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Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement

In February 2014 the EU Council adopted a new European public procurement directive. Member States need to implement and adapt national legislation till 2016 in line with this new legislation. The new directive provides new opportunities for public entities to purchase products and services which meet advanced ecological and social criteria. It allows making use of public procurement to support innovative products. It is against this background that the new EU funded project InnProBio ‘Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement’ strives to explore these new possibilities for bio-based products and services.

The new project coordinated by FNR aims to boost the European market for bio-based products through Public Procurement of Innovation.

InnProBio aims to engage public procurement practitioners interested in bio-based products and services in a community of practice. The project will develop an elaborated and legally solid toolbox to inform about opportunities of the procurement of innovative bio-based products and services as well as to assist in drafting public tenders accordingly. It will conduct pilot capacity building and dialogue events with public procurers, decision makers, standardization bodies and business product suppliers from EU countries. Furthermore recommendations to public decision makers and standardization bodies to support the procurement of innovative bio-based products and services will be provided. The final goal is to create cross-national buyers groups which collaboratively develop tenders aiming for bio-based products and services.

The 3 year project started at 1 March 2015.

External Collaborators:

Biomass Technology Group B, Netherlands Standardization Institute, University of Hull, Ministry van Economische Zaken Netherlands (PIANOo), Uniwersytet Lodzki, ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH, nova-Institut für politische und ökologische Innovation GmbH

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FNR contact person: Mona-Maria Narra



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This project is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union for research, technological development and demonstration under Grant Agreement No 652599.





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