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Procura+ Interest Group provides expert advice at workshop

19 July 2016

The Procura+ Interest Group on Market and Supplier Development has already been active, providing expert consultation at a workshop on market engagement in Copenhagen for the SPP Regions project. David Morgan of Cornwall Council, Katja Kardikova of City of Oslo and Maria Pagel Fray of City of Copenhagen all offered their advice and experience to the SPP Regions project partners. They each presented how their organisations are developing supplier engagement and relationships, and hosted a clinic in which SPP Regions partners were able to ask for advice on their own plans for engaging the market.

The Procura+ Interest Group on Market and Supplier Development launched in June 2016. The Interest Group is facilitated by Procura+ Participant Cornwall Council, with the cities of Oslo and Copenhagen, also both Procura+ Participants, joining as the founder members.

The focus of the group will be split across three main topics: assisting businesses in understanding the needs of the public sector and public sector procurement; building effective, competitive markets and driving innovation; and supplier relationship management and continuous improvement.

If you are interested in joining an existing Procura+ Interest Group, or want to find out how to start a new group, visit the Procura+ Interest Group webpage for more details.

Registration opens for Procura+ Seminar 2016

8 July 2016

Registration is now open for the Procura+ Seminar 2016, which takes place in Rome on 13 and 14 October. The Seminar is organised by ICLEI in cooperation with the Forum CompraVerde-BuyGreen conference and together with the SPP Regions and GPPbest project consortia.

You can register by clicking here.

The Procura+ series of seminars provide an opportunity for face-to-face exchange amongst purchasers from all levels of government and procurement stakeholders. The 2016 Seminar will explore how working together in networks – from regional to European level – can increase capacity and support implementation of sustainable and innovation procurement. The programme will include keynote presentations, workshops and interactive sessions aimed at building and strengthening existing networks.

The Procura+ Participants and Strategic Partners meeting will take place on the afternoon of 13 October, the day before the Procura+ Seminar. All are welcome to attend, get involved and receive a flavour of the activities the Procura+ Network has to offer.

Detailed information about the event is available on the Procura+ website. You can contact ICLEI with any questions or queries at rome2016@iclei.org.

Procura+ webinar on monitoring of SPP

6 July 2016

The Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network recently hosted a webinar entitled How sustainable are your purchases? Monitoring to improve your SPP. Attended by over 40 people, the webinar explored best practice, success stories and key techniques for effective monitoring of sustainable procurement.

Robert Kaukewitsch of DG Environment gave an introduction to SPP monitoring at European policy level, including current research into the scope of monitoring and the possibility to align green public procurement (GPP) monitoring with mandatory e-procurement. This was followed by a presentation by Els Verwimp of the Government of Flanders on the practical approach to SPP monitoring in the Flemish Environment, Nature and Energy Department. In the next presentation, Patrizia Giancotti of Metropolitan City of Rome Capital provided an overview of SPP Monitoring in Rome, showing how the authority tries to make reporting simple and “force” buyers to comply with GPP criteria. The third presentation, by Aure Audell of EcoInstitut, examined key elements and recommendations for monitoring SPP implementation.

If you missed the event, you can view a full recording of the webinar on the Procura+ website.