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Corvers participates in Security Research Event 2019

Corvers participates in Security Research Event 2019

8 November 2019

On the 7th of November Stephan Corvers moderated the panel discussion on procurement at the Security Research Event 2019 in Helsinki. The SRE 2019 is the annual meeting organised by the European Commission where industry, governments and knowledge institutions come together to discuss the state of play and current challenges for security research in Europe, and where EU funded security-related projects are on show.

Mr. Corvers was honoured to act as a moderator at the SRE 2019 panel discussion on Procurement: Enabling the Market Uptake of Research Outcomes. The panellists were François Brizard (European Commission, DG RTD, Innovation ecosystems), Piia Moilanen (Chief advisor, Innovative public procurements, KEINO), Bertwin Lussenburg, (Programme Manager Innovation Team, Ministry of Justice and Security, NL) and Soraya Artiles Burgos (Guardia Civil, Technology and Innovation Service, ES).

The panel was dedicated to Procurement. As a catalyst for the market uptake of innovative solutions, procurement must become more flexible and adapt to constantly changing needs. Public procurement should be re-defined as a strategic tool rather than a purely administrative one. A common understanding of the opportunities created by innovative public procurement schemes, but also of the obstacles to their successful implementation, is needed.  The dynamic and interactive panel discussion showed the rising interest in innovation procurement.

During the panel Mr. Corvers was able to share the lessons learned of the EAFIP initiative. The European Assistance for Innovation Procurement-initiative is an initiative from the European Commission (DG Connect) that aims to provide promotion, training and local assistance to public procurers and policy makers that are interested to implement innovation procurements of ICT based solutions across the EU Member States.

The SRE 2019 gathered 400 participants representing a wide range of security stakeholders: researchers, industry representatives, public security providers and practitioners - including fire departments, police, border guards, and intelligence agencies - as well as policymakers from across Europe.