EcoProcura Rountable, Brussels 2001

Europa Inter-Continental Hotel, Brussels, 26 November 2001

Topic: European Purchasing Guidelines - Greening the Internal Market

Are common environmental guidelines for purchasing a tool for greening the European internal market?

On the 26 November 2001, ICLEI and Hanse-Office, the office of the states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein in Brussels, organised a one-day European roundtable to bring key stakeholders together to discuss whether European guidelines for GPP would be effective in greening EU public procurement. Participants presented existing national green purchasing guidelines in Europe, which have already been set up in Austria, Sweden and Denmark. The concept of whether guidelines can be transferred to the European level was discussed, along with the possible benefits and best approaches of the Common Guidelines, from the perspective of local authorities, national and European regulators, economists and scientific experts working in the field.

In 1998, ICLEI began holding a series of EcoProcura Conferences with the aim of providing a meeting point for practitioners and policy-makers along with members of the business community and other stakeholders. The EcoProcura Roundtable is part of this series and took place in the context of the RELIEF project.

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