CALL: TRAINING FOR SME-FRIENDLY POLICIES IN CENTRAL PURCHASING BODIES
Call identifier: COS-TSMFRIEND-2017-2-01 Publication date: 01 August 2017
Call summary and aims
Central purchasing bodies (CPBs) are among the largest buyers at national level since they launch and manage large calls used by all relevant public authorities to procure certain goods or services. By aggregating demand, CPBs may reduce SMEs access to PP markets and therefore it is essential that CPBs buying practices allow for SMEs access to public procurement markets.
The action aims at ensuring participation in a specialised university programme on public procurement to have personnel better trained on Public Procurement within CPBs.
Funding will be given to one or two universities in the EU, possibly located in a city well connected with priority7 countries.
Funding to the university will cover tuition fees for the training programme, travelling cost, and accommodation. The university (ies)8 beneficiary of the grant will take care of managing travelling and accommodation of participants. The university (ies) will organise a conference at the end of the course, where the cohort would meet with best practitioners in public procurement in the EU.
The content of the action should include public procurement law and practical tendering processes, as well as strategic procurement and supply chain management, to ensure CPBs can benefit from private sector procurement efficiencies while maintaining compliance within public procurement legislation and guidelines. Strategic Procurement also allows for policy areas, such as assisting SMEs with access to public procurement markets, as well as Green and Social procurement to be addressed
Target participants of the programme would be, in particular, staff from newly established CPBs.
The expected results of the university/academy programme will include:
- Approximately 30 staff from across Member States to have completed the programme and increased their knowledge and understanding of procurement
- The establishment of a pan-European network of highly skilled public procurement officials that have taken part in the programme
- The development of knowledge-sharing initiatives in their own Member State in order to further professionalise CPB personnel
- The potential for the university (ies) involved in the process may wish to expand the course outside of this funded programme, providing further education in public procurement to officials.
- 01 August 2017 00:30 The submission session is now available for: COS-TSMFRIEND-PP-2017(COSME-GA)
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