Research Handbook on EU Public Procurement Law
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Research Handbook on EU Public Procurement Law

Edited by Christopher Bovis

The Research Handbook on EU Public Procurement Law makes a major contribution to our understanding of the EU public procurement regime, at a time when it is being implemented by the EU Member States, and of the pivotal role that this will play for the delivery of the European 2020 Growth Strategy. The internal market relies on a simplified regime in the European Union, which will result from procedural efficiencies and from streamlining the application of the substantive rules. The Research Handbook has comprehensive thematic coverage which includes: public procurement regulation, strategic procurement, justiciability in public procurement, public procurement and competition and public procurement and public service.
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Chapter 7: Innovative and sustainable procurement: framework, constraints and policies

Oana S. Pantilimon Voda


In cases where no solutions yet exist on the market, innovative procurement enables public purchasers to get technologically innovative solutions developed according to their specific needs. By steering product development upstream in the product development process, public purchasers are better positioned to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of their public services, while the private business sector operates within an increasingly competitive environment. Such an approach contributes to achieving better value for money as well as wider economic, environmental and societal benefits in terms of generating new ideas, translating them into innovative products and services and thus promoting sustainable growth. European competitiveness in the global marketplace is a top priority for Europe. The European Union strongly supports the public procurement of innovative and sustainable solutions through a number of policy documents linked to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Instrumental in achieving this objective is to enhance European innovation. A renewed emphasis on innovation as an instrument of industrial policy was developed at the end of the 20th century as a result of an increasingly competitive nature of the international economic arena and the correlated structural changes. Furthermore, in the context of the now-obsolete Lisbon Agenda, the European Union undertook the goal of becoming the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy worldwide.

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