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News article24 January 2024

Big Buyers Working Together to Launch Community of Practice on Digital

CoP Digital

Pursuing the successful closing of the Needs Assessment (NA) Phase of the Project, which culminated with identification of collaboration topics through active bilateral and group exchanges with interested Public Authorities (PAs), the Big Buyers Working Together project is preparing to onboard its members to the Community of Practice (CoP) on Digital!  

This newly established CoP will be coordinated by Eurocities and will bring together public authorities (PAs) across Europe, including City of Cologne, City of Nantes, Burgas Municipality, Slovakian Ministry of Interior, Malta Information and Technology Agency, Andalucia Region as well as others who may join during the lifetime of the CoP. 

The NA has showed that there is an interest among participants to work together on the following topics:  

  • defining sustainability criteria in procurement of ICTs and other digital products,  
  • Comparing and aligning different methods of procuring (e.g., dynamic purchasing systems and systems of open tenders), 
  • Reinforcing the joint purchase powers of public authorities, by stimulating joint procurement practices on digital services and bridge the gap between suppliers and procures, 
  • Adoption of AI solutions for public purposes. 

  

Once onboarded, the CoP will develop its own Community Road Map to define objectives and communicate its objectives and more detailed collaboration activities. Other PAs having interest to join this CoP are encouraged to contact the BBWT Secretariat at all time, as the onboarding of new members is still possible. 

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