Sustainable Governmental Contracts

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Course description

Following the European Green Deal and the European Union's focus on the Circular Economy, the Commission clearly states that the EU public procurement reform did not uptake Sustainable Public Procurement enough. Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) is understood process whereby public authorities seek to procure goods, services, and works with a reduced environmental and social impact throughout their life-cycle compared to goods, services, and works with the same primary function that would otherwise be procured. The Commission plan is to introduce minimum mandatory green criteria and targets for public procurement in key sectors. In light of these developments, it is crucial to understand how social and environmental parameters can best be integrated at the appropriate stage of the procurement process in a legally compliant manner; and the legal limitations and how to deal with them. If you work for buyers (public authorities, public companies) or suppliers (e.g. SMEs, multinational corporations), SPP knowledge will be extremely relevant and valuable.

Key Benefits

 Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • design and implement SPP in compliance with EU procurement law
  • bring SPP from a concept into practical use in governmental contracting

Course teacher

Associate Professor Marta Andhov, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
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Participant profile

Lawyers, contracting authorities, central purchasing bodies, procurement agencies, governmental procurement departments, other procurement professionals.


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