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Europe’s public authorities are major consumers. It is estimated that 15% of Belgian GDP comes from public procurement. By using their purchasing power to choose eco-friendly goods and services, public authorities play a key role in fostering sustainable consumption and production. This “green purchasing” is what we call Green Public Procurement (GPP). GPP is also a strong stimulus for eco-innovation. In fact, it stimulates a critical mass of demand for more sustainable goods and services which otherwise would not easily get onto the market. But there are also barriers that need to be overcome. For example, 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. 

The online workshop “Green Companies for green regions and green cities” will gather Belgian regional/local authorities and innovative green companies around the same (virtual) table, as well as EU institutions and international researchers. The goal of this participatory workshop is to jointly discuss and find solutions concerning: 

  • EU and Belgian procurement rules, with emphasis on the terms and conditions for innovative GPP;
  • Latest international research on green supply;
  • Barriers and solutions for regional and public authorities involved/interested in GPP;
  • Barriers and solutions for SMEs involved/interested in GPP.

The online workshop will be participatory, including both the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers, as well as a survey of attendees to collect their input, as it is intended that the outcomes of the workshop will feed into the design of the project.

For any questions, please contact giacomo.frisanco@eurada.org