New competence centre brings people together

The beginning of the application period for grants from KEINO, the competence centre for sustainable and innovative public procurement, was announced by the Ministry of Economics in late 2017, ahead of the establishment of the centre. The competence centre’s aim is to promote sustainable and innovative public procurement jointly with other procurement units. The goal is to have all key operators in public procurement, at the very least, involved in pursuing the competence centre’s targets. The competence centre will begin operations in March 2018.

One of the competence centre’s purposes is to promote the achievement of the goal of a share of 5% of innovative purchases, specified in the Government Programme. The competence centre will be active until early 2021. Alongside Hansel, the other members of the consortium behind the competence centre are Business Finland, KL-Kuntahankinnat, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, Motiva, Sitra, the Finnish Environment Institute, and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Numerous experts in both procurement and sustainable development are also involved. We believe that by working together we will achieve more and obtain better results than as individual operators.