EPSU on-line meeting on "public procurement, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and concessions in times of COVID-19"


The promotion of socially responsible public procurement through social economy enterprises
Buying for social impact project

by  Valentina Caimi, BSI Project Manager, AEIDL

-  Public-Private Partnerships in Europe and abroad: a risky business
Presentations by María José Romero & Cécilia Gondard from Eurodad

More information

For the brochure of the BSI project which also contains the final recommendations from the project

For the study from 2013 - highlighting risks of private health  (Why private sector health kills more than it cures - countering arguments in favour of privatisation is a briefing paper by the PSIRU research organisation)
For the 2019 study on Public and Private Sector efficiency (research for EPSU by the Public Services Privatisation Research Unit (PSIRU) at the University of Greenwich)
For a summary of the Oslo Model (a comprehensive set of measures gathered under city council resolution 1057/17, approved in 2017. The model will be rewieved this year.)

For the web article "Public Procurement, PPPs and concessions in times of COVID-19"
For more details on PPPs see the EPSU’s PPPs web page


Dear colleagues,

Further to our ‘Save the Date!’ we are pleased to invite you to our on-line meeting on Public procurement, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Concessions in times of COVID-19, on 4 June 2020.  

The meeting will provide an opportunity for affiliates to reflect on how we can make use of the COVID-19 crisis to advance on our key demands concerning:

  • protecting and promoting the direct provision of public services, with no obligation or pressure on public authorities to outsource services  
  • supporting a more sustainable and strategic use of public procurement, i.e., no lowest cost tenders, no social dumping etc and making sure public procurement is used to accelerate social and ecological transition
  • opposing the use of PPPs as a way to deliver public services and ensuring that (growing) public debt is not used as an excuse to have even more PPPs

These demands are part and parcel of EPSU’s demands for a more sustainable and fair Europe post COVID-19.   

Attached you will find a draft agenda.

Our meeting will be divided into two sessions: In the morning from 10:00 to 12:00 we will focus on public procurement and in the afternoon from 13:30 to 15:30 we will focus on PPPs. You are invited to register for one or both sessions.

Please confirm your participation by mail to Anneke Krijger, [email protected], as soon as possible and before 28 May at the latest.

Please indicate in your mail if your will participate in only the morning session or in only the afternoon session or in both sessions.

For the meeting we will provide interpretation in the following languages:
Active: English, French, Spanish
Passive: German and Italian

We hope that this helps to have a broad participation form affiliates (we can have up to 30 participants.)

Further information and connection details for the on-line platform will be sent to registered participants. Please note now however that you will need a USB Headset (a combination of a microphone and headphone) to be able to effectively participate in the meeting, especially if you will be speaking.   

We look forward to ‘seeing’ you on our platform on 4 June!

Best regards
Paola, Richard, Penny and Anneke