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Issue 10, Spring 2019


Welcome to the tenth issue of the Procura+ Update. This newsletter brings together the latest news from the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network and ICLEI's work on sustainable and innovation procurement.

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 HOT TOPIC: Why You Should Enter the Procura+ Awards today!

 PROCURA+ NETWORK: Procura+ Chair Speaking at High Level event

 PROJECT NEWS: GPP Training Programme in Eleven European Countries

 OTHER NEWS: City Leaders at UNEA Call for Circular Development

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Why you should enter the Procura+ Awards today!

The Procura+ Awards are still open for public authorities to enter and get recognition for their outstanding sustainable and innovation procurement initiatives. An initiative of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Procura+ Awards commend leading sustainable and innovative procurements from across Europe.

Previous winners underline the important impact the Award has had on advancing their innovation and sustainable procurement. It has helped their procurement department to show within and beyond their organisation that procurement is a key strategic tool to achieve crucial sustainability goals of the 21st century while stimulating innovation.

Public Authorities can win the Award in three categories: Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Procurement Initiative of the Year. They can submit their candidacies to the Procura+ Awards 2019 until 31st March. This year’s edition is conducted in co-operation with the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project.

The awarded public authorities will receive a trophy and have the right to promote themselves with the award title. The rewarded procurement activities will be widely promoted in ICLEI publications and channels. Furthermore, a case study will be produced and disseminated in the SP Platform and the PPI Platform. Winners are granted free entry and a presentation slot at the next conference organised by ICLEI.

For more information on how to apply go here.


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Procura+ Chair speaking at High Level Event on Public Procurement

The European Commission – The Directorate General of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is inviting interested stakeholders to the high level conference “Seizing opportunities in the public procurement of tomorrow”, which will be held in cooperation with Romanian Presidency on 4th April 2019 in Bucharest at the Parliament House.

The conference is an occasion to take stock of the main work strands developed in the field of public procurement over the past five years since the adoption of the 2014 Public Procurement Directives. It will review the achievements in improving public procurement practices, including the progress made on the six priorities of the Public Procurement Package of October 2017, including the priority “Ensuring wider uptake of innovative, green, and social procurement”.  The conference will be opened by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and Eugen Teodorovici, Romanian Minister of Finance.

Among the high level speakers, the Chair of the Procura+ Network Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of the City of Malmö will represent the network and reflect on its role in delivering on policy objectives such as the EU Public Procurement Package. Global Director of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre and Deputy Regional Director of ICLEI Europe Mark Hidson will discuss how procurers across Europe are implementing procurement processes to achieve ambitious goals. In addition, the 2018 Procura+ Award winners will present their winning procurements and reflect on what winning the Award has meant for their procurement practice.


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 More from the Procura+ Network


GPP Training Programme in Eleven European Countries

On behalf of the European Commission, ICLEI Europe is coordinating training on Green Public Procurement (GPP) across eleven European countries, including Cyprus, Latvia, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Estonia, and Lithuania.  Training is delivered by national organisations in each of these countries. The objective of this programme is to support a higher uptake of GPP throughout the EU, providing high-quality training material and targeted training schemes.

Topics covered include how to implement GPP, the legal context for GPP, how to assess needs for GPP, engaging with suppliers and an introduction to circular procurement. In addition, the training will cover GPP within ten product and service categories including computers and monitors, food and catering and transport.

The training material will be made available on the European Commission GPP website for your organisation to use.


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City Leaders at UNEA Call for Circular Development Powered by Procurement 

The United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) is the highest level global decision making body on issues related to environment held every two years since 2013.

At the 4th Session of UNEA to be held in Nairobi (Kenya) this week, national governments are negotiating a set of resolutions to address key environmental challenges with innovative solutions and rely on responsible patterns of consumption and production.

During the UNEA Cities conference on March 13, ICLEI hosted a session on integrated planning and policies for circular transitions. Convening cities, national government representatives and business, the session explored how circular urban systems that achieve both social and ecological benefits can be promoted through nature-based solutions, public procurement and technologies.

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN) is an initiative by ICLEI to connect leading cities in sustainable procurement globally and achieve ambitious goals. Member cities Tshwane (South Africa) and Oslo (Norway) were among the ICLEI delegation to UNEA. The City of Oslo highlighted the importance that ICLEI’s work and the GLCN network has had for advancing the City’s sustainable procurement practices and leveraging the power of procurement to achieve sustainability outcomes.

Learn more about ICLEI’contribution to UNEA here

Learn more about about the GLCN here.

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