As part of the Single Market Forum, and in cooperation with local partners, the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is organising a series of workshops in several European cities on the professionalisation of public procurement.
The new public procurement rules adopted in 2014 provide a toolbox for EU countries to make more efficient and strategic use of public procurement. More professional public procurement bodies will deliver more efficient public procurement markets, greater savings for public buyers, and provide more opportunities for European businesses, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). They will be able to make the most out of the tools at their disposal to deliver better value for money and pursue overriding policy objectives through strategic public procurement. However, this will only happen if public buyers are able to procure in accordance with the highest standards of professionalism and are provided with the tools to deliver professional results.
Goals of the workshops
The objective of the workshops is to raise awareness on the need to deliver professional results in public procurement, to exchange and discuss existing good practice in EU countries, and to propose guidance on how to develop performance in procurement across the EU. The workshops will include presentations from administrations and stakeholders who have developed good practice followed by working sessions aimed at determining the main desired features of professionalisation tools such as guidance and templates, trainings, education, career management, efficiency tools, helpdesks and exchange platforms.
Application procedure and logistics The event is invitation only. If you want to apply, please contact: GROW-PP-PROFESSIONALISATION@ec.europa.eu. The decision to accept or to refuse an application request is taken by the organisers of each workshop and depend on different criteria. These may include the number of available seats, the target audience, balanced representation of countries and organisations, etc. Within a few days of your application, you will be informed on whether or not you can attend the selected workshop(s). You will receive a separate email for each request.