On 6th of December 2018, Venelin Dobrev from SZREDA’s GPP4Growth project team participated in the demo-day for startup projects in the green and sustainable sector that was organized by Cleantech Bulgaria. During the 1-day event that took place in Sofia Tech Park, Venelin Dobrev delivered a presentation on the subject “GPP in the EU - market opportunity for green and sustainable solutions”. Venelin outlined that in many cases public buyers have to take out the green criteria from the public procurement, because otherwise there not enough interest from businesses and the procedure remains unsuccessful. Moreover, small public buyers such as small municipalities have the will to implement more sustainable solutions, but they don’t have enough purchasing power to influence the market. 

The discussion that followed focused on the opportunities for public buyers and startups to have access to additional information about the possibilities to cooperate in terms of implementing green sustainable solutions trough public procurement. During the conference Venelin had the chance to exchange information with Cleantech Bulgaria, also running a project on green public procurement.