February 2018

Webinar: How to use joint procurement to encourage innovation?

22 February 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Hosted by the SPICE project, this webinar will provide a brief introduction into joint procurement and Common Buyers Groups in the context of public procurement. The webinar will also explore how joint and common procurement can be used to encourage innovation in procurement.

The webinar aims to explore the best practices in joint procurement, provide insights regarding the definition, types, benefits and challenges of common procurement, and support the work of new Common Buyers Groups.

Find more information here or register directly at

Fostering the Transition towards a Circular Economy in Europe

27 February 2018, 10:00 - 16:30
Brussels, Belgium
The event, taking place the 27th of February in Brussels, will provide an opportunity for industry experts, policy makers, academics, NGOs and other key stakeholders to review the latest European regulatory policy developments on the Circular Economy Package and discuss strategies aimed at promoting a more sustainable economy.

The symposium will allow delegates to assess the current challenges to the transition towards a more circular economy, consider ways to overcome them, set future priorities and share best practice and initiatives from across Europe. Participants will also get the chance to consider the role local authorities can play in the implementation of a better municipal waste management system. This session will include discussion on how to boost the market for secondary-raw materials through strategic procurement.

For more information on the event please visit the event's webpage.

March 2018

Challenging the sustainability of the global ICT supply chain: from mining to procurement

8 March 2018, 12:00 - 18:00
Leuven, Belgium
On the 8th of March 2018, from 12.00 – 18.00, KU Leuven, CATAPA and People and Planet are co-organising a symposium on “Challenging the sustainability of the global ICT supply chain: from mining to procurement” at the KU Leuven Campus Brussels.

The main topic is the sustainability of the electronics supply chain, including the procurement of ICT by public institutions. The symposium will give participants the chance to network with each other and find some new and interesting ways to manage the issues of sustainability within the global ICT supply chain.

CATAPA is currently involved in a joint learning initiative with other NGOs and institutions called “Make ICT Fair”, funded by the EU. The project aims to provide concrete improvements in the lives and livelihoods of workers and communities associated with ICT supply chains - particularly in the Global South.

There are limited spots available so please subscribe before the 20th of February by e-mail to (mark your email with SYMPOSIUM).

The 15th Procura+ Seminar

21 - 22 March 2018, 9:00 - 17:00
Oslo, Norway
The City of Oslo (Norway) and ICLEI are partnering to host the 15th Procura+ Seminar on 21-22 March 2018, to bring together a diverse range of practitioners, experts and policy makers from across Europe.

Procurement is evolving rapidly and changing how public authorities across Europe purchase goods and services. Purchasing authorities are expected to professionalise procurement and take into account sustainability and innovation. Join Procura+ Network participants, key organisations working in the field and European Institutions at this event to unlock the untapped potential and opportunities within your own procurement plans, and learn skills needed to make better, strategic and more sustainable procurement decisions.

Participants will get the chance to hear from the City of Oslo on their new procurement strategy, and from the SPP Regions project partners on experiences of engaging with suppliers, applying circular procurement and using life cycle costing tools.

Detailed information about the Seminar will be made available on the Procura+ website. Please do not hesitate to contact at with any questions or if you would like to collaborate.

October 2018

10th EcoProcura Conference

Sustainable and Innovation Procurement
3 - 5 October 2018
Nijmegen, Netherlands
European Green Capital City of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability are pleased to announce the 10th edition of the EcoProcura Conference on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement taking place on 3-5 October 2018.

The conference will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations in Nijmegen to discuss the latest developments in sustainable and innovation procurement:

- Current best practice in implementation
- European policy developments and international initiatives
- Opportunities for collaboration between procurers in Europe
- Practical tools for implementation (circular procurement, life cycle costing, monitoring, e-Procurement)
- Market dialogue, joint procurement, social issues, professionalisation of procurement

Online registration will open in early 2018. For more information, visit the EcoProcura Conference Series website, or email: