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  1. 1. This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OECD and its member countries or of beneficiary countries participating in the SIGMA Programme. This document and any map included herein are without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international frontiers and boundaries and to the name of any territory, city or area. ENI East Regional Conference on Public Procurement Salle D, OECD Headquarters 24-25 April 2014 Programme Conference Hotel: Radisson Blu, Paris-Boulogne
  2. 2. Purpose of the Conference: The main purpose of the conference is to provide an opportunity for information sharing and networking for the central public procurement authorities of the countries in the European Union’s eastern neighbourhood: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The central public procurement offices play a key role in the public procurement reform process since they are normally being responsible for the following functions: preparing and drafting primary and secondary procurement legislation, exercising certain monitoring and controlling functions, provision of information and advice, capacity-strengthening and international coordination. On the other hand, there are still only few independent bodies for complaints review and remedies, although all the countries are becoming increasingly aware of the need to improve their practices in this respect. The main topics of the Conference will be the challenges presented by the continuing need to align policies with good international practice and the increasing pressure to develop the remedies systems. The new EU legislative package (the three new public procurement directives adopted early 2014) will serve as an important reference and will be presented by a representative of the EU Commission. Format of the Conference: The Conference will be interactive and based on case presentations. Experts from IPA countries and EU Member States as well as representatives of the EU Commission will inform about EU policies and provide examples of good practice. Participants will be asked to briefly present recent developments and share experience from their countries in the specific field covered in each session. The meeting will also provide all participants with the opportunity to meet informally and compare national experiences and discuss specific issues among peers, and to establish a network for more regular exchanges in the future. The working languages of the conference are English and Russian, with simultaneous interpretation during all scheduled sessions. Sigma will distribute its relevant public procurement briefs in English and Russian; see http://www.sigmaweb.org/publications/publicprocurementpolicybriefs.htm. Participants: Participation is by invitation only. The Conference will be attended by senior officials responsible for designing and implementing public procurement reforms in their countries: usually heads of public procurement offices and their key staff, but also officials from the leading ministries and other governmental agencies in charge of public procurement as well as from the complaints review bodies. Participation of DG MARKT and national experts from EU Member States has been confirmed. Representatives of other international agencies active in the region (such as EBRD and the World Bank) will be invited as observers. Each ENPI-East country will have five official delegates at the conference. Their travel and accommodation costs will be covered by SIGMA. In total, some 30 participants, including SIGMA staff and experts, are expected to attend.
  3. 3. Wednesday 23 April 18.30-20.00 Welcome Cocktail offered by Sigma (Radisson Blu Hotel) Day 1: Thursday 24 April Developing the Public Procurement Framework: Policies and Institutions 08.15-09.00 Coffee and Registration 09.00-09.15 1. Welcome and Introduction Karen Hill, Head of Programme, SIGMA Daniel Ivarsson, Senior Advisor, SIGMA 09.15-10.45 2. Policy Making and Regulatory Development for Public Procurement: Challenges and Approaches Michael Fruhmann, Head of Unit, Federal Chancellery, Austria Brief Country Presentations Reference documentation: SIGMA Brief No 26 10.45-11.15 Coffee Break 11.15-12.30 3. Regulatory References and Their Use: the New EU Directives, DCFTA/Association Agreements/GPA, UNCITRAL Model Law, National Regulations on Public Finance and Public Administration Niels Schuster, DG MARKT, EU Commission Daniel Ivarsson, SIGMA Reference documentation: SIGMA Brief No 1 12.30-13.30 Lunch
  4. 4. 13.30-15.00 4. Public Procurement Reform: the UK Experience Peter Bennett, Senior Policy Adviser, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom Brief Country Presentations Reference documentation: SIGMA Brief No 26 15.00-15.30 Coffee Break 15.30-16.15 5. Regulatory Development: Good Practice for Drafting Laws and Regulations Edward Donelan, Senior Advisor, SIGMA Reference documentation: Drafting Guidelines 16.15-17.00 6. Central Public Procurement Functions: Identification, Combination, Separation, Conflicts of Interest, Checks and Balances Daniel Ivarsson, SIGMA Erika Bozzay, SIGMA Brief Country Presentations Reference Documentation: SIGMA Briefs Nos 21 & 27; SIGMA Paper No 40 19.30-20.15 Registration for dinner offered by SIGMA on a Bateau Mouche, Port de la Bourdonnais Day 2: Friday 25 April Putting Policies into Practice: The Example of the Remedies System 09.00-10.30 7. Setting Up a Remedies System: Business Reasons, Regulatory Requirements and Good Practice Mihaela Matokanovic, SIGMA Expert, Croatia Brief Country Presentations Reference Documentation: Sigma Briefs Nos 12 & 25, SIGMA Paper No 41 10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
  5. 5. 11.00-12.30 8. Current Practices in Complaints Review: Examples from the Region and the EU Erika Bozzay, SIGMA Brief Country Presentations Reference Documentation: SIGMA Brief No 12, SIGMA Paper No 41 12.30-13.30 Lunch 13.30-15.00 9. Current Priorities and Coming Activities in the Neighbourhood East: Reform ambitions for 2014 and Beyond Marian Lemke, Senior Advisor, SIGMA Contributions from Participants 15.00-15.30 Coffee Break 15.30-16.15 10. Networking Opportunities with the Region: Common Interests and Possibilities for Exchanging Views and Ideas Marian Lemke, SIGMA Contributions from Participants 16.15-16.45 11. Conference Organisation: Lessons Learned and Proposals for Next Year Daniel Ivarsson, SIGMA Annes McGoogan, SIGMA Contributions from Participants 16.45-17.00 12. Concluding Remarks Karen Hill, Head of Programme, SIGMA Daniel Ivarsson, SIGMA