How can cities stop money from going down the drain during public procurement? How can cities, conversely, make procurement work for them, joining forces to stimulate the local economy? The Commission invites cities, and other key players in business and industry, to attend a high-level conference, ‘Joining forces in public procurement to power investment’.
Taking place on Thursday 7 December, the conference will touch on transparency and integrity, including how these will be effected by digital transformation; on professionalisation, making sure the right skillset and tools are in place initially to increase efficiency and minimise mid-way hiccoughs; and on large infrastructure projects, with a special presentation of the voluntary ex-ante mechanism which the Commission have set up to help cities assess their procurement plans, potentially saving millions before projects even get off the ground.
The speakers and attendees include high-level officials and politicians from the European Commission and from national governments, as well as academics, consultants and CEOs of major European firms. The Commission has also invited the EU Presidency, the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank, and EUROCITIES president, Daniel Termont, mayor of Ghent. Come and join us as we put our heads together and, in the words of speaker Jyrki Katainen, the Commission’s Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, “unlock the full potential of public procurement”.
Location: Wiltcher’s Steigenberger Hotel
71 Avenue Louise
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°691895
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