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Procure is an URBACT III Action Planning Network of 11 partners, led by Preston City Council.
It seeks to build knowledge and capacity around progressing public procurement through transnational exchange and learning between cities. The project is developed in the framework of the URBACT III Programme and funded by European Regional Development Funds from the 3 October 2015 to the 3 May 2017.
More specifically, the Procure Network is about shifting how we think and practice public procurement so that it brings wider local economic, social and environmental benefits. The importance of this objective was supported by two realisations:
The new EU procurement directives from 2014 provided an opportunity for countries and cities to think differently about procurement, encouraging:
The Procure network has sought to respond to these challenges and opportunities across 11 cities. Our objectives have been:
To realise these objectives our partners have been involved in, 3 strands of activity
Partners met at the transnational level to exchange and learn together how to innovate in procurement through 6 transnational thematic meetings:
Cities worked locally with stakeholders involved in procurement and/or business networks and set up 11 URBACT Local Groups to exchange and translate learning from the transnational level to the local level.
Through the work of the Local Groups, 11 Integrated Action Plans were developed, taking into account each city’s context, challenges and existing activities and providing solutions to change the culture of procurement for better economies, places and communities.
Procure Partners’ Integrated Action Plans detail how they are looking to make a difference in their local context:
Our network believes how we spend money can make a difference for our places and communities.
Additional information is available in the documents section on this page, from the Procure Final Report, our Partners’ Journey and their full IAPs but also case studies.
Watch our network’s short video to learn more and share it around to encourage other cities to take action.
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