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    Public procurement of innovative solutions in the Construction sector – public consultation, deadline 15 January 2019

    Public procurement is an important catalyst for modernizing the public sector with innovative solutions, for opening up business opportunities for companies and for speeding up the adoption of solutions that meet strategic EU policy goals. A good understanding of the situation in innovation procurement in the Member States is therefore important for all of us to develop and implement relevant EU policies.

    In this context, the study SMART 2016/0040 commissioned by the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology presents a benchmarking of national policy measures that stimulate public procurement of innovative solutions. This exercise benchmarks the performance of the 28 Member States, Norway and Switzerland according to 10 indicators.

    They are:  implementation of a clear official definition for innovation procurement, endorsement of innovation procurement in horizontal, sectorial and ICT policies, adoption of a national action plan, target, monitoring system, incentives, capacity building and assistance measures for innovation procurement as well as the overall innovation friendliness of the national public procurement market.

    Of particular interest to the construction sector is indicator 4 “sectorial policies” which tracks to what extent the strategic importance of innovation procurement is endorsed by sectorial policies.

    The 30 country profiles, and the ranking of the performance of them according to the benchmarking indicators, are now published for online consultation until 15 January 2019 at https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/online-consultation-benchmarking-national-innovation-procurement-policy-frameworks. The consultation is open to all types of stakeholders: policy makers, experts, public procurers, companies etc.

    The Construction2020 team kindly welcomes in particular contributions from stakeholders in the construction sector to enrich indicator 4 “sectorial policies” with additional information about ongoing and planned innovation procurement-related policy initiatives in the sector in the 30 countries. Adding such sector-specific information to the benchmarking is important for increasing the impact of innovation procurement in the future.

    Source: Construction2020 team, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs © European Union, 1995-2018

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