Public procurement is a mechanism of significant economic importance that accounted for around 14% of the European Union’s GDP in 2017 and can contribute to transforming local economies into more sustainable and socially inclusive by stimulating the creation of job opportunities for disadvantaged groups. This event will be the opportunity to learn more about and discuss how to use public procurement to promote the employment of persons with disabilities. The event will showcase the state of play across EU – with focus on Bulgaria, Spain, Germany and Austria and highlight existing promising practices in these areas. The Conference will also be the opportunity to network with interested stakeholders from across Europe, representing local authorities, social economy organisations and others.
Additionally, during the event, it will be presented the work carried out in for CO-RESP’s Collection of Promising Practices of Socially Responsible Public Procurement for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities.
The event will have the participation of the CO-RESP consortium: EASPD – European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (Belgium), ZfSW – Zentrum für Sozialwirtschaft (Austria), EuCIE – European Confederation of Inclusive Enterprises (France), NASO – National Alliance for Social Responsibility, City of Dobrich (Bulgaria), City of Gleisdorf (Austria), City of Marina de Cudeyo (Spain).
The conference will take place at forumKLOSTER – Rathausplatz 5, 8200 Gleisdorf, Austria on 25th April 2023, 10h00-18h30.
|09:00 – 10:00||Arrival and registration|
|10:00 – 10:15||Welcome |
|10:15 – 11:00||Panel 1: European State of Play: Public Procurement and Employment for Persons with Disabilities |
Moderation: Thomas Bignal, EASPD Head of Policy
|11:00 – 13:00||Panel 2: Public Procurement and Employment of Persons with Disabilities at the National Level: the Case of Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, and Spain |
Moderation: Miguel Buitrago, EASPD Research and Development Officer
|13:00 – 14:30||Lunch break|
|14:30 – 16:30||Panel 3: Promising Practices |
Moderation: Henrike Schaum, ZfSW
|16:30 – 17:00||Break|
|17:00 – 17:30||Concluding panel: What’s Next? How to make progress on Public Procurement and Employment of persons with disabilities. |
Moderation: Nikolaus Dimmel, ZfSW (TBC)
|17:30 – 17:40||Concluding remarks |
|17:40 – 18:30||Networking drinks TBC|
Read more about the CO-RESP project.