The purpose of the MLE on innovation-enhancing procurement is to set up an EU knowledge-sharing service on innovation-enhancing procurement, encouraging mutual-learning, identifying good practices and providing advice in the field. The MLE aims to support Member States in designing, implementing and/or evaluating different policy instruments in relation to innovation-enhancing procurement.
The participating countries will get together to explore the best ways to tackle the identified policy challenges: (1) developing a strategic framework for innovation procurement, (2) capacity building, (3) financial resources/incentives, and (4) measurement, evaluation and monitoring), acknowledging a need for change in the design and/or implementation of policy instruments and wishing to learn from experiences in other countries.
This kick-off meeting discussed the four main issues to be addressed in the upcoming workshops on innovation-enhancing public procurement: a strategic framework, capacity building, financial and other enabling incentives and resources, as well as measurement, evaluation and monitoring. The MLE team presented the draft Modus Operandi, the roadmap and general overview of the MLE process and its structure. The meeting was also an opportunity to meet the country representatives on innovation-enhancing procurement, and to present and discuss the major challenges, scope and topics of the MLE.
How to use public procurement to enhance innovation? This first country visit focused on the topic of a strategic framework for innovation procurement, as well as national strategies and action plans for promoting Innovation Procurement. As part of such a framework, definitions, goals, indicators, tools and activities, as well as roles and responsibilities of the actors involved, were discussed by the participants. In addition, it was an opportunity for participating countries to learn and exchange experience with the hosts, PIANOo and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands.
The public sector is a major purchaser and potential customer for innovative companies, products and services. How best to use this potential to enhance innovation? This second country visit focused on capacity building. Public entities have pursued different approaches to fostering effective use of the various innovation procurement procedures, adequate formulation of tenders, dealing with innovation-related risks, and getting internal and external backing. Equally, suppliers such as SMEs may require a better understanding of public entities’ needs, while politicians might need to better understand the societal and long-term benefits of innovation procurement. The working meeting on 1 June was preceded on 31 May by a visit to procuring organisations.