The high-level dialogue on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) in the Republic of Moldova was held on 30 September 2022.
Objectives of the high-level dialogue on SPP were to:
- leverage the discussion on SPP high in the governmental agenda to support the legal steps done towards SPP implementation in the Republic of Moldova;
- raise awareness of the Moldova authority, business associations, national stakeholders on SPP approach and economic, environmental, and social benefits; Ensure buy-in from line ministries (contracting authorities);
- ensure synergy between other policy developments in the country towards sustainable development (including achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)), Green Economy shift, promotion of Sustainable Consumption and Production pattern and SPP;
- ensure awareness and full support of SPP practices in the Republic of Moldova as an efficient way to meet commitments of the Republic of Moldova under the EU Association Agreement and numerous environmental multilateral agreements.
The high-level representatives of the Moldovan governmental institutions, business associations, national stakeholders, as well as the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova and UNEP.
Within EU4Environment, UNEP in close cooperation with the Public Procurement Agency (PPA) of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Moldova implements a set of activities on promotion and application of SPP. It includes improvement of the legislation to introduce the SPP provisions, elaboration of complementary tools (by-laws, guidelines, training materials), identification of priority goods and services for SPP pilot tenders accompanied by elaboration of the sustainability criteria per prioritised products. Raising awareness of governmental authorities, as well as the business sector, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and business associations on the SPP benefits is envisaged in order to build capacity of business to respond to public tenders.