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PAPIRUS project followed two aims: to procure innovative technical solutions for four pilot sites and to develop a new procurement strategy focusing on the identification and assessment of innovation. The Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) strategy implemented by PAPIRUS has been evaluated by all project partners, led by Enzkreis. The PAPIRUS tenders are related to the construction sector. The experiences of PAPIRUS, however, equally apply to future technically innovative procurements in other sectors.
The PPI process implemented in the frame of PAPIRUS and the validation results are described in PAPIRUS last report which is publicly available on the PAPIRUS website. In the report the PAPIRUS consortium also provides practical, easy-to-implement recommendations for legally certain innovative procurements. With this “toolkit” public authorities are equipped to find their very own approach to procure innovation and finally design their own PPI process, tailor-made to match their procurement needs.
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What was crucial in implementing Public Procurement of Innovation in the framework of PAPIRUS project? What kind of challenges were faced partners when implementing the tenders and what have they learned? The answers were given during PAPIRUS final conference which was held on 29 September 2016 in Bilbao, Spain.
The conference was a chance to sum up the project results among wider audience interested in PPI (Public Procurement on Innovation). Partners involved in PAPIRUS shared their knowledge gained during realization of the project in the last 3 years.
The audience had also a chance to hear representative of European Commission who talked about EU policy in regard to PPI and what kind of actions are planned in the nearest future to encourage public authorities in implementing PPI.
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PAPIRUS project had started in October 2013. Is there a better way to end o project than sharing the results achieved and lessons learned with future potential followers of PPI? PAPIRUS public procurers had held final national conferences in their countries in order to present the knowledge gained on PPI. The national conferences were held in Oslo, Torino and Mühlacker.
More than 50 public procurers and representatives from the industry showed up when Omsorgsbygg (PAPIRUS project Partner - public institution) invited to take a deep dive into the PAPIRUS project on 21st September 2016.
The project has been full of challenges and learning, project manager Lene Lad Johansen starts. Knowing what we do today we would have made some different early decisions. I think the most important lesson learned is that you need to use the market to define the solutions before you describe them in too much detail.