Reporting website
of the European Week of Regions and Cities
| 2017
Addressing urban and regional challenges through public procurement
1. The new legal framework provides effective improvements by stimulating competition, offers equal opportunities for SMEs through open, fair, and transparent public procurement processes, and enables procurers to think through how the process can address social and environmental goals. 2. It is important to build on support and confidence through powerful policies and productive practices, and by working with professionalism and applying the best practices in the matter of public procurement, in the context of ESIF. 3. Better preparation and public procurement planning should be more visible and tangible for SMEs, in order to better focus on results and promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness, with the best value for public money. 4. With efficient use of budgetary and human resources, a decreasing amount of documentation for procurement, using standardised tender documents, will reduce operational costs and time, and the level of errors. 5. Communication between public authorities and market operators shall be improved in terms of understanding the real needs of each party, to understand how money is spent. The use of e-procurement measures will maximise efficiency and reduce operational costs. Procurement is also a cycle which starts well before the tender stage. 6. Workshop participants identified several key elements related to the importance of green public procurement, such as its relevance to influencing and boosting the transition to a low-carbon economy. 7. Regions and cities can utilise public procurement of innovation for innovative goods and services.
Take away message
Public procurement is a key factor affecting public investments in the context of ESIF. Activating the market and stimulating competition while offering equal opportunities for SMEs, with open, fair and transparent public procurement processes, leads to better performance and efficient implementation of procurement delivery. Adapting procurement processes would lead to the achievement of strategic environmental policy goals and economic, social and environmental benefits for businesses with a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
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October 11




  • Matthew Jackson, Expert, URBACT Programme and Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), United Kingdom
  • Marjana Dermelj, Expert, Interreg Europe SYMBI project, Slovenia
  • Christof Schremmer, Expert, ESPON and ÖIR GmbH, Vienna, Austria
  • Dorota Wrobel, Expert, URBACT and the municipality of Lublin, Poland
  • Anna Lupi, Legal and Policy Officer, European Commission – DG GROW – Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Belgium
  • Florin Neculcea, Finance Manager, Interact Programme, Spain