Address: European Cooperative House
Avenue Milcamps 105, 1030 Brussels, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 543 1033
Email: cecop@cecop.coop

Working Day on Public Procurements (Brussels, Wednesday 17th December 2008)

23 October 2008 [ English ] français ]

With over 16% of the EU’s GDP (1500 billion euros in 2002), public procurement represents a considerable stake for all European enterprises, and thus also for the development of the cooperative and participative enterprises represented by CECOP.

Are our enterprises discriminated against, or, on the contrary, do they find themselves on a sound level playing field with the rest of the entrepreneurial world in competing for public procurement? Can they avail themselves of public policies such as social or ethical clauses by which their social contribution (such as the creation of non-delocalisable jobs, the salvation of jobs in enterprises threatened by closures, the labour insertion of unemployed and disadvantaged citizens etc) is acknowledged? How can they compete for European public
tenders? How can they better organise among themselves (eg by establishing their own support institutions, networks, consortia or groups) in order to raise their competitive edge in public procurement?

Those are some of the questions which we will try to respond to during this seminar.