Day 2 - Thursday 25 September 2014
|9:00||European frameworks to support sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation|
The EU Public procurement Directives have undergone major legal and practical changes as a result of the publication of the new directives in January 2014. This session provided first-hand information on the practical implications for contracting authorities and how the regulations are accommodating the use of procurement for implementing sustainability and innovation. The audience had the opportunity to ask questions which were addressed by a panel of experts, followed by an interactive discussion, and representatives from the European Commission presented how the Commission is promoting sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation.
Speakers and panellists:
Subplenaries 1 and 2 provided an arena for presenting and discussing how to put into practice the Clean Vehicles Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive, two of the Directives that have procurement as key delivery mechanism. Subplenaries 3 and 4 looked at the latest development of two prominent topics in procurement: social aspects and innovation procurement.
Public authorities, organisations and experts shared their experiences, practical knowledge and initiatives on how to undertake sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation in key topic areas.
Talk, learn, act!
The Market Lounge provided a place for networking, discussing ideas and sharing experiences on sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation in a more personal setting. Good practice examples, procurement processes, projects and initiatives will be featured. See a full list of table hosts here.
|17:00||Public Procurement of Innovation Award Ceremony|
The Public Procurement of Innovation Award aims to recognise successful public procurement practices that have been used to purchase innovative, more effective and efficient products or services. The winner, among the six finalists, was revealed during the award ceremony.
Read more about the award, the finalists and the winner on the Procurement of Innovation Platform website.
Official Dinner (vegetarian)
The City of Ghent, crowned “Veggie Capital of Europe” welcomes participants in the courtyard of the historical Augustinian monastery for the official conference dinner – vegetarian, of course, as per Thursday tradition in Ghent.