Following the latest major overhaul of the EU procurement framework in 2014, all public authorities across Europe may use public procurement to pursue social objectives. But in practice, many public buyers don’t dare to, or don't know how to proceed. Public procurement remains a largely untapped source of growth for social economy enterprises.
Therefore, the European Commission recently launched a new project financed under the COSME programme. The project will inform authorities and industry in 15 EU countries about social considerations in purchasing procedures by
- raising awareness
- training contracting authorities
- training suppliers to the public sector
A consortium led by the European Association for Information on Local Development (AEIDL), bringing together other European organisations representing social economy enterprises across the EU, will prepare the workshops. They will be rolled out in the course of 2019 in the following EU countries: Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden.