Three useful handbooks for strategic use of public procurement have been published on the Programme website. Strategic use of public procurement can help tackling regional and local issues, as well as global challenges, such as climate change and resource scarcity or the ageing society. It can support social policies and accelerate the transition to more sustainable supply-chains and business models. It can improve competitiveness and enable SMEs’ access to procurement opportunities. Our Beneficiaries are encouraged to use more quality-related and lifecycle cost criteria. When feasible, environmental (e.g. green public procurement criteria) and social considerations as well as innovation incentives should be incorporated into public procurement procedures.
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