10 / 01 / 2018
In answer to the European Commission Public Consultation on “How to stimulate innovation through a modernisation of public procurement”, EARTO wishes to put forward proposals to leverage the untapped opportunities of public procurement of innovation in Europe.
Public governments and their public extensions, including Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs), can drive innovation from the demand side by acting as technologically demanding customers buying new products or services for their own needs while testing new solutions. Public procurements of R&I can also be highly beneficial to the economy and society at large by addressing the funding gap for deep-tech start-ups and facilitating technology transfer, and by supporting SMEs to access funding, develop new technologies, and scale-up. However, public procurement of R&I remains underused in Europe despite recent efforts undertaken via Horizon 2020 to support such instrument.
EARTO hereby recommends to the European Institutions to improve the EU regulatory framework and further leverage the potential of public procurement of R&I in Europe. This entails to undertake the following steps, detailed in the paper attached:
EARTO members hope that those recommendations will be taken into consideration by the European Institutions in further actions towards improving our EU regulatory framework for public procurement of innovation.