The 2020 Procura+ Awards Ceremony saw two public agencies and two cities gain recognition for their biggest successes in public procurement in four categories. The event took place on the 1st of October 2020 as part of the Digital Conference “Environmental Considerations in Public Procurement in Europe”, hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), and the German Environment Agency (UBA).
The Procura+ Awards reward successful, already running, sustainable and innovative public procurements leading to significant improvements of public goods, services, processes and infrastructure.
The city of Koprivnica was one of the four winners and was awarded the prize in the category “Innovation Procurement of the Year”, thanks to their public procurement of innovation for the complete reconstruction of a building, carried out in close cooperation with Regional Energy Agency North. The runner-up in this category was the City of Malmö (Sweden). With this award, the Croatian city finds itself in the company of previous winners from the same category: City of Frederiksberg (Denmark) – 2019, City of Rotterdam (Netherlands) – 2018 and Ministry of Defence Netherlands – 2017.
The market dialogue initiated to inform and involve market actors, in this first of its kind partnership in Croatia, was positively assessed by the jury. It also allowed performing an extensive reconstruction of a prefabricated kindergarten building. “We are truly honoured to receive the Procura+ Award. This type of public innovation procurement is the first to be conducted in Croatia, and being honoured with this Award is a remarkable confirmation that we are heading in the right direction” said Mr Mišel Jakšić, Mayor of Koprivnica, in his thank-you speech during the award ceremony.