24 September 2015

Five innovative finalists selected for prestigious procurement award

Five finalists have been chosen for the Procurement of Innovation Award, representing the most innovative and impressive public procurement activities carried out in Europe. The Award aims to recognise successful public procurement procedures that have been used to purchase innovative, more effective and efficient products or services. The finalists and their suppliers will be invited to an award ceremony at the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement event in Paris (France), taking place from 27 – 28 October 2015. The event is organised by EAFIP.

The finalists are:

• Federal Procurement Agency, Austria

• Stockholm County Council (Karolinska University Hospital), Sweden

• Galician Public Health Service, Spain

• Consip - Central Purchasing Body, Italy

• Rijkswaterstaat, The Netherlands

A more in-depth profile on each finalist, detailing their organisation, procured innovation and supplier, will be made available on the Procurement of Innovation Platform website in the coming weeks. The winning entry will receive a trophy for innovation procurement excellence, together with the title “European innovation procurement of the year”, and a case study published on the Procurement of Innovation Platform. The judging panel, which is made up of respected procurement experts from across Europe, was particularly impressed by this year’s entries.

“The potential for innovation procurement to build a better, more efficient Europe is exemplified in the actions of these five finalists. Each finalist has developed exciting new solutions to persistent problems using procurement of innovation," said jury member Mark Hidson, Deputy Regional Director of ICLEI and Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Capacity Centre.

For more information, visit the PPI Platform Award page.