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The European Commission issued a notice on Guidance on Innovation Procurement. The purpose of this Notice is to offer practical guidance on innovation public procurement.
On 18 October 2017 the eafip workshop Innovation Procurement within the energy sector will take place in Tallinn, Estonia. The workshop aims at ministries, regional and local authorities, agencies, public utility entities within the energy sector.
Recently the Anti-SUPERBugs PCP project was launched to mobilize public and private purchasers and networks of users in the field of health-care associated infections to put the joint & direct procurement process in action.
The ISO has launched the first global standard for sustainable procurement, ISO 20400, which aims to establish guidelines for companies and procurers to make supply chains more ethical and sustainable
The next Global Sustainability Standards Conference, organized by ISEAL Alliance, will be taking place in Zürich, 27 - 29 June 2017. The event will bring together more than 300 sustainability leaders and experts from business, government, NGOs and academia to discuss the future of standards and certification in delivering greater impact at scale.
The new European Interoperability Framework (EIF) is part of the Communication (COM(2017)134) from the European Commission adopted on 23 March 2017. The framework gives specific guidance on how to set up interoperable digital public services.
The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) has launched a consultation on innovative digital solutions for active and health ageing. Targeted at organisations involved in the implementation and delivery of large-scale PPI solutions focused on older people, the consultation aims to identify potential PPIs between 2017 and 2020 and contribute to EIP on AHA's Policy Dashboard.
The report provides one of the first compilations of data on the engagement of firms in public procurement across a wide number of countries and its relation to existing measures of innovation.
Recently the book Trials and Tribulations in the Implementation of Pre-Commercial Procurement in Europe by Corvers consultant Ramona Apostol was published by Springer Publishers.
Recently the Research Handbook on EU Public Procurement Law has been published by Edgar Elgar Publishing. The handbook was edited by Christopher Bovis (University of Hull, UK). Corvers' legal advisor Oana Pantilimon Voda also contributed to the book with a chapter on Innovative and Sustainable Procurement: Framework, Constraints and Policies.
Recently Corvers' legal advisors Oana Pantilimon Voda and Carolien Jobse published an article regarding market consultations in the framework of innovation procurement. The article has been published in the European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review (EPPPL 3/2016 (Vol. 11).
The EU Institutions should do more to help businesses find contracts on offer and bid for them, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The auditors call for a cut in the red tape involved in EU public procurement and a new online platform with contracts from all the Institutions.
Over the last few years high fixed costs, and excess capacities, of IT infrastructures induced the emergence and significant growth of cloud computing, as it can readily satisfy demand for a variety of services without users having to invest heavily. Due to its nature, cloud computing has raised a number of issues such as data security and governance in the global scenario. More recently the issue of pricing strategies captured the attention of the main actors and academics. In particular the most widely adopted pricing model so called pay-as-you-go, or pay-per-use, is currently being challenged as the appropriate criterion for charging users. In the lecture the main pricing schemes will be presented, discussing their advantages and limitations.