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4th European Conference on e-Public Procurement PDF Imprimir e-mail

- How to contract complex and technological services? -

MADRID – 13 May 2019 - Meliá Aeropuerto Barajas - Av. de Logroño, 305, 28042 Madrid, Spain

Organized by OPET - Portuguese Engeneering and Technology Foresight Observatory And by APMEP - Potuguese Association of Public Markets




This is the 4th European Conference on E-PUBLIC PROCUREMENT organized by OPET and the three previous conferences were organized in Barcelona, Lisbon and Porto focusing the preparation and implementation of the new EU Directives on Public Procurement approved on 2014 (2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU, 2014/ 25/EU).The main results of these successful conferences were published through Amazon (click to visit: E-Public Procurement in Europe : Public Management, Technologies and Processes of Change, and New Developments on E Public Procurement), besides supporting the implementation of e-procurement in several member states and having been the birthplace of the new European Association of Electronic Platforms, EUPLAT(www.euplat.org).

These Directives were transposed by EU member States and major challenges stem fromcontracting complex and technological servicesusing multi-attribute award criteria and performance requirements, or performance based contracting,because most traditional rules and procedures have been designed to contract public works or standardized goods using the award criterion of minimal price.

However, this is the fastest growing business within European public markets with an annual growth rate higher than 10 %, and accounting now for more than 6% of EU GDP, explaining why discussing and proposing better approaches and solutions for this type of public procurement has a vital importance for most public authorities and corporations in Consulting, Legal and Financial/ Accounting Services, Design, Informatics, Communications (ICT), Health, Personal Services, Transportation, Logistics , Energy and Environment.

This Conference will focus on major challenges and problems stemming from this type of contracting and will explore innovative approaches and methods overcoming such shortcomings using new possibilities offered by the new Directives and by the new tools and services of the Digital Economy.

BestPractices from several sectors are discussed and GeneralRecommendations will be discussed helping public buyers to contract better and economic operators to have a more comprehensive participation in public markets.

The event will include an WORKSHOP devoted FacetoFaceMEETINGS promoted to support PRELIMINARYCONSULTATIONS for public authorities to search for better information from sellers to meet their needs previously expressed to the Conference organization


Conference Chairman: Professor Luís Valadares Tavares – OPET and University of Lisbon

A selection of papers presented in the conference will be published after a review by the peers of the EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT MARKETS (https://eupublicmarkets.com/).

Conference working languages: English and Spanish


9h30 to 11h00– SESSION A


·        Strategic Procurement, Preliminary consultation and  Services Contracting

·        Most economic advantageous tender (MEAT) and Life Cycle Cost

·        New procedures, e-instruments and performance evaluation

11h00to11h30 – Coffee Break

11h30 to 12h30 – SESSION 

Methods and models to support better contracting of Consulting and Design - Case –Studies and Best Practices

12h30 to 13h30 – SESSION C

·        Methods and models to support better contracting of Information Systems and Communication.

·        Case –Studies and Best Practices

13h30 to 14h30 – Light Lunch

 14h30 to 15h30 – SESSION D

·        Methods and models to support better contracting of Health and Personal services

·        Case –Studies and Best Practices

15h30 to 16h30 – SESSION E

·        Methods and models to support better contracting of Energy and Environment services

·        Case studies and Best Practices

16h30 to 17h00 – SESSION F


17h00 to 17h30 Afternoon Coffee


17h30 to 20h30 – Preliminary Consultations: One-to-onepre-scheduled meetings

The new Directives allow the contracting authorities to conduct Preliminary Market Consultations (2014/24/UE, Article 40º) to help them understanding the market features which is particularly justified for contracting complex and technological services. This possibility has been transposed to National Laws as it is the case of Portugal (DL 111-B/2017, Article 35º-A) or Spain ( Ley 9/2017, Article 115º).

This workshop offers the possibility of contracting authorities specifying the subject of the contract they are interested to acquire more knowledge on. Contracting authorities canfill up the form provided by the conference organization, and then receive the information supplied by the participants of the Conference with competence in such domain and having one-to-one meetings to clarify doubts and questions.


General registrations - Fill the online registration form following the hyperlink -

·        A) - Early Registration – 125 euros (until 5April2019)

·        B) - Normal Registration – 185 euros

Access toWorkshop (preliminary consultations):
Public Buyer: free (requiring at least one participant in Sessions A to F
EconomicOperator/Companies: in terms of its nature and size (please contact organization)

 FINAL PROGRAM available after 12 April 2019