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European Assistance for innovation procurement

The EC has setup a service that provides promotion, training and local assistance to procurers interested to implement innovation procurements across the Member States. More info here:

  • Over the next 3 years, 12 events in different EU countries will provide info and training on PCP and PPI.
  • Training is based on a toolkit on why and how to implement PCP and PPI. A helpdesk will post replies to FAQs online.
  • Local assistance focuses on public procurers that want to start a PCP or PPI procurement for ICT based solutions at national level. It includes legal assistance in the start-up and implementation phase of a PCP or PPI. The target is to kick-start 6 new PCP and 6 new PPI procurements.

Interested to benefit from this European assistance on innovation procurement? Let us know.

2015 European PPI award

The Award aims to recognise successful public procurement practices that have been used to purchase innovative, more effective and efficient products or services. Public authorities can apply by completing the application form and sending it to by 31 March 2015. For more information go to:


Mid term results FP7 PCP projects

Interesting data is available about the impact of first 7 out of 14 FP7 funded PCP projects that have awarded R&D contracts so far.

  • With 75,5% of contracts won by SMEs – more than twice the typical amount in public procurement in Europe – the PCPs are clearly opening a route-to-the market for new market players.
  • Stimulating cross-border company growth is also happening: 33,3% of contracts were awarded to companies that are not from a country of any of the procurers in the buyers group of the PCP – 25 times more than normally in public procurement in Europe.

Want to know where the winning bidders come from? This and more detailed info about the impacts of the first PCPs here.

News from EU funded projects

New Innovation Procurement Projects February 2015

New innovation procurement coordination and networking projects are starting as a result of the first Horizon 2020 calls for proposals.

  • EURECA (Green data centers)
  • CEPPI 2 (Reducing energy consumption)
  • SPP Regions (Sustainable PPI procurement)
  • BRODISE (Brown field decontamination)
  • PPI4WASTE (Waste management PPI)
  • InnoProBioForum (Bio-based products procurement)

More info about all on-going innovation procurement projects funded by FP7, CIP and Horizon 2020 here.

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