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Conference on Smart Public Procurement: New frontiers for public procurement

Conference on Smart Public Procurement: New frontiers for public procurement
Published on: 13/03/2015
The fourth annual conference on public procurement is taking place on 12 June 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. The theme is smart public procurement.
Event date: 12/06/2015
Location: Grandior Hotel Prague

What is it about?

The beginning of 2014 saw the entry into force of new public procurement directives and the directive on e-invoicing in public procurement. This means that the focus in the sector has switched to how to implement the new rules and make them work in practice.

Implementation of the new public procurement directives also provides the opportunity to re-think the way public procurement is organised in EU countries to make it more efficient and effective, and better value for money – in other words, to make it 'smarter'.

Smart procurement implies leaner, simpler and more transparent procedures (though greater digitisation amongst other things), less bureaucracy, and a high level of professionalism on the part of the buyers.

It means lower costs for both public buyers and suppliers, and new opportunities for European enterprises through easier access to public procurement procedures at national and EU country level.

It also offers the possibility to use public procurement strategically to pursue other important policy objectives, whether environmental, social, or those related to promoting innovation in the European economy.

This conference is being organised by the European Commission and the Czech Ministry of Regional Development.


Friday, 12 June 2015.


Prague, Czech Republic
Grandior Hotel Prague
Na Porici 42, 110 00 Prague
Public transport: Florenc metro station 


  • Opening speeches - European Commission and the Czech Ministry of Regional Development
  • Session I - Smart public procurement
  • Session II – Aggregation: striking a balance between savings and SMEs' access to the markets
  • Session III – Learning from experience in the use of electronic tools
  • Session IV – New tools for the management of public procurement
  • Closing keynote speech   

Agenda and presentations


Recordings of the webstreaming are avaliable:



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