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Targeted consultation on the draft Guidance on Public Procurement of Innovation

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On 3 October 2017, the draft Guidance on Public Procurement of Innovation was announced as part of the Public Procurement Package from the European Commission.

This Guidance is part of the ongoing work of the European Commission to encourage wider uptake of public procurement across the EU. In addition to the modernisation of public procurement rules in 2014, the European Commission has been exploring the area of public procurement of innovation as a means to ensure sustainable growth, job creation and innovation across the European Single Market.

The Guidance covers four main areas:

  • added value of public procurement of innovation
  • policy related considerations
  • tools attracting innovative suppliers through procurement policy decisions
  • tools for designing innovation-friendly tenders, including explanation and interpretation of legal instruments under the modernised public procurement directives from 2014.

This document will be open for public consultation in order to gather stakeholder feedback until 2 January 2018. If you are an interested stakeholder you can read more here about how to respond to the consultation.

Secret of Success- Petra van Schayik (Compumatica Secure Networks BV)

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Petra van Schayik - Compumatica Secure Networks BV

I joined Compumatica because I want the IT world to be secure; a world where government, businesses and citizens can operate with confidence and safety. Compumatica stands out in cybersecurity because of our personal touch: our high level IT security solutions ensure that nobody but the customer has access to the key material. My immediate goal is to find new investment (we have already received funding from Dutch R&D programmes) to develop new products and ultimately to create more user awareness of IT applications and IT security.

If I were Minister for SMEs, I would make sure they got a bigger share of the public procurement markets; and I would make it cheaper for them to employ people.

“Entrepreneurs are important to society because we power the economy, create interesting jobs, develop new products and take risks.”

Start up capital: Family

Growth rate p.a: 10%

Mentor(s): Yes

Can you code?: No

Employees: 45

Education/ Training: Technical business administration

Product/ Service: Digital security

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