European Commission launches initiative for efficient and sustainable public procurement
On October 3, the European Commission put forward an initiative to make public procurement more sustainable, efficient and professional.
The initiative defines priority areas for Member states to focus on in their procurement : greater uptake of innovative, green and social criteria in awarding public contracts; professionalisation of public buyers; improving access by SMEs to procurement markets in the EU and by EU companies in third countries; increasing transparency, integrity and quality of procurement data; digitisation of procurement processes; and more cooperation among public buyers across the EU.
The European Commission initiated a consultation to gather feedback from stakeholders on how to stimulate innovation through public procurement.
Interested parties can leave their feedback until January 2, 2018, through this form.