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Public Procurement Package for Local and Regional Authorities: Legal Options to Boost your Economy, Barcelona

Magische Fontein van Montjuïc in Barcelona
datum 11 april 2013 - 12 april 2013
plaats Barcelona, Spanje
organisatie European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

Target group

The seminar is directed towards national and regional procurement professionals, solicitors, public and private firms, as well as individuals from the technical and academic communities who are interested in the innovations taking place worldwide in the field of public procurement.


In December 2011, as announced in the Single Market Act, the Commission adopted its proposals on public procurement. These proposals are part of an overall programme aiming at an in-depth modernisation of public procurement in the European Union. This programme includes the revision of Directive 2004/17/EC (procurement in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors) and 2004/18/EC (public works, supply and service contracts), as well as the adoption of a directive on concessions, which were until now only partially regulated at European level.

This two-day seminar will provide in-depth training on the involvement of local and regional governments in the application of EU public procurement rules. It will bring together various experts/actors, covering the most relevant practical aspects in order to provide examples of good practices. The first day will be devoted to the EU public procurement rules and their implications for local and regional authorities (LRAs) at key moments of the policy cycle and amidst the situation of economic crisis. It will first introduce the current rules and their multilevel aspect. Second, the transposition and implementation of EU public procurement Directives will be looked at, specifically regarding the legal and practical solutions for local and regional levels of governments. Third, the negotiated procedure and the special appeal procedures will be covered focusing on the implication for the LRAs. Fourth, it will analyse the views from the European Parliament on issues such as the strategic use of public purchasing power by public entities and how to increase the use of new techniques and tools through electronic procurement.

The second day will be devoted to the new typology of procurement, focusing particularly on the growing use of Public-Private and Public-Public Partnerships in the regions and cities in the current period of economic crisis. The interplay of different laws (state aid, services of general economic interest and PP) will also be covered. Secondly, the Directive on Concessions will be discussed, relating it to the resistance motives of the regional and local level towards it. Thirdly, a practical exercise on competition state aid and public procurement services will take place.

The various presentations will also provide opportunities for discussion on the modernisation of public procurement, including participants’ experiences.

Learning methodology

The seminar will include a range of presentations, as well as interactive elements such as roundtable dialogues, group work and case studies.


This seminar will give participants a sound understanding of the implications of the EU public procurement rules at local and regional government level. In addition, participants should be well-prepared for effective participation in the procurement process in their home organisation. They should gain a good understanding of the EU procurement system as well as of the specific impacts of the system on local and regional authorities.

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European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

Het Europees instituut voor bestuurskunde (beter bekend als The European Institute of Public Administration - ofwel EIPA) streeft ernaar om de kennis van ambtenaren die zich met de EU bezighouden te vergroten door het ontwikkelen en organiseren van trainingen. Het instituut wil wetenschappelijke kennis en praktische 'know–how' met elkaar verbinden. EIPA bestaat al meer dan 35 jaar.

Het hoofdkantoor van EIPA is gevestigd in Maastricht en heeft dependances in Luxemburg en Barcelona. Gemiddeld nemen 14.000 nationale en Europese ambtenaren per jaar deel aan de trainingen. Daarnaast biedt EIPA ook consultancy, onderzoek en op maat gemaakte programma’s/trainingen aan. Bij EIPA werken circa 120 hoogopgeleide medewerkers.


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