This proposal is the Steppin approach to stimulate innovative business solutions by incorporating open standards in European public procurement. Steppin, STandards in European Public Procurement lead to Innovation, is chosen as a name to be stimulating to stakeholders in the area of Public Procurement: they should "step in". Steppin, a Consortium of 12 partners from 6 Member States, is a combination of experts in standardisation, innovation and procurement, plus experienced users. The project combines theory and practice in such a way that the final results (i.e. handbook for public procurement) are practical and future-proof. The main objective is to get full benefits for Europe from innovative business solutions that are being stimulated by taking open standards into account in public procurement. Thus, the questions are: 1) how should standards play the required role, and 2) how to implement and stimulate the use of new procedures and methods.
The approach for the first question is to gather all relevant information and opinions from all over Europe and then to extract a "best theory". Then, in a number of Euro-regional workshops with users and experts, this theory will be validated. A baseline survey will be performed on the basis of tenders in the TED database and at the same time best practices will be gathered. The second question is approached by extensive interaction with public and private sectors. Steppin will organize 15 workshops all over Europe to discuss "best practice & best theory" with users, experts, sector representatives and management from the public sector. At the end of 2007 Steppin will perform a concise survey to find the differences already accomplished during the project by comparison with the baseline. The handbook and the results of the surveys will be presented at a congress in order to enable formal support for the new concept for public procurement.
Field of science
- /social sciences/economics and business
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Funding SchemeCA - Coordination action