weTHINK European strategy for public procurement in Construction – “Beyond ideas – towards impact: Sustainable construction”.

Events 2021 overview

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  • Follow-up on 2020 Idea mapping effort and events.
  • Outline a Roadmap to sustainable procurement for CEEC region.
  • Further develop strategy implementation projects (e.g. Knowledge exchange platform, Stakeholder engagement platform)
  • Support cross-border cooperation and knowledge exchange.
  • Facilitate business networking and cooperation.
  • Improve procurement systems across the EU.
  • Enhance cross-industry dialogue and cooperation.

Brings Together

  • Construction materials producing companies.
  • Technology providers.
  • Construction companies.
  • Municipalities and public companies.
  • Engineers and consultants.
  • Chambers of commerce and industry.
  • Banks and financing institutions.
  • Universities and research centers.
  • Media actors.

Expected attendance: 150 people.

Topics to be covered

  • Procurement policy and practices across Europe.
  • Stakeholder engagement mechanisms.
  • Education and knowledge exchange practices.
  • CO2 in construction – the role of public procurement in advancing sustainable construction.

Event Structure

10 May 2021

  • 11.00 – 12.30. Panel discussion on “Mapping a policy roadmap to sustainability in Europe through public procurement”
    • Keynote presentations on the European and local developments regarding public procurement and sustainability in construction.
        • Sašo Matas, Director General of Public Procurement Directorate, Slovenia (Pending final confirmation).
        • Bojan Bogdanovic, Principal Fund Manager, Renewable District Energy at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and President of Serbian Green Building Council (Pending final confirmation)
        • A representative from the Public Investment Office, Serbia (Pending final confirmation)
        • A representative from the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) (Pending final confirmation).
  • Open discussion floor on “What are the most important policy changes to be implemented in CEEC?”
      • Moderated by Sorin Cebotari, Senior Research Manager at weTHINK.
  • 13.00 – 14.00. Discussion groups
  • How to improve institutional capacity and knowledge regarding public procurement?
    • Capacity building and cross-border cooperation through education and knowledge exchange.
    • Moderated by Sorin Cebotari, weTHINK., Austria.
    • Discussants:
      • Dorin Beu, Green Building Council Romania.
  • What are the available tools for an efficient digitalization of Public Procurement?
    • Moderated by Ingo Mayr-Knoch, weTHINK, Austria.
    • Discussants:
      • Roberto Adami, Vice President for Corporate Market at Vortal.
  • 14.00 – 15.00. Open dialogue session to collect inputs and draft the structure of the Roadmap
    • Moderated by Sorin Cebotari, weTHINK.

11 May 2021

  • Applied trainings and knowledge exchange:
    • 10.30 – 12.30. Mechanisms to foster decarbonization through Public Procurement.
        • With Borja Izaola, Green Building Council Espana and Petra Ferk, Institute for Public-Private Partnership, Slovenia.
  • 10.30 – 12.30. Smart city and smart infrastructure – what can it bring to sustainable procurement.
    • With Dragos-Eduard Nedelea, Electrogroup, Romania and Miodrag Gluscevic, Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities – National Association of Local Authorities in Serbia.
  • 13.00 – 15.00 – BIM in public procurement for construction.
      • With Veljko Janjik, Bexel Consultancy and Dragoslav Sumarac, ASIS and Zeljko Zugic, Public Investment Office, Serbia.
  • 13.00 – 15.00 CO2 in construction and infrastructure – reducing the long-term emissions.
        • With Ulrich Nolting from Beton
        • Luc Rens from European Concrete Paving Association Facts and figures on the contribution of concrete roads to CO2-reduction”.
    • 15.00 – 15.30 – Closing panel and presentation of follow-up activities.


Sorin studied at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where he claimed his Ph.D. in Geography (Sustainable development). Additionally, he has a MA in Political Science which he studied at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary for.
Sorin Cebotari, PhD
Project Manager

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