On 4 July 2023 Professor and EPLG member Albert Sanchez-Graells held the public lecture ‘AI in the public sector: can procurement promote trustworthy AI and avoid commercial capture?’ at the University of Bristol Law School. This lecture completed the research project ‘Digital technologies and public procurement. Gatekeeping and experimentation in digital public governance’. The recording and slides are available.
Prof. and EPLG member Albert Sanchez-Graells recently publishes on his blog howtocrackanut.com two policy briefings on digital technologies and public procurement. The work is part of the Professor’s research project ‘Digital technologies and public procurement. Gatekeeping and experimentation in digital public governance’, for which he was awarded a Mid-Career Fellowship by the British Academy for academic year 2022/23. All materials linked to the project are available in the ‘Digital Procurement Governance’ tab.
On 10 January, EPLG Members Roberto Caranta, Marta Andhov and Willem A. Janssen, together with the colleague Olga Martin-Ortega, presented their final report on ‘How to drive Sustainable Public Procurement forward in the European Union?’ at The Greens/EFA of the European Parliament. They discussed the main findings of their analysis of the legislative development from ‘how to buy’ to ‘what to buy’ in current and future EU legislative initiatives. The report will be published in due course. Meanwhile, an edited volume on this topic is due to be published this year, namely W.A. Janssen, R. Caranta (eds.), Mandatory Sustainability Requirements in EU Public Procurement Law: Reflections on a Paradigm…
The forth SAPIENS Advanced Training Course (ATC) will be held on 15-17 June at the University of Gävle (Högskolan i Gävle), in the city of Gävle, Sweden. The event includes lectures by distinguished professors and procurement experts and will focus on sustainability assessment and benchmarking, reporting, and collaboration for sustainable public procurement. The ATC will be relevant for early-stage researchers, practitioners interested in procurement and sustainability such as representatives of contracting authorities, central purchasing bodies, procurement agencies, governmental procurement departments, and other procurement professionals. More information, agenda and registration for the event here.
On March 7th, 2022, Members François Lichère and Roberto Caranta spoke at the workshop “Public Procurement : An Accelerator for the European Green Deal”, during the Climate Chance Summit Europe 2022 in Nantes, held in synergy with the European climate conference organised by the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union (PFEU). Find out more about the workshop and the full event here
EPLG Member and Professor Mario Comba spoke at the International Conference “The Challenge of Recovery and the Role of Public Procurement”, held in Zaragoza, Spain, between 10 and 12 November 2021. Comba’s talk took place on 11 November within the Panel on “Public procurement for a modern health system: towards better patient care”. This International Conference was promoted by different Public Procurement Observatories and Universities and was also sponsored by the Government of Aragón and the Chamber of Zaragoza.
EPLG Member Mario Comba participated in the workshop for research project: “Safeguarding Competition and Equal Access to Central Purchasing Bodies’ agreements”, held at University of Copenhagen on 27 October 2021. The research project investigates whether central purchasing bodies’ agreements are safeguarding the aim of the procurement rules and find new ways of creating competitive and flexible agreements. During the workshop several Danish researchers in the field of public procurement presented their studies around CPBs.