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e-Public Procurement Conference – Just Two Weeks to Porto Event

In a couple of weeks’ time, on Tuesday May 19th, the 3rd European e-Public Procurement Conference will be held in Porto. I’m attending and speaking (fairly briefly) about the eProcurement options facing public procurement organisations, which will be broadly based on our research paper (available for download here). I’ve never been to Porto, but I have been a big Port (the drink) fan since university days, so I’m looking forward to seeing a bit of the City as well as the event.

The overall title is “The Process of Transposition of the New Directives on Public Procurement” but the day will roam more widely than just that topic. The stated objectives of the event are:

1. Comparing and discussing the approaches to transpose the New Directives … which set up challenging deadlines for the dissemination of e-Public Procurement across Europe:

  • E-noticing with full access to procedure documents at the time of transposition
  • Full e-tendering for CPBs until 18th April 2017
  • Full e-tendering for any public contracting authority until 18th October 2018

2. Discussing the implications of the single digital market on public procurement;

  • Presenting the new advances of e-procurement available through software as a Service (SaaS), offered by major providers
  • Identifying major macro-economic benefits due to the dissemination of e-public procurement
  • Discussing alternative strategies to simplify and to overcome e-procurement obstacles
  • Presenting eProcurement impacts on innovation and on SMEs access to public markets
  • Assessing major impacts of e-public procurement, namely on transparency and public savings

We’ve got more details of the full agenda now, which you can see here. Here is a sample – the first session of the day includes the following speakers and topics.

Policy, governance and technical challenges to implement eProcurement smartly – Nikita Stampa, Head of Economic analysis and e-Procurement Unit at the DG Internal Market and Services, European Commission

The Strategy of EU2020 and the contribution of the new directives of public procurement – Luís Valadares Tavares, President of OPET (Portuguese Observatory of Technology Foresight) and APMEP (Portuguese Association of Public Markets), Portugal

EU Building Information Modelling: Public purchasing power drives sector Transformation and efficient public works projects – Adam Matthews, Head of EU and International UK BIM Task Group, United Kingdom

Public Sector Innovation: Barriers and Challenges – Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, Full Professor at University of Coimbra, Portugal

In the afternoon, there is a session which will look at how transposition of the directives is going in the different major European countries – Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and Portugal. That will certainly be interesting, and we will be reporting on that here in some detail after the event.

Gustavo Piga, Professor at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy, is talking about the Italian progress, and he also has a separate session on the agenda titled “The Road Ahead”. I don’t know what that covers, but Piga was excellent at the last one of these events, a brilliant speaker, so I’m looking forward to that, as well as Professor Luís Valadares Tavares from Portugal who is another star of the European public procurement academic community.

As I say, we will be reporting on the event after the 19th, you can still register here, and I look forward to meeting some of our readers in Porto soon.