Making public procurement work for SMEs: enhancing digital innovation and sustainability through tendering

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Agenda & Speakers' slides

14:00  Welcome and introduction
14:05 – 14:25 Session 1 – EU public procurement of digital solutions Info-session

  • 14:05 – 14:15 State of the art and overview on main instruments to procure digital technologies at EU level (Download the PowerPoint) Anita Poort, Innovation and procurement policy advisor, DG GROW, European Commission
  • 14:15 – 14:20 SME National focus: Tips and best practices to access public bids – Spain focus (Download the PowerPoint): José Morales Sánchez, Innovation Director at Elliot Cloud
14:25 – 14:50 Session 2 – Sustainable public procurement for the green transition

  • 14:25 – 14:35 Sustainable public procurement for the green transition: demanding and supplying sustainable (green, social, circular) goods, services and works (Download the PowerPoint) Anna Lupi, Legal and Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission
  • 14:35 – 14:45 – Best Practice: The governance of the naBe action plan in Austria for the green and fair transition (Download the PowerPointGerhard Weiner, Head of the naBe platform
14:50 – 15:20 Session 3 – Public procurement of digital innovations: GovTech and new forms of procurement

  • 14:50 – 15:00 How public procurement can help reaching digital sovereignty and boost digital innovation (Download the PowerPoint) Andrea Halmos, Deputy Head of Unit D2 Interoperability, DG DIGIT, European Commission
  • 15:00 – 15:20 Case studies – In conversation with Public Administrations and companies
    • Case study 1: Enhancing innovation through procurement Teresa Girbal, Vice-President and CIO at ESPAP, IP (Portuguese Public Procurement Entity) and Paulo Valente, Chair of DIGITAL SME Focus Group Smart Communities
    • Case study 2: Pre-commercial procurement of digital innovations in practice Petteri Rekomaa, Technical Expert at Forum Virium Helsinki and Tapio Toivanen, BEE – Building Energy Efficiency (AI4Cities)

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