Highlights: Releasing the Power of Procurement

Lea Hemetsberger

May 6, 2019


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On 2 May, procurement experts came together in Brussels to discuss the state of innovation procurement in Europe and find a solution to better reap the benefits of procuring ICT solutions for both public administrations and SMEs.

Currently, innovative and data-driven solutions are successfully being developed and tested during (EU-funded) projects such as SynchroniCity. While innovation is happening in Europe, SMEs and start-ups are facing barriers to accelerate market uptake. Procurement can be a concrete tool to foster European innovation, but during the workshop it has become clear that public procurers need to open up procurement processes and integrate SMEs and start-ups to stimulate innovation. Also, it was evident that a clear policy and pre-defined objectives are needed to push investments in innovative and data-driven solution to drive large-scale adoption.

The discussion will be continued at upcoming events and stakeholders are invited to provide feedback to the upcoming consultations on Digital Europe and Horizon Europe programmes. 

Re-live the workshop

The workshops presentations and debates are available as:

  • Recording: Available soon on the website of the European Commission
  • Photos: Get an impression of the day on Flickr
  • Presentations: Each presentation is available for download by clicking on “Slides” in the agenda below:
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Peter Wintlev-Jensen, European Commission EU Tech Agenda and the Internet of Things Slides
Martin Brynskov, Open & Agile Smart Cities Introduction Slides
Setting the Scene
Davor Meersman, Open & Agile Smart Cities The valley of Death for Smart City Investment Slides
Benefits and Challenges of Experiments and Procurement
Lieve Bos, European Commission Innovation Procurement in Europe Slides
Jaroslav Kracun, European Commission Public Procurement Package
and innovation related initiatives
Karin Goedheid, Digipolis Antwerp How to enable innovation in the public service Slides
Nathan Pierce, Greater London Authority Insights from SharingCities Slides
Catherine De Dorlodot, GOVERN & LAW Legal perspective of innovative public procurement Slides
SMEs & Public Procurement
Sebastiano Toffaletti, Digital SME Alliance The role of open standards to foster the European SME ecosystem Link
Marlene Grauer, Coordinator, Procure2Innovate Project European Network of Competence Centres for Innovation Procurement Slides
Joao Rodrigues Frade, European Commission CEF Digital Building Blocks and Their Role for Procuring Digital Services Slides
Chiara Frencia, SERN & LEA project Learntech Accelerator   Slides
Best Practices & Next Steps for Innovation Procurement
Bernadett Köteles-Degrendele, EUROCITIES Introduction No slides
Ian Makgill, OpenOpps Insights from OpenOpps Slides
Wim De Kinderen, Brainport Eindhoven The Power of Procurement   Slides
Saied Tazari, Fraunhofer / ActivAge Experiences with Public Procurement in Smart Living Slides
Martin Serrano, OASC Ireland Insight CentreRapid Prototyping” for Efficient Public Procurement
Conclusion and Main Takeaways
Martin Brynskov, Open & Agile Smart Cities Main Takeaways Slides