New EC initiative fostering Innovative Public Procurement
The European Commission has recently launched the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (EAFIP) initiative, aiming at supporting innovative public procurement. The initiative will assist public procurers (ministries, local authorities, etc.) to implement innovation procurements, namely Pre-Commercial Procurement PCP and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions PPI, across the European Union. During the next three years (2015-2017), EAFIP will focus on promotion, training and assistance to public procurers with a concrete interest in implementing innovation procurements for ICT based solutions across the EU.
EAFIP will focus on:
• Helping procurers in the design and implementation of their procurement process and providing a toolkit to assist them with the procedure.
• Organising training workshops specifically targeted at providing procurers and using good practice approaches and hands-on support.
• Promotion for innovation procurement to a wide audience through three major events.