05/24 2018 // International
Public purchasing: BME wins EU funded project
The aim of the “Procure2Innovate” initiative, funded by the EU Commission and limited to four years, is to connect new and already existing competence centres for public procurement in Europe.
BME has won the EU funded project “Procure2Innovate”. Dr. Silvius Grobosch, Managing Director of the Federal Association of Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics e.V. (BME), emphasised on Thursday in Frankfurt that “as a coordinator, we will make our contribution to the modernisation of public procurement”.
The aim of the initiative, which is funded by the EU Commission and limited to four years, is to link new and already existing competence centres for public procurement in Europe. Grobosch stated: “This is all about promoting innovation. BME assumes the coordination and communication function. It makes us proud that we were able to prevail with our project proposal against European competitors”.
Germany, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Spain and Portugal, ten EU countries in total, are cooperating to increase the innovative strength of public procurement. Due to its many years of experience with KOINNO – the competence centre for innovative procurement in Germany – BME has been managing the work of the ten EU Member States since February 2018. These EU Member States will network at the institutional level within the project “Procure2Innovate”. The goal is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, cooperation and exchange of best practices in the field of innovation procurement and also to develop strategies to support purchasers in the public sector. In addition, the project partners design a joint position on the tasks of modern procurement and represent them to political bodies.
Grobosch goes on to say: “Procurement2Innovate joins the internationalisation strategy of BME and completes the already signed collaboration projects and activities with European partner associations and organisations”. In addition, BME will become the mouthpiece of public procurement in Europe. Grobosch concludes: “In addition, we gain insights into the respective markets and the drivers of those markets”.