20 March 2012

LANDMARK project holds first train-the-trainer workshop

The first LANDMARK project train-the-trainer workshop took in place in Bonn (Germany) in February 2012. The project is coordinated by ICLEI Europe and aims to enable European local authorities to act as key drivers for the promotion of fair working conditions in global supply chains for certain products purchased by the European public sector.

The practical seminar included several activities to further strengthen the knowledge of sustainable public procurement, through the analysis of actual tenders and the draft of key points of a purchasing action. The training also dealt with environmental issues and economical aspects such as life-cycle costing. Participants from the Federal Procurement Agency, where the competence centre for sustainable public procurement is located, attended the workshop.

The centre provides training and information to national ministries, federal states and local governments. Participants were drawn from several departments, covering products from armoured vehicles to brochures and services from mail-delivery to consultancy. Several further train-the-trainer events for professionals and tailor-made training for procurers are planned for 2012 and 2013, including events in Barcelona (Spain) and in Portugal where key institutions, such as the Porto Regional Excellence Centre and the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon and the National Institute for Public Administration will be trained.

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