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Winners to be announced at the Procura+ Conference!

The Procura+ Awards reward successful, already running, sustainable, circular and innovation public procurements that have led to significant improvements of public goods, services, processes and infrastructure. These year public authorities could apply in three catoegories. Their applications were assed assessed by a jury of four experienced public procurement experts and policy makers. The jury has now selected three finalists in each of the three categories: 

Sustainable Procurement of the Year: This category will reward procurements which integrate aspects of sustainability, including environmental, economic, circular and social elements. It aims to showcase procurements which include a strategic and therefore holistic approach to implementing public procurement
Norwegian Central Procurement Body - Developing a framework agreement on the reuse and recycling of used ICT equipment, that also included social requirements for worklife inclusion
Greater London Authority - Using sustainability expertise and social value-led design methodologies to procure a framework for commissioning expertise for a range of built environment projects
Dutch Custodial Institution Agency - moving towards just food procurement that gives the detainees a key role in the process and also takes environmental factors into account.

Innovation Procurement of the Year: This category will reward those procurements which use innovative approaches in their purchasing practices, as well as those that foster innovation by purchasing cutting-edge products, services and works and see the public authority as a launch customer, driving sustainable development.
Belgian Agency for Roads and Traffic - carrying out a competitive dialogue to design, develop and roll out a combination of public C-ITS (Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems and Services) cloud services, public data sources, and commercial C-ITS applications in the context of the Belgain Mobilidata Programme
Bodø Municipality - launching a call for tenders targeting low-emission solutions, which, once awarded, became the first project in northern Norway to use zero-emission excavators
City of Malmö - Dvelopeing procurement criteria for several tenders based on universal design principles to make physical infrastructure, goods and services accessible to people of all ages, sizes and abilities.

Procurement Initiative of the Year: This category will focus on outstanding public procurement initiatives, such as programmes, policies, actions, guidance and tools that contribute towards strategic, sustainable, circular and innovation procurement.  
Barcelona City Council - Developing a responsible public procurement strategy in line with European policies such as the Social Economy Action Plan, in order to facilitate access to public tenders for social economy enterprises
City of Lisbon - Developing a Sustainable Procurement Management System, to establish a systematic framework ensuring that all public procurement processes within the Municipality are developed within responsible, transparent, fair, and ecological principles.
Lithuania Public Procurement Office - Creating a new sustainability unit in the Lithuanian Public Procurement Office (LPPO) which pushed for the mandatory use of GPP criteria, and supported buyers through training and a helpdesk 

In the coming weeks, the jury consisting of Jorge Laguna Celis, Director of UNEP's One Planet Network, Jorge Conesa, Managing Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO), Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre, and Erika Bozzay, Senior Policy Adviser at the Infrastructure and Public Procurement Division, OECD, will decide on the winners - to be announced on 13 March during an official Awards Ceremony at the Procura+ Conference. All finalists will receive a free ticket for the Conference.

The winners of the previous edition in 2022 were the City of Malmö (Sweden) – Circular Procurement of the Year; the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherland – Innovation Procurement of the Year; the City of Utrecht (Netherlands) – Sustainable Procurement of the Year; the City of Ghent and the VEB (Belgium) – Procurement Initiative of the Year.

Participants in previous editions have highlighted that participating in the Procura+ Award helped them to benchmark themselves and to gain visibility. For winners, it was an excellent way to prove their commitment to sustainability and innovation, as well as to earn internal and external recognition.

Read more about this year's finalist and past Procura+ Winners here

2022 Procura+ Award winners and finalists

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