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Welcome to the third edition of the Water PiPP newsletter!
The Water PiPP project has progressed quickly over the last six months. We are happy to inform you that five front-runner projects have been selected from the applications submitted in response to the Water PiPP Call of Interest on the ‘Assistance for Preparing Innovation Procurement in the Water Sector’.
In this edition you will find out what these selected projects are all about. You will also get to know about Water PiPP’s activities in a number of European events and conferences on innovation procurement in the water sector.
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Your Water PiPP team
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With a kick-off meeting in Paris on 21 November 2015, four public authorities from Finland and Italy have set out on a journey to explore the opportunities of (joint and collaborative) innovation procurement to address some of the procurement challenges they have been grappling with in the past few years.
The four institutions that were selected by the Water PiPP evaluation team after an open call issued in June and which will benefit from the project’s assistance are:
While familiarizing themselves with the ways and means of entering into a process of public procurement of innovation (PPI) or pre-commercial procurement (PCP), each of these institutions is keen on advancing their water services in different fields:
Photo: Courtesy of Office International de l'Eau
The Water supply and sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP) is one of the Water PiPP partners. Initiated by the European Commission more than ten years ago to promote coordination and collaboration of Research and Technology Development in the water industry, WssTP has a major role in Water PiPP for making the project’s outcomes widely known among relevant European stakeholders and – vice versa – to feed the needs, opinions and ambitions of these back into Water PiPP.
To watch the highlights from WssTP Brokerage and WG event 2015 please click here.
Photo: Courtesy of WssTP
Water PiPP has developed close links with the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water), in particular with the FinnoWater Action Group that actively promotes Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and the Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) to foster the uptake of innovative products, tools and services in the water sector.
The conference is themed 'How is water innovation succeeding in Europe' and will foster innovation in the European water sector by showcasing the experience of innovators and the lessons they have learned. The conference will showcase inspiring ideas and projects, discuss a variety of common and conflicting viewpoints about appropriate approaches to innovation, and help nurture and establish partnerships. Participants will learn how the European Commission and EIP Water are working to overcome the established five key barriers and bottlenecks to innovation in water in Europe, and they will gain insights on regulation, financing and public-private partnerships.
The EIP Water Conference will be accompanied by a number of side meetings as well as site visits on 9 and 11 February 2016. Conference participants will get to learn about Leeuwarden’s plans and projects, attend site visits in the north of the Netherlands, and be able to participate in a series of side meetings before and after the event.
The 2016 EIP Water Conference is free of charge but registration is required. Please find the preliminary agenda of the event here.
On the 11 February, there will also be a "Mayors and Water" event for which you can register here.
Photo: © Markus Spiske | unsplash
Don't miss the chance to network with fellow professionals!
The WIP group is an online forum set up and coordinated by WaterPiPP. It provides public procurers, entrepreneurs and other experts working on or interested in developing innovative water services and technologies the opportunity to discuss a broad range of issues related to innovative procurement in the water sector.
Join the group by registering online on the www.procurement-forum.eu website!
10 February 2016
2-3 March 2016
27-29 April 2016
13-16 June 2016
21-23 June 2016
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 619069. The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the WaterPiPP project. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union which is not responsible for any use that maybe made of the information contained therein.