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European Public Procurement Events Calendar – What’s On Through 2016

A new regular feature from us today – a review of the forthcoming conferences and events of interest to the pan-European public procurement world, practitioners, academics and others. We will update every month or so – today we start with three events coming up very soon, and two more in the Autumn.

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As part of the Single Market Forum, the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs will organise a conference on 19 May in Tallinn, Estonia on Getting the award criteria right in public procurement (‘Best price/quality ratio’ versus ‘Lowest price’: how to get best value for money?).

The objective of the conference will be to discuss how to get ‘best value for money’ through public procurement, in particular under the new modernised EU rules. Participants will discuss how to choose the best award criteria for the selection of offers, depending on the contracting authorities’ needs and the type of products, works or services they want to procure.

The respective merits and challenges associated with the various award criteria available under the new directives (e.g. lowest price, ‘Best Price Quality Ratio’- BPQR) will be explored, with a particular focus on quality considerations. The conference is expected to dispel a number of preconceived ideas. Concrete experiences – good or bad – and exemplary success stories will be presented, together with state-of-the art methodologies devised to make the most out of procurement procedures.

The number of seats is limited. Applications for registration here: https://smf-tallinn.teamwork.fr. Once connected to the website, please follow the instructions and your request will be processed.

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It’s the Welsh National Procurement Awards on June 10th in Cardiff. The Awards celebrate achievements in Wales, in Public Procurement, Public Delivery and Tendering. The Awards ceremony is the opportunity for all those who buy for, and supply, the Welsh public sector to celebrate best practice, and thank those involved for their contribution. Entries must be in very soon, by May 13thmore details here!

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VIIth International Conference “Contracts, Procurement, and Public-Private Arrangements” – June 14 & 15th 2016 this conference focuses on the recent developments in contract theories. Papers are invited on all topics of contract theories including: Relational contracting, transaction costs, renegotiations, incentives, award mechanisms, incomplete contracting, contract design, benchmarking, privatization, corruption, institutions.

Papers presented may be theoretical or applied. A special attention will be given to proposals addressing issues related to procurement and public-private arrangements. The conference will bring together academics, policymakers and practitioners to discuss those issues … and will be designed to facilitate informal interactions among participants and promote future collaborations.

The conference is organised in cooperation with the Florence School of Regulation  and the Paris School of Economics — OSE Labex and will take place on 14th and 15th June, 2016 at the Sorbonne Business School – BioPark Building, 11 rue Watt, 75013 Paris. For further information: carine.staropoli@univ-paris1.fr

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The 7th Public Procurement Research Students’ Conference at the School of Law, University of Nottingham will be held on 8-9 September 2016, hosted by the University’s Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG).

The PPRG has already organised six conferences for PhD students who are researching on issues related to procurement law and regulation in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014. This conference is aimed at research students of all levels, not only in law but also in any discipline whose research touches on issues affecting procurement regulation in a broad sense. PhD students have the opportunity to meet fellow academics from all around the world, and receive some input on their papers by academic staff of the PPRG and other invited academics.

At this stage, expressions of interest are welcomed from PhD students wishing to submit a paper and present it at the conference. Interested students were invited to send a brief indication (one paragraph) of their area of research and the proposed subject of their paper to Paula Bordalo Faustino (llxpab@nottingham.ac.uk) by 1 April 2016. Papers may present the subject of the PhD as a whole, or specific aspects of it. After 1 April, a formal call for papers will be launched with more information on date, deadlines, requirements for papers etc, and this will be sent automatically to all those who have indicated interest. It will also be advertised here and on the Procurement Law Academic Network (PLAN) website.

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Back to Wales – Procurex Wales LIVE 2016 takes place at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on October 6th 2016. Supported by the National Procurement Service (NPS), Value Wales and Business Wales, the event, which includes a strong speaker programme and an exhibition, will provide delegates, both buyers and suppliers, with a unique opportunity to collaborate, showcase innovation and enhance knowledge and procurement skills. In addition, it will be an opportunity to share best practice, in order to meet today’s challenge of delivering smarter procurement.

We’ll be back with an update next month – do send us an update via “comments” if you want your event featured here.