European Commission – Flagship Public Sector Event Coming Soon

On October 26, the European Commission will hold its flagship public sector procurement event at the Swissôtel in Berlin. It’s important to note that the event is free for procurement people, but you do have to get yourself to Berlin and pay for accommodation (which is good value by London standards). This year’s event is on "innovative public procurement" and the agenda looks strong.

Of particular note, we think, are Miguel Sobral, Executive Vice President & Board Member Vortal, talking about "How to assure a successful implementation of Public e-Procurement." And Sue Hurrell from the Welsh Government's Value Wales initiative will tell us all about SQUID.  "Public procurement of innovation – friend or foe?" will involve some high-level speakers from Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. And addressing the concerns of SMEs with the increased use of Cooperative Procurement is Paul Quinn, CEO, Office of Government Procurement, Ireland.

There are many other interesting names and themes on the agenda, but in particular we must of course mention that our own Peter Smith will be chairing one of the Panel Sessions: Simplifying the procurement process – implementing the ‘once-only’ principle. This is described as: focusing on the "once-only principle" and highlighting the various dimensions of introducing "once-only" in a Member State (legal, technological, institutional etc). Alongside him will be some high-level influencers who should make the discussion very interesting.

This annual conference typically gathers about 300 participants from across the EU private and public sectors, including many key stakeholders and policy makers. So there will be plenty of opportunity to interact and share knowledge. This year strong emphasis will be on innovation and how it can help the EU to meet its targets for competitiveness and growth. “Public procurement of innovation offers untapped potential. Equally as important is the possibility to reform public procurement processes and make them leaner, simpler and more user-friendly,” the EC says.

Organisations interested in attending the conference should pre-register. The registration link is available here: Procurement conference and registration is done on a "first-come-first-serve" basis. However, the deadline for initial expressions of interest is 10 October 2016 and the conference organisers aim to confirm registration of selected participants by 12 October 2016 – so do hurry if you want a seat at this prestigious event.

It is worth noting that simultaneous interpretation will be provided from and into English and German.

We do hope to see you there.

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