To facilitate experience sharing, a collection of innovation procurement initiatives are listed here. We would be grateful to receive further information about experiences in your country.

Sweden

Short overview of the Swedish innovation procurement strategy and activities. The Swedish competition authority KKV provides methodology support and guidelines for innovation procurement, while VINNOVA's competence center on innovation procurement financially support Swedish procurers to undertake innovation procurements via its Innovation Capacity in the Public Sector program (presentation). 

VINNOVA support has succesfully triggered the implemention of several PCP projects (Overview of PCPs in Sweden): In 2013 a PCP on Innovative Traffic Systems (City of Stockholm, the Swedish Transport Administration, Stockholm Public Transport and Kista Science) and a PCP on Electric traction of heavy lorries and other large vehicles (Swedish Transport Administration). In 2013-2014 the Communal Federation Norvatten completed a PCP to develop new safe techniques to join water pipes. In 2014-2015 the Kappala association of eleven municipalities completed a PCP that developed mercury free COD analysis methods for wastewater and waste products. In 2014-2015 SAMSA, the network organization for southern Swedish municipal waste operations, completed a PCP that successfully developed new solutions that can replace or complement today's community recycling centers and reduce the generation of waste.

The EU funded projects IMAILE (on e-learning with lead procurer Halmstad Municipality) and PREFORMA (on digital preservation for libraries and national archives, lead procurer Riksarkivet – National Archives Sweden) are example of groups of procurers from several EU countries that are doing together a joint PCP under Swedish law.

Swedish procurers are participating also in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP projects SILVER on elderly care (city of Västerås), V-CON on virtual road modeling (Traffikverket), RELIEF on relieving chronic pain (Uppsala county) and in the buyers group of the EU funded PPI projects INNOBUILD on sustainable buildings (Falun) and PROBIS on sustainable construction (City of Borlange holding company). Swedish procurers participate also in the EU funded networking project P4ITS (ITS Sweden) on PPI for deploying Intelligent Transport Systems.

Austria

Overview and presentation about the Austrian innovation procurement strategy and more detail about the Austrian action plan for 2014 onwards. In 2011, "Innovation promoting public procurement" was included as priority in the Austrian federal strategy for research, technology and innovation by the Austrian Federal ministries for Innovation, Technolgy and Economy (BMVIT and BMWFJ). Since September 2013 the BBG operates the central Austrian competence centre on innovation procurement that offers training, documentation, assistance and small grants to Austrian procurers to prepare an innovation procurement. In 2014 a monitoring system was setup to measure annual expenditure on innovation procurement in Austria and a political commitment to innovation procurement plans, targets and budgets was recommended.

The first PCP pilots in Austria in the transport domain by Austrian highways agency ASFINAG and Austrian railways OBB-INFRA started end 2011 and finished mid 2014. In 2014 two other PCPs were started: the first one to improve the energy efficiency in historic buildings by the Austrian Burghauptmannschaft and the second one on electrically powered locomotives in shunting with and without catenary by OBB-PRODUKTION.

Austrian procurers participate also in the buyers group of the EU funded PPI projects HAPPI on healthy ageing (BBG), INNOBOOSTER on office furniture and lighting (Federal Ministry of Finance, BBG, Airport Linz) and THALEA PPI (BBG). Austrian procurers participated also in the P4ITS networking project on PPI for intelligent transport systems (ASFINAG, Austriatech) and in the INSPIRE healthcare procurement networking project (BBG).

Germany

Short overview of German innovation procurement initiatives. According to a German government study in 2009 already 10% of public procurement spending in Germany is going to buying innovative solutions (PPI), but R&D procurement is lagging behind. In 2013 the BMWI created a German competence centre for innovation procurement that provides information and advice and assists procurers with PCP and PPI, with the aim to modernise the public administration by increasing the share of total public-sector purchasing that goes to innovation procurement.

Some German regions have also developed their regional PCP strategy. The North-Rhine Westphalia approach helps regional public procurers to participate in EU funded PCP and PPI projects by financing the financial contribution of public procurers to participate such projects up to maximum 200.000 EURO. ZENIT has been appointed also by the region to kick-start projects that actively use Horizon 2020 and ESIF funding in synergy, including PCP and PPI projects.

The EU funded project THALEA is an example of a transnational group of procurers are doing together a joint PCP under German law (lead procurer is University Clinic Aachen) in the field of telemedicine for Intensive Care Unit patients at increased risk. The THALEA PPI, that will follow the THALEA PCP, is an example of a joint transnational PPI procurement that will be launched under German law (same lead procurer). The EU funded HBP (Human Brain Project) that focuses on human brain simulation is also conducting a PCP under German law (Juelich).

German procurers participate also in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP projects IMAILE (Ministry of finance of Saxony Anhalt), PREFORMA (Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz), PRACE 3IP (Forschungszentrum Juelich) and HNSciClouds (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie and Deutsches Elektronen-Synchroton, European Molecular Biology Laboratory EMBL). German procurers (Fire department city of Dortmund) participate also in SMART@FIRE PCP project on smart ICT solutions for firefighter garments.

German procurers participate also in the EU funded PPI projects PROLITE on lighting (Bremen), PAPIRUS on sustainable construction (Landratsamt Enzkreis) and in the PRO4VIP networking project that is preparing a PCP and/or PPI ICTs for visually impaired people (Berufsförderungswerk Düren).

Italy

Short description of Italian PCP iniatives. During 2011-2012 Italy introduced PCP into its research and innovation policy framework and developed national guidelines on PCP for Italian public procurers. A first PCP based on the above Italian framework for PCP was finalised end 2015 by Lombardy region, the Niguarda hospital and ARCA. This award winning Lombardy PCP successfully developed new, more environmental friendly, cheaper, and easier-to-use automated universal systems for moving hospital beds, with anti-collision and safety systems, not needing guide lines or tracks even on non rectilinear routes. A the national level, Italy has also set aside €100 M for PCPs in the context of large research and innovation projects supported by the Italian ministry for research (MIUR) and the EU Structural Funds.

The EU funded projects PRACE 3IPCloudforeurope and NYMPHA-MD are examples of groups of procurers from several EU countries that are doing a joint PCP under Italian law on respectively more energy efficient supercomputing solutions (lead procurer CINECA), cloud computing (AGID) and mental care for bipolar disorders (Trento). Italian procurers also participate in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP projects DECIPHER (ESTAV CENTRO), HNSciClouds (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare), MAGIC (Azienda Sanitaria Locale TO3 Piedmont, Ancona University Hospital).

Italian procurers also participate in the buyers group of the EU funded PPI projects STOPANDGO (Health Agency Rome, Regional health agency Campania, Health agency province Catanzaro), SYNCRO (Provincia di Torino), ECOQUIP (Bologna University Hospital Authority - St. Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinic), INNOCAT on sustainable catering (Torino), PROLITE on lighting (Comune di Torino, CONSIP), PAPIRUS on sustainable construction (ATC Torino) and PROBIS on sustainable construction (City of Torino, Lombardia region).

Italian procurers participate also in the P4ITS networking project (city of Verona, Liguria region) about PPI on intelligent transport systems, the SPPREGIONS network on energy efficient buildings, transport and catering (Torino), the BRODISE networking project on soil decontamination (Trieste), the WATERPiPP networking project about innovation procurement in the water sector (ARCA Lombardia, Puglia region), and the PRO4VIP networking project (Rittmeyer regional institute for the Deaf, Friuli Venezia Giulia region, University Salerno) that is preparing a PCP and/or PPI ICTs for visually impaired people. The House Ambrosetti PCP competence center was also active in the INSPIRE networking project that provides training and case study material about PCP and PPI cases in the healthcare sector.

Netherlands

May 2014 Rijkswaterstaat embedded PCP into its policy framework for innovation procurement and is together with the Dutch ministry of Economics and Interior working to make this the policy framework for innovation procurement across the rest of the Dutch government. End 2013 to 2015 the province of Brabant conducted a PCP (in cooperation with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) on Intelligent Transport Solutions for resolving shockwave jams (Tender documents).

The EU funded V-CON project is an example of a group of traffic management authorities from different EU countries (lead procurer is Rijkswaterstaat) that is doing a joint PCP call for tender under Dutch law in the area of virtual construction of road infrastructure through building information modelling. Dutch procurers also participate in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP projects THALEA (University Hospital Maastricht), SILVER (city of Eindhoven), PREFORMA (Beeld en Geluid),  Cloudforeurope (Ministry of Finance, Tax and Customs), HNSciClouds (SURFsara). Dutch procurers (National disaster response agency) participate also in the SMART@FIRE PCP project on smart ICT solutions for firefighter garments and in the SAEPP network of procurers that prepares a PCP on smart ambulance (University Medical Center Groningen),.

Duth procurers also participate in the buyers group of the EU funded PPI projects STOPANDGO (Gemeente Helmond), THALEA PPI (University Hospital Maastricht), ECOQUIP (Erasmus University Medical Center) and SPEA (Duurzamen gebouwen Eindhoven). Dutch procurers participate also in the TRANSFORM network of procurers on PPI for sustainable transport (Rotterdam city), in the WATERPiPP networking project about innovation procurement in the water sector (Rotterdam commune, Deltares), in the SPPREGIONS project on PPI for energy efficient buildings, transport and catering (Rotterdam-The Hague region) and in the PPI4WASTE networking project that promotes PPI on resource efficiency and waste management (Rijkswaterstaat).

Finland

Short description and presentation of Finnish demand driven innovation strategy and TEKES smart procurement program. Since 2008 TEKES innovation procurement competence center provides practical support and financial incentives to Finnish public procurers to undertake innovation procurements. TEKES has so far supported around 70 national PPI projects. TEKES also supports the participation of the cities of Vantaa and Oulu in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP project SILVER.

Finnish procurers also participate in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP projects THALEA (Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District), IMAILE (Municipality of Konnevesi), SELECTforcities (Forum Virium Helsinki) and in the buyers group of the EU funded PPI project INNOBOOSTER on office furniture and lighting (Hansel) and THALEA PPI (Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District).

Finnish procurers participate also in the EU funded networking project P4ITS that prepares a PPI to deploy Intelligent Transport Systems (Finnish Transport Agency, VTT) and the SAEPP network of procurers that prepares a PCP on smart ambulance (South Karelia Central Hospital). The Nordic Healthcare Group leads the INSPIRE networking project on innovation procurement in healthcare and the link between PCP and venture capital.

Norway

In 2013 Difi published national guidelines for PCP implementation in Norway that were developed in cooperation by health regions in Norway, Sykehuspartner, the Research Council and Innovation Norway. Innovasjonnorge also setup the OFU program that provides up to 50% co-financing to Norwegian public procurers for R&D procurements/PCPs.

Oslo city's water agency launched a PCP end of June 2014 that focuses on finding innovative solutions that enable a dig-free method for connecting private water lines e.g. inside homes onto the municipal water network. The potential economic, social and environmental gains are significant. More info here. The Oslo water agency PCP is supported by the OFU program.

Statoil and Gassnova, Norwegian oil and gass operators governed by public law, launched a PCP in July 2011 to get innovative solutions developed for carbon capture and storage. The PCP finished beginning 2013 and succesfully compared solution approaches from 5 vendors representing different carbon capture technology approaches. Short description of the Statoil - Gassnova carbon capture PCP.

Norwegian procurers are participating in the EU funded PPI projects INNOBUILD (Lyngdal Commune), PAPIRUS on sustainable construction (Oslo Kommune) and LCB-HEALTHCARE (SINTEF – Directorate for Health Affairs).

Nordic-Baltic cooperation

In 2011 the Nordic Ministers of Industry launched a Nordic lighthouse initiative in the healthcare domain to strengthen collaboration between Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland on PCP and PPI. In the meantime also the Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined the initiative. In support of this initiative Tekes, Vinnova, the Danish Business Authority, Innovation Norway, Rannis and Nordic Innovation jointly launched a call for projects which supported so far 3 Nordic networking projects.

Belgium

Short overview of the Belgian initiatives on innovation procurement in the Flemish, Brussel Capital and Walloon region. The Brussels Capital and Walloon region have set the objective to encourage public procurement of R&D and innovative solutions by 2014-2015. The Flanders region and its Competence Center for innovation procurement developed in 2009 an approach that encourages procurers to go through the complete path starting from political ambitions and procurement needs for innovative solutions up to the final procurement (PCP or PPI). As there was a gap on R&D procurement, a pilot scheme of 10 Mio EURO was run between 2010 and 2015 and a new pilot scheme is under preparation for the 2016-2019 period. In 2014, Ghent city set a target to dedicate 10% of its annual ICT procurement budget to innovation.

The SMART@FIRE project is an example of a group of procurers from different EU countries that is doing a joint PCP under Belgian law to get smart ICT solutions for firefighter garments developed (Belgian Federal Home Affairs Ministry - IBZ). Belgian procurers participate also in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP projects THALEA (Hospital East Limburg), PREFORMA (koninklijk instituut voor het kunstpatrimonium), SELECTforcities (Digipolis Antwerp) and in the EU funded PCP project CHARM (Department of Mobility and Works)

Belgian procurers (city of Ghent) participate also in the EU funded PPI project FIRED-UP on fire fighting vehicles, in the P4ITS networking project (Flanders Region) and in the PPI4WASTE networking project that promotes PPI on resource efficiency and waste management (Association des cites et regions pour le recyclage et la gestion durable des ressources).

United Kingdom

Various NHS divisions apply also PPI (called Forward Commitment Procurement in the UK) for deploying solutions that address short-to-mid-term procurement needs. Description with case examples on innovation procurement in NHS.

The UK ETI (Energy Technology Institute) case illustrates how an entity that is financed by a combination of public and private funds, and in which private and public partners collaborate on research and innovation, can undertake a PCP. The ETI case was notified to the European Commission and the ETI PCP approach was found to be compliant with competition rules and to not constitute State aid.

The EU funded projects CHARM (next generation traffic management centers, Highways Agency) and SILVER (robotics solutions for elderly care, Stockport city) are examples of groups of procurers from different EU countries that are doing together a joint PCP call for tenders under UK law.

UK procurers also participate in the buyers group of the EU funded PCPs projects DECIPHER (TRUSTECH – Central Manchester Foundation Trust), PRACE 3IP (EPCC), UNWIRED HEALTH (NHS 24 Scotland), HNSciClouds (Science and Technology Facilities Council) and in the SMART@FIRE PCP project on smart ICT solutions for firefighter garments (Greater Manchester fire and rescue authority).

UK procurers participate also in the buyers group of the EU funded PPI projects STOPANDGO on elderly care (Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group), HAPPI on healthy ageing (NHS Commercial Solutions), ECOQUIP on medical equipment (Nothingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Health), LCB-HEALTHCARE on low carbon heatlhcare (Department of Health), FIRED-UP on fire fighting vehicles (London Fire Brigade), PROLITE on lighting (Transport for London), SPEA on sustainable buildings (Birmingham city), SPPREGIONS on PPI for energy efficient buildings, transport and catering (South West England region), CEPPI on energy efficient solutions for cities (Birmingham) and in the EURECA networking project that promotes PPI for green data center uptake (Oldham).

UK procurers participate in the EU funded procurers networking projects PRO4VIP that is preparing a PCP and/or PPI ICTs for visually impaired people (UCL Partners), the SAEPP network of procurers that prepares a PCP on smart ambulance (NHS Commercial Solutions), TRANSFORM on sustainable transport (Birmingham) and C4BI with cities on healthcare (Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire).

Spain

Short description and presentation about the Spanish policy framework for innovation procurement. In 2011 the Spanish government passed a law embedding PCP and PPI into the Spanish strategy for research and innovation, setting a target of 3% of the procurement budget of the General State Administration to be spent on innovation, and mandating the Spanish center for research and innovation (CDTI) to provide financial incentives to public procurers for innovation procurement (mostly PPI supported via EU Structural Funds).

The EU funded projects DECIPHER and UNWIRED HEALTH are examples of groups of procurers from different EU countries that are launching a joint PCP call for tender under Spanish law. DECIPHER is doing a PCP on the topic of ehealth applications based on mobile access to electronic patient record data (lead procurer is Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya AQuAS). UNWIRED HEALTH is preparing a PCP on mobile care for vaccination and heart failure (lead procurer is Fundació Ticsalut).

Spanish procurers also participate in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP projects THALEA (Parc Tauli Sabadell University Hospital), NYMPHA-MD (CSPT University Hospital), IMAILE (City of Viladecans), PREFORMA (Ayuntamiento de Girona), HNSciClouds (Institut de Fisica d’Altes Energies), QUACO (CIEMAT), EMPATTICS (Consellería de Sanidade Galicia, Servicio Aragonés de Salud), RELIEF (Servicio Andaluz de Salud), and in the buyers group of the EU funded PPI projects THALEA PPI (Parc Tauli Sabadell University Hospital), SPEA on sustainable buildings (Barcelona city council), PROLITE on lighting (Ente Vasco de la Energia), PAPIRUS on sustainable construction (SESTAOBERRI), PROBIS on sustainable construction (Energy Agency of Andalucia), CEPPI on energy efficient solutions for cities (Castello, Valencia) and SPPREGIONS on PPI for energy efficient buildings, transport and catering (Barcelona region).

Spanish procurers participate also in the P4ITS networking project that is preparing a PPI on intelligent transport systems (Vigo city council, OHL concessions Spain), the INSPIRE healthcare procurement networking project (AIAQS), EPP e-HEALTH network that is preparing e-health PCPs/PPIs for hospital procurers (Servizio Andaluz de Salud SAS, Servizio Madrileno de Salud SERMAS), the PRO4VIP networking project that is preparing a PCP and/or PPI ICTs for visually impaired people (Barcelona Macula Foundation research for vision, Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya AQuAS), the TRANSFORM network of procurers on sustainable transport (Barcelona city council), the BRODISE networking project on soil decontamination (Bilbao city council) and the PPI4WASTE networking project that promotes PPI on resource efficiency and waste management (Mancomunidad del Sur).

France

The French government set a target to dedicate 2% of public procurement expenditure to innovation. A proposal is under discussion in which the French government would co-finance 20% of the procurement cost for deploying innovative solutions in the water sector.

The HAPPI project on healthy ageing is an example of a group of healthcare procurers from several EU countries that have launched a joint PPI procurement together (lead procurer is Resah-Idf). This PPI is implemented as a framework procurement under French law from which the procurers in the other HAPPI countries can buy via their own national legal framework). French procurers participate also in the EU funded PPI projects SYNCRO (Itinisère, Department of Mobility de l' Isère), INNOCAT on sustainable catering (Resah-Idf), PAPIRUS on sustainable construction (Grenoble city) and in the P4ITS networking project (ITS Bretagne, TOPOS Aquitaine) about PPI on intelligent transport systems and in the SPPREGIONS project on PPI for energy efficient buildings, transport and catering (West France region).

The RELIEF project is an example of a groups of healthcare procurers from several EU countries that are preparing to launch a joint PCP procurement under French law (lead procurer is Resah-Idf) about relieving chronic pain. French procurers participate in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP projects PRACE 3IP on energy efficient supercomputing (Genci), SMART@FIRE on smart ICT solutions for firefighter garments (SDIS fire department Bouches-du-Rhone), EMPATTICS (GCS D-SISIF Ile-de-France), HNSciClouds (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and QUACO (CEA). French procurers participate also in the V-CON PCP project (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Batiment), the WATERPiPP networking project about innovation procurement in the water sector (Office International de l'eau) and in INSPIRE networking project on innovation procurement in healthcare and the link between PCP and venture capital (Resah-Idf: Reseau d'acheteurs Ile-de-France).

Hungary

Short overview of Hungarian strategy and initiatives on innovation procurement. PCP and PPI are planned under the National Hungarian R&D&I strategy 2013-2020, with a special focus on healthcare, environmental, energy, educational, transport/logistics sectors. Hungary plans a 1 Billion HUF call to finance PCPs under the 2016 Economic Development and Innovation Operative Programme. Already back in 2011-2012 during the EU funded RAPIDE project, the Észak-Alföld region already investigated how to incorporate PCP into their regional operational programme for the Structural Funds.

Észak-Alföld Regional Innovation Agency participate in the P4ITS network about PPI on intelligent transport systems. Hungarian procurers participate in the EU funded PPI project ECOQUIP on medical equipment  (Semmelweis University Health Services Management Training Centre) and in the buyers group of the EU funded PPI project PROBIS on sustainable construction (City of Miskolc holding company) and CEPPI project on energy efficient solutions for cities (Budapest city).

Denmark

The Danish Market Development Fund provides grants to public procurers that cover the costs to prepare/implement a PCP or PPI procurement. In 2014, a number of PCPs started with the help of the fund (overview Danish PCPs): A group of Danish hospitals and regional healthcare authorities is doing two PCPs to reduce the spread of infections in hospital bathroom wards and for automation of sterilization centers in hospitals. Copenhagen and Tarnby city started a PCP on how to better manage high quantities of rain water in urban areas. In 2015 a group of Danish water utilities started a PCP to optimise the use of resources in wastewater.

Danish procurers participate in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP projects SILVER (city of Odense, South Denmark Region), NYMPHA-MD (Mental Health Services Capital Region Copenhagen), UNWIRED HEALTH (South Denmark Region) and SELECTforcities (Copenhagen city). Danish procurers are also participating in the EU funded networking project P4ITS that is preparing a PPI procurement to deploy intelligent transport systems (North Denmark Region), the EPP e-HEALTH network preparing e-health PCPs/PPIs for hospital procurers (Zealand region), the SAEPP network of procurers that prepares a PCP on smart ambulance (Falck, Region Zealand) and in the SPPREGIONS project on PPI for energy efficient buildings, transport and catering (Copenhagen region).

Slovakia

Slovakian procurers participate in the buyers group of the EU funded Cloudforeurope PCP project (Ministry of Finance).

Greece

November 2014 the Greek deputy minister of development and competitiveness announced that Greece prepares the creation of a competence center for innovation procurement with support of the Structural Funds. In 2015 PCP was added under the objectives of the Greek National Strategy for R&D&I (article 4).

Greek procurers are participating in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP project PREFORMA on long term digital preservation (Greek Film Center) and in the networking project COMPLETE (Greek Research and Technology Network GRNET) that prepares the ground for PPI on novel optical networking solutions.

Romania

Romanian procurers participate in the buyers groups of the EU funded Cloudforeurope PCP project (National institute for research and development).

Ireland

The 2008 "Innovation in Ireland" and the 2012 "Agenda 2020" strategy promote the use of PCP and PPI in Ireland to modernise public services and create new business opportunities for industry.

The group of procurers in the EU funded project MAGIC is preparing a PCP project that will be launched under Irish public procurement law (Public Health Authority, Health and social care board, Business Services Organisation).

Irish procurers participate also in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP project PREFORMA on long term digital preservation (Local Government Management Agency - LGMA).

Portugal

Portuguese procurers participate in the buyers group of the EU funded Cloudforeurope PCP project (Institute for the public administration shared services), in the SAEPP network of procurers that prepares a PCP on smart ambulance (INEM) and in the BRODISE networking project on soil decontamination (Seixal Municipality).

Estonia

November 2014 Estonia started with a package of measures to implement its "Public sector as a smart customer" strategy. In 2015 the ministry of economics and communication assigned the role as innovation procurement competence center to Enterprise Estonia. It was tasked to setup also a financial support scheme for Estonian public procurers to start PCPs and PPIs with co-financing from the European Structural Funds, that launched its first call in 2016. Awareness raising and good practice sharing is ongoing, a handbook on innovation procurement was also published, the setting of a target and the creation of a measurement system for innovation procurement spending are under the way. More info here.

Estonian procurers participate in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP project PREFORMA on long term digital preservation (Ministry of Culture - EVKM) and in the EURECA networking project that promotes PPI for green data center uptake (Ministry of Interior).

Latvia, Slovenia, Croatia, Malta, Bulgaria

In 2010, a study was completed that investigated the opportunities and implications for implementing 'innovation procurement in small countries' such as Latvia, Slovenia, Malta, Estonia, Iceland.

Slovenian procurers participate in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP project EMPATTICS (General Hospital Slovenj Gradec). Croation procurers participate in the EU funded PPI4WASTE networking project that promotes PPI on resource efficiency and waste management (Zagreb city holding). Bulgarian procurers participate in the EU funded SPPREGIONS project on PPI for energy efficient buildings, transport and catering (Gabrovo city).

Czech republic

Czech procurers participate in the networking project COMPLETE that prepares the ground for PPI on novel optical networking solutions (Czech education and scientific network CESNET).

Lithuania

The strategy for the Development and Improvement of the Lithuanian public procurement system for 2009-2013 and the Lithuanian innovation development programme 2014-2020 set a target for the share of innovation procurement to account for 5% of all public procurement in Lithuania. The ministry of economics developed guidelines for PCP and the Lithuanian Agency for Science and Technology MITA provides co-financing for Lithuanian procurers to start PCP procurements: projects are under preparation in 6 key areas (more info here).

Poland

April 2014 public procurement law was modified in Poland to pave the way for PCP implementation.

Polish procurers participate in the buyers group of the EU funded PCP project QUACO (NCBJ), in the buyers group of the EU funded PPI projects ECOQUIP on medical equipment (Sucha Beskidzka Hospital), LCB-HEALTHCARE on low carbon healthcare (Rawicz Hospital) and CEPPI on energy efficient solutions for cities (Wroclaw).

Polish procurers participate also in the networking project COMPLETE that prepares the ground for PPI on novel optical networking solutions (Poznan supercomputing and networking center PSNC) and the EPP e-HEALTH networking project that is preparing e-health PCPs/PPIs for hospital procurers (University hospital Krakow).

Luxemburg

Luxemburg procurers participate in the buyers group of the EU funded PPI project HAPPI on healthy ageing (EHL - Entente des Hopitaux Luxembourgeoises) and in the P4ITS networking project that is preparing a PPI procurement to deploy intelligent transport systems (CRP Henri Tudor).

Switzerland

The European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN based in Switzerland leads the buyers group of the PCP projects HNSciClouds (CERN) and QUACO (CERN) and participates in the networking project PICSE that develops a roadmap for cross-border procurement for the Trusted Cloud Europea science use case.

Note: Except where explicitly mentioned, the above national PCP and PPI approaches have not been notified to, and thus also not legally verified by, the European Commission.

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