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

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

ECOC 2017

COMPLETE delegates were present at the ECOC 2017 held in Gothenburg on 17-21 September 2017. The European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) is the largest conference on optical communication in Europe and one of the largest and most prestigious events in this field worldwide.... read more

GÉANT Project Symposium 2017

GÉANT Project will held a OLS/DCI workshop at GEANT Symposium in Budapest on October 2nd 2017. Overview of Open Line Systems systems, DCI, tests will be presented. Workshop discussion is scheduled regarding the following Open Line Systems aspects: What are the pros and cons, What are the potential cost savings, How do we solve the missing management, How can community move this work forward,... read more