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Seminar on Socially Responsible Public Procurement: How can public procurement secure a professional and safe work-environment?

How can public procurement secure a professional and safe work-environment? Is the current EU framework fit for purpose?

Join us in Brussels as we examine this question, drawing upon Belgium's and Norway’s commitment to securing decent working conditions through socially responsible public procurement. Key political stakeholders in Norway, Belgium and the EU will embark on a discussion about the current legal framework in Europe as well as where the potential for improvement lies.


  1. 18 Apr 2024,
    02:00 PM - 05:00 PM CEST

    Opening statements by

    Pierre-Yves Dermagne, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Employment (tbc) 

    and Tore Sandvik, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Intervention by

    Member of the European Parliament, Agnes Jongerius (NL, S&D, Employment Committee)

    Presentation of cases from Belgian Embuild and Oslo Municipality

    Panel debate with

    • Research expert on responsible business conduct at KU Leuven, Boris Verbrugge
    • Director Merete Clausen, DG GROW.C, European Commission 
    • Legal director Elke van Overwaele, Embuild (The Belgian Construction Association)
    • Team leader Responsible worklife, Trine Amundsen, Oslo Municipality, Norway

    Concluding remarks by Per Olav Skurdal Hopsø, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion

Practical information

Norway House
Rue Archimède 17, Brussels, Belgium
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