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

1st Major eafip Event – Paris

The first major eafip event will take place in the City Hall of Paris on 27th and 28th October 2015. The two-day event targets procurers, policy makers, procurement law firms and businesses, to raise awareness about major PCP/PPI initiatives across Europe and organise networking between stakeholders to discuss new ideas, initiatives and funding opportunities for on PCP/PPI. The agenda includes: presentations on the strategic use of innovation procurement by key cities, regions and countries across Europe; presentations by successful PCP and PPI projects; discussion groups on future funding opportunities; as well as the launch of the eafip Toolkit. On Day 2, EC representatives will present the calls in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 covering EU funding opportunities for PCP and PPI.  There will be various discussion sessions (see agenda below) providing the latest information about how to gain access to the ca. € 130 million budget for innovation procurement projects. In addition, public procurers will have the opportunity to present proposal ideas, discuss with relevant EC officials and network in view of the preparation of these calls. You can already start preparing proposal ideas for discussion! More information available at the event website:... read more

INSPIRE – PCP and PPI: How to be more efficient in Procurement

Date and time: 26/03/2015 Venue: Escola d’Administració Pública de Catalunya On the 26th of March 2015, INSPIRE is hosting a workshop entitled “Pre-commercial procurement and Public Procurement of Innovation: How to be more efficient in Procurement” in Barcelona. European experts working with Health and Social care organizations and renewal of their services (incl technological, legal, financial, industrial and service creation issues) will be sharing their knowledge and experiences in Procurement of Innovation in the in eHealth, Active Ageing and Independent Living sectors. Link to the website:... 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