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The power of sustainable public procurement

Nov 18, 2020 | News

(18 November 2020) – AEIDL, in cooperation with ICLEI, organised a workshop at the European Week of Regions and Cities to inspire European, national, regional and local government officials and experts on sustainable public procurement.

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By presenting good practice case-studies taken from the report ‘Making socially responsible public procurement work – 71 good practice cases’ written by the two organisations on behalf of the European Commission, in the frame of the #WeBuySocialEU project, we wanted to show that it is possible to combine social and environmental criteria in the same public procurement procedure.

Some take-aways from the session: to better implement sustainable procurement, it is necessary that the European Commission and national authorities better inform contracting authorities about what they are allowed to do, support them in the design of the pre-tendering phase, during which to develop a dialogue with suppliers and end users. At the same time, suppliers should better inform public authorities about what they can offer.

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