Day 2 - Thursday 20 September 2012

9:00Session 3
Modernising the rules - the proposed Public Procurement Directives

The European Commission informed participants of the current status of the proposed Public Procurement Directives, the key changes and what happens next. Following this there was an interactive panel discussion, which allowed panellists and participants to present their views and discuss what the proposals mean for practical implementation of sustainable public procurement and procuring innovation.

Speakers and panellists:

  • Catarina Segersten Larsson, Member of the Assembly of Värmland County Council, Sweden; Committee of the Regions rapporteur on procurement

  • Klaus Wiedner, Head of Unit C3 Public Procurement Legislation II, Internal Market and Services Directorate General, European Commission [Presentation]

  • Peter Kunzlik,  Professor of Law, City University of London, United Kingdom [Presentation]

  • Arnhild Dordi Gjønnes, Chair of Public Procurement working group, BUSINESSEUROPE 

10:45Break
11:15Session 4
Procuring innovation

The purchase of innovative goods and services by public authorities is frequently cited as a means of improving Europe’s economic competitiveness while helping to solve social and environmental problems or deliver public services in more efficient ways. 

This plenary session presented the importance of procuring innovation and the latest initiatives of the European Commission to help public authorities implement procurement of innovation. There was a good practice presentation on how a business and public authority dialogue led to innovation. Participants also had the opportunity to share and discuss their examples and experiences and provide recommendations on what more can be done.

Speakers:

  • Bertrand Wert, Policy Officer, Industrial Innovation Policy Development, Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission [Presentation]

  • Stefan Wurm, Project Leader, Innovation and Sustainable Procurement, Federal Procurement Agency, Austria [Presentation]

12:30Lunch
13:30Session 5
Putting the “social” in sustainable procurement

The current revision of the EU procurement legislation widens the focus to three pillars of sustainable development - economic development, social development and environmental protection.

This plenary outlined how Socially Responsible Public Procurement (SRPP) can have an impact by: 

  • Raising awareness on the benefits of opting for goods and services delivering social outcomes, including improving global supply chains;

  • Within the green economy debate, presenting how SRPP can have an impact on, for example, employment opportunities, decent work, social inclusion, accessibility, design for all, ethical trade;

  • Explaining the opportunities offered by the existing EU legal framework to take into account social considerations in public procurement; and

  • Presenting good practice that has taken place over recent years.

The plenary also clarified some of the grey areas with regards to SRPP such as the extent to which contracting authorities can specify social aspects of the production process and the role of labels.

Speakers:

  • Sue Bird, Policy Coordinator CSR, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission [Presentation]

  • Irmgard Freihoffer, Councillor, City of Regensburg, Germany [Presentation]

  • Janet Meissner Pritchard, Programme Leader, ClientEarth, United Kingdom [Presentation]

14:30Session 6
Break-out sessions Round 1

Parallel break-out sessions went into more detail on specific issues, such as innovation and sustainability in the construction sector, sustainable food procurement, purchasing clean-vehicles and training on life-cycle costing.

Social issues in procurement – what’s legal, what’s practical

Explored the legal boundaries and frameworks for addressing social issues in procurement and how this can be done in practice.

Sustainable procurement of food

Discussed the opportunities and barriers to procuring sustainable food by examining Swedish and Scottish experiences.

Inform, Exchange, Act

Looked at how the transfer of knowledge and exchange of good practice can support the implementation of sustainable procurement

Mainstreaming GPP

Participants found out about top Nordic GPP examples, from the policy perspective to procurement practices.

Accelerating innovation through public procurement (part 1)

Examined several European Commission initiatives aiming to stimulate innovation through public procurement.

Life-Cycle Costing (LCC) (1)

Participants learned how to integrate real costs of products and services into public procurement decisions; discover the SMART SPP LCC and CO2 tool.

15:45Break
16:00Session 7
Break-out sessions Round 2

Parallel break-out sessions went into more detail on specific issues, such as innovation and sustainability in the construction sector, sustainable food procurement, purchasing clean-vehicles and training on life-cycle costing.

Social issues in procurement – timber and textiles

Examined approaches to implementing socially responsible procurement in two key sectors.

Energy efficiency through public procurement

Procuring energy efficiency from both a buyer’s and a supplier’s perspective: Barriers and mechanisms were explored.

Procuring clean vehicles – which direction to go?

Discussed opportunities and barriers to purchasing clean and energy-efficient vehicles.

New directives – impact on sustainable procurement and innovation

An in depth discussion on what the proposed Public Procurement Directives mean for practical implementation.

Accelerating innovation through public procurement (part 2)

Participants learned from and discussed some good practice examples on innovation and public procurement.

Life-Cycle Costing (LCC) (2)

Participants learned how to integrate real costs of products and services into public procurement decisions; discover the SMART SPP LCC and CO2 tool.

17:00The Procurement Challenge

Using ideas inspired by the conference, this session looked at how to tackle the 'procurement challenge' and enhance sustainable procurement in authorities.

19:30

Drinks and Dinner at the Malmö Town Hall

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