This Thursday, BBWT are officially launching the new larger and longer project called Big Buyers Working Together! Recently the project launched the Needs Assessment to kickstart the project. Register to learn how your organisation can shape this new edition and how you can benefit from participating.
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Public procurement can be a key tool in driving the development of innovative goods and services on the European market. Following the success of the previous edition, the European Commission (EC) has decided to launch the Big Buyers Working Together (BBWT) project to continue supporting collaboration between public buyers with strong purchasing power and promote the wider use of strategic public procurement for innovative and sustainable solutions. By working together and pooling their resources, cities, central purchasing bodies, and other major public buyers can maximise their market power and impact.
Following the recently launched Needs Assessment, ten Communities of Practice (CoP) will be established and hosted on the Public Buyers Community Platform. Each CoP will benefit from study visits, market dialogue, producers’ pitching sessions, meetings with industry associations and other events that will respond to identified capacity gaps and community members’ needs.
During this webinar you will learn about Big Buyers Working Together, including how you can participate in the current Needs Assessment (consultations on procurement needs). The Webinar will also be an excellent opportunity to learn about the benefits of participating in the project directly from the participants of the previous edition.
14:00 – 14:10 Welcoming remarks and introduction of the BBWT Secretariat (Eurocities, ICLEI, BME)
14:10 – 14:20 Setting the scene: the importance of strategic procurement – Ivo Locatelli, Senior Expert at the European Commission’s DG GROW, Team Leader on Strategic Procurement
14:20 – 14:40 Big Buyers Working Together: Presentation of the Project – How can you benefit? - Danko Aleksic, Project Coordinator, Eurocities
14:40 – 15:00 Identifying public buyers’ procurement needs: introduction of the Needs Assessment process – How can you participate in defining the future of public procurement in Europe? - Dominique Sandy, Senior Expert, ICLEI
15:00 – 15:20 Discussion with the audience, and Q&A session
15:20 – 15:30 Closing remarks