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

EPPPL Conference 2015: Latest Developments in EU Public Procurement and Concessions Law

23-24 March 2015 | Brussels Overview The conference on Day 1 will provide a comprehensive insight on the latest developments and the upcoming challenges in Public Procurement and Public-Private Partnership Law. Special focus will be given to Fraud and Corruption in Public Procurement, E-Procurement and Procurement & Innovation. The workshop on Day 2 focusses on the implementation of the new EU Concessions Directive and Concessions in Practice. The intensive workshop format offers a perfect platform for discussion, interaction and maximum participation. Rather than covering the basics, it concentrates on concrete issues and practice. Participants will receive expert guidance on how to interpret and meet the new challenges from a legal and practical perspective. Various practical case studies leave time for lively debates and in-depth discussion of individual questions. Who should participate? Legal practitioners in national and international law firms Representatives from public authorities on national, regional and local level Consultancies Public and Private Banks Academics Industry representatives and In-house counsels in the following sectors, among others: Energy Water Transportation Construction Waste Health Care Link to the website:... read more

Concertation meeting – Turning cloud research into innovative software & services

When: 25 March 2015 Venue: The Egg, Brussels, Barastraat 175, Brussel, 175 Rue Bara, Bruxelles The third CloudWATCH Concertation meeting looks at future directions for software services and cloud in Europe, highlighting new opportunities for novel research and innovation to ensure Europe remains a world leader. The meeting takes stock of new services going to market in the near future assessing their go-to-market scenarios, user experience and potential barriers to uptake. It concludes with a call to action on the most pressing challenges for market uptake, defining practical steps that can be taken. The meeting is for all active projects that are part of Unit E2 Software Services and Cloud. PICSE will attend the meeting by presenting its plan and early achievements. The Concertation meeting will be held at the Net Futures 2015 conference. You can register for the Concertation meeting here. Link to the agenda:... read more

ICT27 – submit your proposals in the H2020 opened calls related with PCP and PPI for 2015

A total budget of €130-140 million is published across the different Horizon 2020 work programmes of calls for proposals for PCP (pre-commercial procurement) and PPI (public procurement of innovative solutions) projects. Through Innovation support through public procurement actions (ICT 27 b) pilot deployment of software-defined optics in backbone networks are expected. Equip the networks of Public network operators (e.g., NRENs) with novel Software Defined Optical Networking technologies (from component level to system and network level) using first commercial hardware and software to transport high traffic volumes to demanding customers in a dynamic way. More information available in our Knowledge Area / Funding Opportunities. Source: read more

COMPLETE presentation @Milan event

COMPLETE was represented by Robert Pękal at the event organized by the European Commission “Modernizing the public sector and boosting economic growth through Innovation Procurement”. According to the Commission, public procurement, that accounts for some 19% of GDP in the European Union, represents an enormous potential market for innovative products and services, offering a powerful leverage for the modernization of public sector and for the competitiveness and growth of the European industry. This high-level event addressed how EU policies could gain from working to enhance the demand side and what instruments are actually in the hand of policy maker and public sector to optimize the public spending and, at the same time, to stimulate additional private investments. The event also offered an opportunity to hear first-hand from front-runner actors (procurers, suppliers) and experts how they are supporting the implementation of Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) and Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP). COMPLETE presentation is available in our Publications!... read more