BIG BUYERS INITIATIVE

What is the Big Buyers Initiative?

The Big Buyers Initiative, is a European Commission platform for promoting collaboration between big public buyers in implementing strategic public procurement.

Public procurement can be a key tool in driving the development of innovative goods and services on the European market. By working together, and pooling their resources, cities, central purchasing bodies, and other major public procurers can maximise their market power and impact. The initiative presents a compelling opportunity to engage with other public authorities across Europe and to shape new innovative solutions to your procurement needs.

ICLEI and EUROCITIES are currently running the initiative on behalf of the European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The initiative aims to work together with existing networks and organisations active in this area.

 

 

Getting involved

We are looking for ambitious and committed public authorities willing to work together to develop pioneering approaches to procurement, and develop strategic joint actions to help move the market.

We are setting up working groups of at least 3-7 public authorities who want to collaborate on a specific procurement sector, and try to move the market together.

Activities could include, for example, developing joint statements of demand, organising market engagement activities, developing technical specifications/ tender criteria, collecting and sharing best practice, even joint procurement- the targeted outcomes for each group will be determined by the buyers involved.

Contact us

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Simon Clement
simon.clement@iclei.org
+49 761 368 9244

 

EUROCITIES
Anja De Cunto
Anja.DeCunto@eurocities.eu

+32 2 552 0867

Support provided

ICLEI and EUROCITIES will provide:

  • Logistical support to run the group
  • Reimbursement of travel costs for meetings
  • Organising external expertise as necessary
  • Opportunities for peer-to peer-exchange and training or relevant topics

If you are interested in getting involved, or want to find out more, please contact us, using the contact details shown in the right-hand column.

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