Public procurement as a driving force for innovation

Procurement. Following on from the protocols on social efficiency and environmental sustainability, public procurement guides for public innovation and the purchase of ICT services have now been presented.

The third session by the working group on public procurement introduced two new protocols for innovation in procurement and for the purchase of information and communication technology services. The protocols will act as guidelines in municipal contracts and tendering processes. The new guides complement those for social and environmental public procurement and will help shape contracts and tendering processes by the City Council in 2018.

The guide for innovation in public procurement (CPI) and the guide for the purchase of information and communication technology services act as manuals for municipal chiefs, outlining the criteria to be followed when contracting technology services or solutions. The criteria include considerations such as the open data policy, backing for open source and free software and the promotion of SMEs.

They also give the City Council a more active role than merely the purchaser, making the administration participate in the definition and stimulation of innovative and sustainable solutions which provide efficiency. This added value as the promotor of innovation ties in with the general idea of getting away from pricing as the predominant factor in public procurement.

The working group on public procurement, made up of representatives from city associations and the local business community, particularly SMEs and social companies, is making progress with the Sustainable Public Procurement Plan 2018.

Some of the features of this new plan include the intention to double the percentage of low emissions vehicles in the municipal fleet, procurement processes where pricing does not account for more than 35% of the total score, the subrogation of personnel and the improvement of wages. The plan also aims for providers to guarantee their workers a minimum wage of 1,000 euros a month, as well as the promotion of gender equality and compatibility with family life.

 

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