Day 3 - Friday 26 September 2014
|9:00||The power of market intelligence and engagement|
Engaging in dialogue with private business can play a crucial role in bringing innovative and sustainable products and services onto the European market. The new Public Procurement Directives have specifically provided contracting authorities additional flexibility allowing them to choose a procurement procedure that will encourage dialogue with business.
This session looked at what the EU legal framework offers procurers in terms of encouraging dialogue and how procurers can get the very best from businesses in responding to the innovation and sustainability challenge. The FIRED-uP project presented a practical case of successful market consultation, which was followed by both a panel and roundtable discussion.
Harnessing the Network
Throughout Europe many contracting authorities are, or have, undertaken sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation. Consequently and as EcoProcura conferences prove, there is a lot of know-how available. However, most of these activities are carried out in isolation and thus inaccessible for interested parties. One initiative set up to encourage exchange and networking is Procura+. Procura+ is turning 10 this year and the plenary looked at what has been achieved, what the outlook is for the next 10 years and how networking, exchange and collaboration can be scaled up.
An interactive discussion followed, bringing together key issues raised over the first 2 conference days.
Speakers and panellists:
Waking the Giant!
Whilst the use of procurement for achieving policy goals has become more prevalent, the true potential to harness public spending to achieve sustainability goals is often stubbornly unrealised. Given the decreasing availability of public finances, the need has never been greater to ensure greater value for money and efficiency, without impacting on the quality of the public service provided. The following questions were addressed:
Keynote: Gunter Pauli, Author, Teacher, Activist, Entrepreneur- Presentation [PDF]
Taking it forward
Closing to three procurement-action packed days. Thanks and farewell. During this session, the City of Ghent signed a new sustainable procurement strategy and an innovation charter.
End and lunch