During the first months of the project, partners joined forces to develop the first project outcome: the design of a common skills framework for professionals in circular/strategic sustainable procurement. To accomplish the framework, partners carried out 26 interviews with public authorities and companies (SMEs in particular) in Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, and Spain with the aim to identify the skills gap that hamper the diffusion of the circular and green public procurement. In addition to the interviews, partners also launched an on-line survey addressed to companies to complement the feedback provided during the in-depth interviews. The survey is still available in different languages and you can find it here in different languages : English, French, Dutch, Bulgarian, Italian and Spanish.
The outcomes of the interviews and the surveys were used to develop the following reports:
- ‘Companies – skill gap to the GPP: emerging skills in administrative profiles’
- ‘GPP Transnational Skills Framework for Middle management and administrative profiles in companies’
Despite the restrictions caused by the pandemic, last November 2021 partners had the chance to meet face-to-face during two days in Yecla (Spain). The Consortium meeting was an opportunity to discuss the progress in the implementation of the GREENER project activities so far and to plan the next steps, and in particular the upcoming project outcomes: the development of the Training courses and the Toolbox.
Partners have already started sharing tasks to develop a modular training course for SMEs on circular and green public procurement addressed to SMEs with the aim to provide suppliers with the necessary skills to apply for circular and green tenders. In parallel, partners will start soon inviting key stakeholders to be part of the project Advisory Group as part of the Toolbox development activity.