Increasing complexity of public procurement procedures enforces the need for creating a EU-wide entity to support public institutions with know-how and clear guidelines how to efficiently collect all required market information and conduct tenders.

Public sector, in order to efficiently implement beyond state-of-the-art optical equipment in today’s networks needs to synchronize efforts by building a common procurement roadmap specifying common requirements in the short term and mid-to-long term areas of common European interests.


The ultimate goal of the project is to optimize the usage of public funds for building beyond state-of-the-art public networks. The key approach towards this goal is a creation of a common information platform for public procurers and support them in the whole procurement process chain by providing the organizational and technical expertise.

Introduction to PCP

Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) is an approach within the public procurement of innovation, developed specifically for the procurement of R&D services rather than actual goods and services; if the goods or services developed during the R&D phase are to be procured, this would need to be based on a separate procurement process. READ MORE


Introduction to PPI

Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) occurs when public authorities act as a launch customer for innovative goods or services. These are typically not yet available on a large-scale commercial basis and may include conformance testing. READ MORE

European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (EAFIP).

Workshop for innovation procurement in public construction Report. By: Rudolf Vohnout, Radek Velc When: 14th Nov 2017 Where: City Hall, Prague, Czech Republic The most active organization in public procurement procedures-related actions domain conducted a workshop in Prague on 14th of November. The presentations might be seen on: The event itself could be (seen from the perspective of an attendee) divided into two parts: General information about public procurement. This covers presentations about PCP and PPI from general (and already well known) perspective. Personally, what I see as the most valuable was going through the funding opportunities of the upcoming period (2018-2020) of Horizon 2020 in PCP/PPI domain. It is also worth to mention that for several times have been emphasized (and asked by the audience) that PCP actions are excluded from the EC Public Procurement regulations. On the other hand PPI actions have to be conducted under the regulations. Also, Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) criteria should be applied to Public Procurement evaluation. Value engineering approach should be considered as well. Concrete Use Cases and Best Practices, mainly from PCP domain. Several use cases has been present. One of the most interesting and inspiring was the QUACO use case. This was a CERN PCP action to R&D new type of magnet to be used in the upgraded version of the accelerator. However interesting it was, CERN and the Large Hadron Collider with its upgrades is a very special use case. Individual regulations just for this case had to be approved to enable realization of such specific procurement procedures. The other use cases followed the general procurement pattern... read more

Internal PCP/PPI Awareness Event.

During CESNET internal seminar/workshop on 24th of October 2017, a presentation with information about PCP/PPI has been shared by our colleague Radek Velc. He went through the essential steps and benefits of the approach as well as preliminary results project has archived so far. PCP/PPI mechanisms were described as essential for fostering the innovative potential of R&D community. When targeting at the products and services not currently available at the telco market, such approach very increases efficiency of many various fields of a NREN performance including reducing costs.  At the end of the seminar there was an interesting discussion, mainly about financial scheme of the R&D... read more