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26 August 2016

OECD organises a Forum on Procurement for Innovation

Within its Procurement Week, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will hold a Forum on Procurement for Innovation to make visible the government’s market power to drive innovation and influence the private market, and to demonstrate that public procurement can play a key role in encouraging innovation and increasing productivity.

The Forum will take place at the OECD headquarters in Paris, next 5 October. The first session will focus on boosting innovation through public procurement. Questions such as how to overcome the difficulties that come with developing a long-term vision to achieve progress or how public procurement of innovation can impact inclusive growth will be addressed. During the second session, different countries will share their experience in implementing action plans for using public procurement strategically as a mean to improve the efficiency and quality of the public sector. Then, there will be two parallel session on how to combine the policy objectives of innovation and sustainable growth, and the development of SMEs.

The OECD will take the opportunity to present the results of its Survey on Strategic Innovation Procurement, which was launched in 2015, and will introduce its new Framework on Strategic Use of Procurement for Innovation, based on the survey results.

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19 August 2016

The role of regions in the European Bioeconomy to be discussed at the Bratislava Conference

The Slovak Presidency together with the European Commission will organise a conference on the role of EU regions in developing a sustainable European Bioeconomy. Bratislava Bioeconomy conference will be held on October 17 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The aim of the conference is to discuss with national and regional stakeholders the new bioeconomy context for the agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and the role of research and innovation to overcome the big societal challenges. The conference also pursues to identify barriers in the regions in adapting the bioeconomy strategy.

After the welcome message, the first session of the day will showcase how everyday products can have bio-based ingredients and how the application of bio-based technologies offers new opportunities for developing the bioeconomy in Europe.

The conference has the ambition to follow the 4th SCAR Foresight Stakeholder Conference, the 2015 Bioeconomy Investment Summit, the 2015 Global Bioeconomy Summit and the Bioeconomy Utrecht 2016 Conference held in April 2016. The conference will be organised in line with the Slovak Presidency goals. The Presidency plans to bring in the front of the Council the outcome of the conference, tentatively a position paper on the role of the EU regions in developing sustainable bioeconomy.

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5 August 2016

The Final Advisory Workshop of the Open-Bio project to take place in Brussels

Registration to the final workshop of the Open-Bio project is now open. The Open-Bio is a research project funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. Its objective is to create better opportunities for the market uptake of bio-based products via standards, labelling and procurement.

The final workshop will take place in Brussels on 18 October 2016. Participants will get to know more about the research, the results and the Open-Bio team proposals for future policy and market positioning. The event will particularly focus on standardisation, labelling and product information issues. Participants are also invited to contribute to the inventory of ideas on how to take these issues further along and exploit the results and findings of Open-Bio.

The workshop will be a meeting point for policy makers, stakeholders from the bio-based industry, standardisation experts, and other interested parties. Participation to the event is free of charge.

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