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Recovering from the Pandemic: European Initiatives, U.S. Perspectives

Recovering from the Pandemic: European Initiatives, U.S. Perspectives

15 May 2020

The European Union has launched important initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in joint procurement and funding innovation to drive the recovery. In the United States, governments’ initial response was marred by fierce competition between federal and state governments for critical medical supplies. But U.S. governments have a long tradition of joint procurement (called “cooperative purchasing”) among governments, and in funding innovation through various initiatives including the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. International organizations, including the United Nations, have also played an important part in coordinating international relief efforts in procurement. 

Stephan Corvers participated in this free hourlong webinar held through George Washington University Law School’s Government Procurement Program and the University of Turin’s School of Management and Economics, to discuss the European Union and its member states’ initiatives, and U.S. and transnational perspectives. Experts presented the European initiatives, with commentary from U.S.-based businesspeople, attorneys and academics with long experience in cross-border procurement and innovation through public procurement.

Watch the replay of the webinar here.

For more information on the webinar and the panellists, visit the website of Public Procurement International.