Final Action Plan of the Public Procurement Partnership available!

The Partnership on Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement proudly presents its final Action Plan. With the seven proposed Actions, the Partnership seeks to facilitate a joint effort for a public procurement strategy of cities that facilitates and supports innovation and sustainability (social, economic and environmental).

The Actions relate to three clusters:

  • Building a procurement strategy and managing strategic procurement (Actions 1-3);
  • Developing relationships with economic operators; utilising the market potential and bringing it closer to the purchasers (Action 4);
  • Providing guidance on legal tools and improving competence on innovative and sustainable procurement (Actions 5-6).

The Partnership formalised seven Actions, namely:

  1. Guidance on building city strategic procurement and how to manage strategic procurement (Action 2.1.1)
  2. Measuring spend and wider impact in European cities (Action 2.1.2)
  3. Recommendation(s) for funding for procurement of innovation, strategic procurement, joint cross-border procurement and in particular social procurement and circular procurement (Action 2.1.3)
  4. Innovation procurement brokerage (Action 2.2.1)
  5. Legal handbook innovative public procurement (Action 2.3.1)
  6. A flexible concept for setting up and further development of Local Competence Centres for innovative and sustainable procurement (Action 2.3.2)
  7. Competence building in circular procurement (Action 2.3.3)

Please note that the order and some Action titles have changed since 2018. The titles presented above are in line with the Table of Actions, which is regularly updated.

The Partnership also outlines cross-cutting issues and links with the New Urban Agenda/Sustainable Development Goals and other Partnerships.

Read the full document below.


Public Procurement
Final Action Plan of the Public Procurement Partnership
(3.7 MB - PDF)


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