Sustainable public procurement Each year the equivalent of 19 % of the EU GDP is spend by the European public authorities to purchase goods, services and works. Therefore public procurement can effectively influence the pattern of production and consumption. The Public Procurement Office perceives this potential and supports inclusion of environmental aspects (green public procurement - GPP) and social aspects (socially responsible public procurement – SRPP) into tendering procedures. All the activities in this respect are currently conducted under the National Action Plan on Sustainable Public Procurement 2013-2016.
Green public procurementThe main focus of GPP is to consider environmental aspects during contract award procedures and to seek for solutions, which limit the negative impact of products and services on the environment. In 2006, the Public Procurement Office developed a strategic plan document - National Action Plan on GPP 2007- 2009, which explicitly focused on promotion of green public procurement in Poland. The NAP was adopted by the European Committee of Council of Ministers on January 30, 2007.
Socially responsible public procurement SRPP refers to a wide spectrum of social considerations, which may be integrated into public procurement, such as combating all forms of discrimination and social exclusion, improvement working conditions etc. Socially responsible public procurement may be an important tool both for the advancement of sustainable development and for the achievement of EU (and Member States) social objectives.
The provisions on public procurement offer various possibilities of including social aspects in the contract award procedure. However, this very much depends on the type of a public contract. In case of contract for works or services it may materialize in setting out specific contract performance clauses whereas in contracts for supplies it may lead to purchase of goods satisfying specific needs of particular groups e.g. disadvantaged, excluded or disabled persons.
Thus, the National Action Plan on sustainable public procurement 2010-2012, apart from focusing on environmental aspect, it also encompassed social aspects of tendering process. The 2nd NAP was adopted by the Council of Ministers on June 14, 2010.
Currently, the Public Procurement Office of Poland conducts the activities under 3rd National Action Plan on Sustainable Public Procurement. The overall goals set by the PPO as well as the activities and measures of their attainment were explicitly provided for in the document. The SPP NAP 2013 - 2016 was adopted by the Committee for European Affairs on April 3, 2013.
Current: National Action Plan on Sustainable Public Procurement 2013 - 2016 (PL version)
Expired: National Action Plan on Sustaiable Public Procurement 2010 - 2012 (EN version)