EPSU/ETUC workshop on the implementation of the new Public Procurement Directives

EPSU/ETUC workshop on the implementation of the new Public Procurement Directives

21 May 2015, Brussels

European Transport Workers Federation (ETF) offices

Marché aux Herbes 105, Brussels, Belgium



- EPSU policy and objectives for public procurement

by Penny Clarke, EPSU

- Social criteria in new EU Public Procurement rules – Key points for transposition

by Séverine Picard, ETUC Legal Adviser

- State of play on the implementation of the 2014 Public Procurement Directives

by Elba Estrada, Fair Trade Advocacy Office

We are pleased to invite you to a joint EPSU/ETUC workshop on the implementation of the new Public Procurement Directives on 21 May in the ETF. You are also cordially invited on 22 May to join the Sectoral Social Dialogue Meeting Local and Regional Government (SSD LRG) in Brussels. A draft agenda of the SSD LRG is already available http://www.epsu.org/a/11077.
There are two main objectives:
1. To take stock and assess the implementation at national level of the 2014 EU Public Procurement Directives; and
2. To discuss how to make the most of the new Public Procurement Directives - what are we doing / what can we do more to:
- ensure respect for employment legislation and collective agreements conditions in public contracts (mandatory social clause)?
- encourage a greater take up by public authorities of the new possibilities to include social and environmental criteria in procurement tenders?
- take advantage of the clarification in the Directives on the right to ‘in-house’ / public-public cooperation?
- avoid potential problems regarding the specific regime for health social services
- raise awareness / campaign at the different levels, and what materials would be useful?

Below you will find a draft agenda.
Below you will also find a table that brings together information from EPSU / NSDPP survey (please fill in any information you can in the table – please reply by 30 April 2015 and return to cjakob@epsu.org). Even if you are not able to participate in the workshop we will appreciate hearing from you about how the transposition and implementation process is advancing in your country.

The focus of the workshop will be to gather information on the state of play on the implementation of the 2014 Public Procurement Directives, with representatives from the European Commission, the ETUC, EPSU and local representatives from the CEMR and Eurocities Network. Places are available for up approximately 25 EPSU participants.
EPSU encourages participants from all EU / EEA / EU candidate countries to take part and would welcome in particular representatives from Eastern Europe who have been under-represented so far in the public procurement debates.

Please note that a limited amount of financial assistance is available for qualifying EPSU affiliates up to 500 EUR for one representative per country in accordance with the EPSU Rules (Financial assistance is only allocated to representatives of unions having fulfilled their affiliation obligations towards EPSU/PSI as laid out in our respective Constitutions and the Cooperation agreement article 18.6 and only to countries under 100% on the ‘5 band’ index).
Taxi costs or other expenses such as parking fees, telephone, mini bar, extra nights will not be reimbursed.
Please contact the Secretariat for further information.

Accommodation and travel
EPSU does not arrange travel bookings or hotel bookings for participants.
Should you require accommodation, a list of hotels offering preferential tariffs to the EPSU/ETUC is attached.

Interpretation has been requested as follows:
Active: English, French and German
Passive: Spanish, Swedish and Dutch

Please fill in and return the attached participation form by 17 April at the latest to Anneke Krijger (akrijger@epsu.org).

Yours sincerely,
Jan Willem Goudriaan
EPSU General Secretary

- Registration from

- Area map meeting venue ETF & list hotels Brussels

- TABLE: Transpostion of Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on public procurement and repealing Directive 2004/18/EC in EU & EEA countries


- Draft agenda (EN/FR/DE/ES)

- Working Documents