterclass on Procurement of Innovation is a unique series of three meetings that each offer a different methodology for addressing the innovation value challenge.

The first Masterclass, on 'The theory of strategic options' will take place on 31 May (10h30 – 12h00 CET). A methodology based on the concept of strategic options, that public administration can use to determine the value of a contract based on the Innovation Partnership. The approach aims at ensuring that no undue price is paid and to compare the offers of different suppliers.


Register here. Places are limited to allow an in-depth deliberation with the teachers. Preference will be given to those who wish to participate in all three meetings.