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EC calls for contributors to draft GPP criteria for waste water infrastructure

17 October 2012

Interested stakeholders are invited to contribute to a European Commission document proposing green public procurement (GPP) criteria for the tendering of waste water infrastructure works. The draft criteria and accompanying technical background report are in public consultation until 14 December 2012, with the Commission intending to publish the final criteria in early 2013.

The criteria are seen as an important means to make wastewater infrastructure more sustainable, and to ensure that investment and procurement practices are in line with the Europe 2020 strategy. The development of GPP Criteria for Wastewater Infrastructure aims to provide authorities with guidance to meet environmental legal requirements, as well as information about effective technological alternatives and best practice case studies.

Stakeholders from Member States' national, regional and local authorities, contracting authorities, companies and business associations, suppliers, SMEs, researchers, and civil society are the public consultation target group. The criteria are being developed by the European Commission body DG for Regional policy, in cooperation with DG Environment.

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