03 Jul
10:00 - 19:00

Public Procurement: A key tool to reach sustainability in Europe and beyond


This conference aims to serve as a dynamic platform to discuss how public procurement can contribute to sustainable growth, responsible business conduct and respect for labour and human rights in production processes. Scholars, public officials and practitioners will discuss how challenges such as the depletion of natural resources, climate change and social inequality can be taken into account in public procurement procedures, not only from a theoretical point of view but also in practice. The conference, which is multi-disciplinary in nature, will not only focus on legislative developments but also on economic theories underlying sustainable development that actually allow for sustainable assessment. Emphasis will hence not only be placed on how sustainable solutions can be identified and implemented in procurement practices but also on the actual impact of sustainable procurement.

Programme 3 July

10.00 – 10.10Sarah Schoenmaekers,  Associate Prof. of European Law Maastricht University, Prof. of Construction Law Hasselt University, Endowed Professor of European Law, Open Universiteit 
Introduction to the conference and word of welcome
10.10 – 10.30 Hans Schnock and Rabbe Dormans, Facility Services UM - Sustainability coordinator Facility Services Maastricht University and sustainable procurement
Sustainable Procurement at Maastricht University 
10.30 – 11.00Roberto Caranta, Prof. of Administrative Law, University of Turin;
A wave of SPP rules: SPP requirements beyond the PP directives? 
11.00 – 11.30 Lela Mélon, Director of LL.M. in Global Law, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Aligning with the Paris Agreement: The Urgent Need for Mandatory Pubic Procurement in the EU
11.30 – 11.50 Q&A 
Chair: Prof. dr. Sarah Schoenmaekers
11.50 – 12.10 Break
12.10 – 12.40 Steven Van Garsse, Prof. of Public and Administrative Law, Hasselt University, Prof. of Public and Administrative Law, Antwerp Management School 
Public Procurement as a tool for greening PPPs
12.40 – 13.10 Samira Boussetta, Consultant on innovation and sustainability in public procurement, former procurement policy officer at the European Commission
The development of communities of practice of buyers in Europe in the field of green and innovation procurement 
13.10 – 13.30 Q&A
Chair: Prof. dr. Sarah Schoenmaekers
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.00 Marko Turudic, Associate Professor of Administrative Law, Zagreb University
Green and Socially Responsible Public Procurement in Croatia - a Tale of Missed Opportunities
15.00 – 15.30 Andrea Sundstrand, Associate Professor of Public Law at Stockholm University
Obligatory exclusion grounds due to labour conditions in Swedish public procurement law
15.30 – 15.50 Q&A
Chair: Dr. Aleksandra Czajka, Public Procurement Specialist at Global Organic Textile Standard
15.50 – 16.05 Break
16.05 – 16.35 Tongle Si and Jaime Bonnin Roca, Postdoc in Public Policy for Resilient Supply Chains, Eindhoven University of Technology - Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Eindhoven University of Technology
The Impact of Procurement on Resilience and social sustainability in EU Supply Chains
16.35 – 17.05 Marcel Martinussen,  Procurement Officer European Parliament
The Institutional Perspective on Sustainable Public Procurement
17.05 – 17.35 Desiree Klingler, Ph.D. University of St. Gallen, Post-doc Hasselt University, Lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell, New York
The Law & Economics of Sustainable Procurement
17.35 – 18.55 Q&A
Chair: Dr. Aleksandra Czajka, Public Procurement Specialist at Global Organic Textile Standard
18.55-19.00Closure by Sarah Schoenmaekers       

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