The Future of the Single Market 21st June 2019
This Bucharest event, held in the Romanian Parliament building, closed a series of events celebrating last year’s 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Single Market.
The usual introduction and welcome speeches were followed by stakeholder workshops on Public Procurement, Services, and Retail and Online Commercial Practices. ESBA President attended the Procurement Workshop where the main takeaways were;
- The need to link late payments to procurement contracts,
- The need to simplify application forms for small businesses,
- Pro-active notification of relevant contracts to small businesses,
- Project Bank Accounts for large infrastructure projects,
- Tier 1 contractors encouraged to use local suppliers, databases always open to new contractors.
The speaker concluded that not only procurement must be greener, i.e. environmentally friendly and socially responsible; but also more efficient through the use of technology, for example, end to end procurement platforms should be set to ease the access and the management. Finally, it would not be a Single Market workshop without concluding that the member states should work on easing cross broader procurement access.
The afternoon was composed of information sessions on Goods/Mutual recognition, Digitalisation and AI and Standardisation – promoter of Digital Transformation. Attending the Standardisation session the main point seemed to be promoting the importance of standards to SME’s and standards mustn’t be inhibiting to research and advancement.
In the picture from left to right: George Katapodis, President, Hellenic Single Procurement Authority); Angela Russo, Head of International Dept, CONSIP, Italy; Bogdan Puscas, President, Romanian Agency for Public Procurement; Katharina; Knapton-Vierlich, DG Grow; Miroslav Hlivak, Chair, Public Procurement Office, Slovakia. Workshop in Public Procurements.