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

A new call for eafip Assistance is now open

A new call for eafip Assistance is now open! Send your application by 15th November!   The eafip initiative is offering you a final chance to apply for tailored assistance to support you in the preparation and implementation of your innovation procurement! Go directly to the application form or Find out more about the eafip Assistance A Europe-wide network of procurement lawyers is available to provide free Assistance, to support you in the preparation and implementation of a PCP or PPI procurement. The eafip network of lawyers brings together some of the most renowned innovation procurement professionals in Europe to fulfil the eafip objective of boosting the uptake of innovation procurement in the European Union. This hands-on eafip Assistance is the perfect way to kick-start your innovation procurement. The Assistance is financed by the European Commission and comes at no charge to you.In particular, the eafip Assistance can support you with:   Scoping identified procurement needs that can be tackled with innovative solutions; Preparing and conducting an EU wide published open market consultation; Drafting tendering documents; and Launching an EU wide published call for tender. The eafip initiative has so far provided Assistance to seven success stories across the EU: Het Waterschapshuis (the Netherlands) with inter alia a change in the procurement strategy and the set-up of a market consultation Eurail Group Europe (the Netherlands) with support in the selection of tenders and the implementation of a negotiated procedure Department of Mobility and Public Works, Maritime Access division (Belgium) with procurement strategy, stakeholder approach and other aspects Gijon Impulsa Empresas – Asturias (Spain) including improvements brought to their business... read more

eafip Workshop on innovation procurement in public construction

The eafip Workshop on innovation procurement in public construction is open to all public procurers (ministries, regional and local authorities, agencies, public utility entities, etc.) and will be held in the Old Town Hall in Prague, Czech Republic, on 14th November 2017. The aim of the workshop is to highlight the benefits of innovation procurement of ICT solutions through the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) approaches across Europe, with a particular focus on construction. The workshop will feature: Presentations / networking discussion on the EU funding opportunities for PCP and PPI (in the framework of the Horizon 2020 calls); Presentation of case examples and lessons learned; and Presentation / networking discussion on the eafip Toolkit (aimed to support you in preparing your innovation procurement). The workshop is open to public contracting authorities who have a unique chance to openly discuss unmet procurement needs, innovation concepts, project ideas, and much more. All procurers have an opportunity to briefly present their ideas / plan / projects in the parallel sessions. Please note that this event will be held in English. Provisional... read more

Conference on Innovation Procurement

The Conference on Innovation Procurement will be held under the Estonian EU presidency on 17th and 18th of October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.  The Conference also serves as the 3rd annual Major eafip Event. The conference programme includes: Innovation procurement experiences in Europe EU Member States’ policy and support framework for innovation procurement Economic impact of innovation procurement HORIZON 2020 calls supporting innovation procurements 2017 Procura+ Awards Ceremony on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement The target audience for the two-day conference is policy makers, public procurers and innovators. Its aims are capacity building, experience sharing and networking about major ICT-related innovation procurement initiatives across Europe and to facilitate networking between stakeholders to discuss new ideas, initiatives and funding opportunities. The event is co-organised by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (MEAC) and the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) of the European Commission (EC). The conference is supported by the European Union Regional Development Fund. The 2017 Procura+ Awards are supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme, and co-ordinated by ICLEI. Conference Agenda Please note that two other eafip workshops will be held in parallel to the Conference on Innovation Procurement.  The eafip Workshop for Environment sector procurers, and the eafip Workshop for Energy sector procurers will be held on the same dates in the same... read more


The eafip initiative is supporting 12 public procurers from across the EU to develop their innovation procurement (a PCP or PPI) by providing assistance (including legal assistance) in the start-up and implementation of the innovation procurement. The final call for applications is open until 15th November 2017. In order to apply for eafip assistance please click on the button below. Please make sure that you have read and understood the eligibility criteria and the scope of the eafip assistance before applying.   Questionnaire... read more