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Upcoming Conferences – Major Public Procurement Events in Paris & Tallin

The annual public procurement conference on Strategic Public Procurement organised by the European Commission is a major event in the events calendar – we reported on last year’s event in Berlin and here is one of our reports to give a flavour of the event.  This year, it is being held on Friday June 2nd in Paris and will focus on three aspects: it is titled “Procuring sustainable, innovative, and socially responsible solutions”.

The conference will take place at the premises of Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer (UICP), 16 rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris. It is a free event although the Commission obviously don’t accept applications from just anyone, they do look at relevance! The audience is a mix of practitioners, academics, procurement lawyers, interested NGOs and charities, policy makers and the odd supply side individual. The sessions and speeches as in any event vary somewhat in quality, but generally the topics covered are interesting and useful.

Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD and Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs are opening the event and then there are sessions on Political ownership for Strategic Public Procurement; Policies for Strategic Public Procurement; Getting the market on board: market consultations, and Designing the right award criteria for promoting SPP.

The deadline for initial expressions of interest in attending is 9 May 2017. The conference organisers aim to confirm registration of selected participants by 10 May 2017 – you can register here. We hope to be there to report on the event too.

Later in the year, The Conference on Innovation Procurement (more details and booking here) will be held under the Estonian EU presidency on 17th and 18th of October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. The Conference also serves as the 3rd annual Major eafip Event. Procurement of innovation has become a very hot topic in recent years as regular readers will have noticed and this conference programme includes:

– Innovation procurement experiences in Europe

– EU Member States’ policy and support framework for innovation procurement

– Economic impact of innovation procurement

– HORIZON 2020 calls supporting innovation procurements

– Innovation procurement 2017 award ceremony

The target audience for the two-day conference is policy makers, public procurers and innovators. It aims to help with “capacity building, experience sharing and networking about major ICT-related innovation procurement initiatives across Europe and to facilitate networking between stakeholders to discuss new ideas, initiatives and funding opportunities”.

Two other eafip workshops will be held in parallel to this event. The eafip Workshop for Environment sector procurers (details coming soon), and the eafip Workshop for Energy sector procurers will be held on the same dates in the same venue, and registration is via the same registration form so the idea is that delegates can pick-and-mix which events and sessions they wish to attend.

The events are at the Kosmos IMAX cinema in Tallin which sounds exciting, and are free to delegates on a first-come first served basis. The event will be held in English, and you can get more details here. The Public Spend Forum team has never been to Estonia so we are tempted …!