On 3 October, the European Commission adopted a package of measures focused on the effective uptake of provisions in the public procurement directives to modernise, professionalise and digitalise public procurement practice, while also facilitating investment in large infrastructure projects.

To follow up on the the strategic package on public procurement, the European Commission will organise a conference in Brussels on 7 December 2017 to build a partnership between EU institutions, European experts from national ministries and policy-making bodies, EU cities, contracting authorities, EU and international institutions, and the business community, and stakeholders to make public procurement work better.

The panels feature contributions from high-level officials from the European Commission and various other organisations. After the first session opened by the Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska and closed by the Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen, there will be three thematic panels on transparency and integrity, professionalisation, and large infrastrcutures.