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European Public Procurement Events Calendar – What’s On?

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Here is our regular outline of forthcoming conferences and events of interest to the pan-European public procurement world – practitioners, academics and others.

Socially Sustainable Public Procurement – February 16, Leicester, England

Coming very soon, but still time to register – University of Leicester Socially Sustainable Public Procurement event brings together a range of specialists discussing issues around social justice and public procurement, policy and practice, including supply chains and human rights, social value and labour objectives and the EU procurement directives. Details are here.

Public Sector ICT Summit – March 8, London

This is a free-to-attend event with over 250 public sector ICT professionals. You can discover state-of-the-art digital technology, hear how to successfully implement best practice and shape the debate about the future of Government policy. Details are here.

Procurement Week – March 21-23, London

Procurement Week 2017: The Pantheon of Procurement – Seeing Procurement Differently is a Bangor University Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS) event. An international conference and exhibition exploring Public Procurement topics such as Public Tendering, Business Development, Procurement Law and International Trade. Presentations will be given by leading procurement practitioners, lawyers, economists, innovators, strategists and thinkers, addressing challenging local, national and global issues, and proposing innovative and pragmatic solutions. In excess of 850 people attended last year from over 40 countries. Details and registration are here and here.

Procurex England North – March 21, Manchester, England

Procurex England North is the first this year in a series of live regional events dedicated to supporting the delivery of public services by providing anyone buying for, or supplying to, the public sector with training, networking and collaboration opportunities. It explores the current and planned changes to public sector in the North of England and the implications these will have for the procurement function. More details here.

Conference on European Public Procurement Law – March 30-31, Trier Germany

The conference will include updates from the European Commission on EU public procurement rules, and topics covering centralised purchasing bodies and public contracts registers, transparency and competition Issues arising from public procurement in practice, and impact of recent CJEU case law. Registration is after 1st March – and details are here.

Procurex England South – April 20, London

The next Procurex England is the South of England’s annual Public Sector Festival of Procurement, representing a unique CPD skills and learning development opportunity for those personnel and organisations actively engaged in the delivery of today’s procurement challenge, across all areas of the public sector. For private sector organisations, Procurex England South also provides a platform to showcase innovative products and services. Details are here.

Procurex Ireland – April 25, Dublin

Procurex Ireland 2017, followed by the inaugural GO Awards Ireland 2017/18, will give both procurement professionals from across all sectors and industry-leading suppliers a unique opportunity to explore the key themes of Innovation, Education and Collaboration. More than 25 training sessions are on offer and a range of leading keynote speakers, all focused around a Product Showcase Exhibition of Ireland’s leading and most innovative suppliers. Details here.

Scotland and Wales feature later in the year.

eafip Workshop for Public Procurers – May 17, Berlin 

The eafip Workshop is for public procurers in the sectors of education, recreation, culture and religion (ministries, regional and local authorities, agencies, public bodies, etc.). Its aim is to highlight the benefits of innovation procurement of ICT solutions through the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) approaches across Europe. Details are here.

The Public Sector Show – June 27, London

The Public Sector Show is the UK’s largest show dedicated to helping public sector professionals, policy makers and budget holders deliver improved outcomes through better strategic planning, digital innovation and enhancing workforce capacity. It offers access to 2000+ public sector leaders and decision makers, over 150 key suppliers, 30 hours plus of content contributing to 8 hours of CPD, all delivered by specialists, experts and the most senior leadership in the public sector, best practice seminars. Details are here.

eWorld Procurement and Supply – March 1, London

The leading bi-annual event for Procurement Innovation, provides unique insight into the latest innovations and technologies for senior procurement, supply chain and finance executives, and is a platform to keep up-to-date with the latest developments, market trends and hot topics. Details here.

The Public Sector Procurement Summit – Date TBC, London

A heads up that the 5th Procurement Summit, sponsored by Crown Commercial Service, event is due to take place this year. Keep your eye on the website for forthcoming details.