First Belgium Stakeholder Cafè - barriers and solution for both SMEs and regional/public authorities involved in Green Public Procurement
Mon June 28 2021, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
XPRESS gives support to Public Procurements to facilitate the collaboration between SMEs and public sector for the adoption of RES (Renewable Energy Sources) in regions. Public procurement can be an effective tool for promoting innovation and integration of RES. The stakeholder Café is aimed at identifying solutions and proposals, considering both barriers (including EU procurement rules) and opportunities based on the most up to date results of the XPRESS project.
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  • Monday
    Jun 28
  • 10:00amConnection to the zoom platform
  • 10:05amWelcoming, introduction of the workshop - Giacomo FRISANCO, Project Officer at EURADA
  • 10:10amExperiences and ideas on Renewable Energy Sources procurement for SMEs and Public Authorities. Gaëtan Quinet, metropolitan City of Charleroi, and Jim Williame - Ecopower
  • 10:50amQ&A session
  • 11:00amHow Regional Development Agencies are implementing Green Public Procurement (GPP) at local level. Georgiana Nedelea, ADR Nord Est – GPP Stream; and Michele Bartolomei, ART-ER - PREPAIR
  • 11:40amQ&A session
  • 11:50am
    12:00pm
    Conclusions of the day and next steps Dr Paola ZERILLI, XPRESS scientific project coordinator (University of York)

Event details

 
XPRESS in a nutshell
XPRESS – an EU-funded project under Horizon 2020 R&I programme – gives support to Public Procurements to facilitate the collaboration between SMEs and public sector for the adoption of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in regions. Public procurement can be an effective tool for promoting innovation and integration of RES - for municipalities and businesses. However, there are several barriers that need to be overcome.
 
First Belgium Stakeholder Café - barriers and solution for both SMEs and regional/public authorities involved in Green Public Procurement
The stakeholder cafe is aimed at identifying solutions and proposals, considering both barriers (including EU procurement rules) and opportunities based on the most up to date results of the XPRESS project.
For example, it may be difficult for a public authority to find the small and medium-sized enterprise that can offer innovative services. By the same token, complex public procurement procedures might represent a burden for SMEs.
These issues are even more relevant when restarting business after the pandemic. In this context, the workshop will be evaluating barriers and enablers to the collaboration between innovative SMEs and local government.  For instance, it may be difficult for a public authority to find an SME offering the “green” innovative services needed. Conversely, it may be a barrier to SMEs that procurement procedures at regional and municipal level are overly complicated.
 
For the above mentioned reason, a table round discussion is foreseen among Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) which are dealing with innovation in RES through Public Procurement and Green Public Procurement (GPP).