Livestream: Releasing the Power of Procurement Workshop

Lea Hemetsberger

Apr 30, 2019



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On 2 May, the workshop Releasing the Power of Procurement Workshop will take place in Brussels. For those who could not make it, the European Commission offers a livestream broadcasting the workshop in full length.

Tune in from 9:30 on 2 May:


09:30 – 09:45 Welcome

  • Peter Wintlev-Jensen, Policy Officer, IoT Unit, DG Connect, European Commission
  • Martin Brynskov, Chair, OASC / Coordinator, SynchroniCity & NGIoT

09:45 – 10:00 Setting the Scene

  • Davor Meersman, CEO, OASC

10:00 – 12:00 Panel debate: How Can the Public Sector Foster Innovation? Benefits and Challenges of Experiments and Procurement

In this panel we will discuss the current state of innovation procurement in the EU, highlight benefits and shortcomings and debate what changes are necessary to fully reap the potential of digital transformation through public procurement in the EU.

Input Talk: Lieve Bos, Policy Officer, Innovation Unit, DG Connect, European Commission

Panel speakers:

Karin Goedheid, Digipolis Antwerp
Nathan Pierce, Greater London Authority / Sharing Cities
Catherine De Dorlodot, GOVERN & LAW
Jaroslav Kracun, Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission
Lieve Bos, Policy Officer, DG Connect, European Commission

Moderated by Martin Brynskov, OASC

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 – 14:30 SMEs & Public Procurement

SMEs are considered the backbone of the European economy. Does public procurement take the needs of the local innovation ecosystem and particularly SMEs into account? How can standards-based procurement foster a thriving local economy?

Panel speakers:

Sebastiano Toffaletti, Secretary-General, Digital SME Alliance / ETSI
Marlene Grauer, Coordinator, Procure2Innovate Project / Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics
Joao Rodrigues Frade, Head of Sector, Building Blocks, DG DIGIT, European Commission
Chiara Frencia, Head of Secretariat, SERN & LEA project

Moderated by Davor Meersman, OASC

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:30 Best Practices & Next Steps

This session aims at highlighting procurement best practices and defining recommendations for a European roadmap based on the presentations. The session is guided by the questions how to use best practices to advance procurement and how to foster concrete collaborations.

Input Presentation & Moderation: Bernadett Köteles-Degrendele, EUROCITIES


Ian Makgill, OpenOpps / “They Buy For You” project
Wim De Kinderen, Brainport Eindhoven / ENoLL
Saied Tazari, Fraunhofer IDG
Martin Serrano, OASC Ireland / Insight

16:30 – 16:45: Conclusion and Main Takeaways

16:45 – 17:30 Stakeholder Session: Certification for Interoperability for data-driven and digital solutions – Feedback from the Procurement Community