The 1st set of training seminars on Promoting Sustainable Public Procurement in Local Authorities was successfully implemented through the collaboration of EPTA S.A., Ecological Recycle Society (ERS) and the Regional Union of Municipalities of Attica (PEDA). The seminars took place at the premises of PEDA on the 3rd and 4th of October 2012 and were attended by 41 representatives from Local Authorities and other relevant stakeholders.

During the 1st day, representatives from the Portuguese local authorities and more specifically the Municipalities of Torres Vedras, Loures and the Association of Municipalities for Waste Management of Porto, presented good practices regarding the implementation of sustainable procurement policy and the application of environmental and social criteria in public tenders. A fruitful discussion was held on the methods and obstacles met and the reaction from the local and national market. During the 2nd day, an exercise on how to integrate environmental criteria in public procurement, as long as, Life Cycle Cost tools were presented. The seminars were interactive and the audience actively participated during the presentations. The training seminars will be completed during the first week of November 2012 with the presentation on how to integrate environmental criteria in Public Works.

The training seminars are an activity of the Greek Procura+ network which was developed in the framework of the LIFE+ project “Capacity Buinding in Sustainable Public Procurement”  BuildingSPP.

More details can be found at the project website

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