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EU calls for tender in 2020

No further tenders are planned in 2020.

European Events

Virtual European Research & Innovation Days

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. With our societies gradually lifting their lockdowns and recovery plans taking shape, we must now ensure that the transition to a post-corona society is sustainable, inclusive and resilient.

From 22 until 24 September the interactive sessions will let participants provide input on how research and innovation policy and funding can help propel Europe's recovery and pave the way to a green, digital and resilient future. Building on the success of last year, the 2020 edition will feature three days of intensive policy co-designing, thought-provoking panels and matchmaking opportunities.


Save-the-date: workshop presenting results of the European wide benchmarking of innovation procurement investments and policy frameworks

Interested to know how much the public sector in your country invests in adopting innovative solutions compared to other countries, and in which sectors they invest the most (health, transport, energy, security, ICT etc.)? Keen to know if your country already has an action plan, target, financial incentives and a competence center for boosting innovation procurement? Save-the-date for the 12 October workshop that will present the final results of the Europe-wide benchmarking.
 

EU online event on Innovation Partnerships

On 13 October 2020, the European Commission’s Directorate-General GROW invites you to the online seminar Think Innovative! Unlock the potential of the Innovation Partnership to boost the economic recovery. The seminar will present adaptations to the Guides for Public Procurement that provide more precise guidelines for the design of future innovation partnerships. In addition, practical examples and tips for the design of innovation partnerships will be presented. Interested parties can register with their Commission login until 1 October 2020. Registrations will be checked and subsequently confirmed by DG GROW.

Consultation on the impact of EU agricultural policy on biodiversity

Until 22 October 2020, the European Commission is asking to participate in a consultation on the evaluation of EU agricultural policy measures that affect habitats and biodiversity. European environmental legislation will also be addressed. Participants can answer a questionnaire, for which a user profile must be created once. Registration in the EU Transparency Register is not necessary for municipalities and districts.

  

First European City Facility call opened

Until 2 October 2020, municipalities can apply for grants of EUR 60,000. The European City Facility (EUCF) promotes financial support and services for capacity building in municipalities and local authorities. The aim is to develop sound investment concepts and mobilise funding in the field of sustainable energy. Further information can be found on the website of the European City Facility.

Coal Regions in Transition

The Platform for coal regions in transition has just launched a suite of toolkits to assist practitioners in EU coal regions. The toolkits focus on key aspects of the transition:

- strategies for structural change processes
- governance in structural change processes
- employment and welfare support
- environmental rehabilitation.

Other areas such as financing measures have been announced.

The toolkits will be presented in a series of webinars, starting on Thursday, 18 June 2020.
Further information can be found on the "Coal Regions in Transition" website.

Updated guidelines: procurement in relation to COVID crisis

The European Commission has released new guidance for public buyers to help public authorities use the flexibility provided by the EU’s public procurement framework to ensure rapid and efficient purchases of all necessary equipment. The possibilities range from considerably shortening the public procurement process to emergency procurement that is not subject to EU procedural requirements and does not require the prior publication of tender notices. The guidance also recommends that public buyers consider alternative innovative solutions and ways of engaging with the market.

Challenges from Austria

The IÖB service point regularly publishes challenges to bring together public institutions and companies with innovative offers. Current challenges can be found here.

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