Training on the use of sustainable procurement criteria for the prioritized products in Public Procurement in Georgia took place on 29 July 2021.
The training gathered officials and participants from Georgian contracting authorities, in particular from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC), State Procurement Agency as well as other ministries and public authorities.
Training objectives and expected outputs were to:
- Present and discuss SPP concept and its benefits;
- Present SPP related articles and provisions to the new draft law “On Public Procurement”, as well as the draft by-law on SPP;
- Present and discuss the approach and the relevant guidelines for further implementation of SPP concept on selected procurement objects (goods);
- Present and discuss Georgia SPP criteria;
- Present and discuss various examples of SPP implementation, including examples of SPP practices in the EU.
UNEP in close cooperation with the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) and the State Procurement Agency of Georgia (SPA) implements a set of activities on promotion and application of SPP, including improving the legislation to introduce the SPP provisions. In the framework of the UNEP-EIEC contract on implementation of the EU4Environment project in Georgia, activity 2.4 envisages organizing a training on the use of sustainable procurement criteria for the prioritized products in Public Procurement. The purpose of the training is to present SPP concept, its benefits as well as SPP related articles and provisions to the draft legislation and international best practice examples of SPP.