Tender opportunities 2020

Coordination and Support Action – CSA


  • Pan-European networks of practitioners in security (SU-GM01, deadline 27.08.2020, overall budget 7 Mio. €)


Pre-Commercial Procurement – PCP


  • Innovative advanced solutions to enhance security (SU-GM02, deadline 27.08.2020, overall budget 24 Mio. €)

European Commission: Calls for proposals

Until 10 September 2020, regional and local public administrations can apply for two calls for proposals published by the European Commission, which serve as preparatory actions (Coordination and Support Action – CSA):

  • The call Smart local Administrations promotes the development and introduction of digital solutions designed to provide citizens with easier access to public institutions and to influence policy decisions. Therefore a network of local ‘laboratories’ should be set up.
  • The call EU Platform for regions intends to establish a pan-European platform to promote the use of artificial intelligence and big data in European administrations. Thereby the user-friendliness of services should be increased.

Questions regarding the two calls can be sent via email to until 3 September. Questions and answers will be published anonymously on the websites linked above.

More Information on the calls and other themes in the CEF program will also be available during the virtual l info day on 16th July.

Baltic Circular Procurement Congress "A Step Forward Circular Europe"

On 2-3 September 2020 procurement experts, suppliers, researchers and key opinion leaders from all over Europe will meet online to share their experiences and best practices of using procurement as an effective tool for transition towards the circular economy. The purpose of the Congress is to raise awareness of circular concepts, procurement in particular, highlight good practices, share experiences and pave the road ahead for circular procurement to enter the mainstream. The Congress is a two day online event, which consist knowledge sharing activities such as workshops, seminars, keynote speeches and virtual study visits. The Congress is organized under the Circular Public Procurement project supported by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.

First European City Facility call opened

Until 2 October 2020, municipalities can apply for grants of EUR 60,000. The European City Facility (EUCF) promotes financial support and services for capacity building in municipalities and local authorities. The aim is to develop sound investment concepts and mobilise funding in the field of sustainable energy. Further information can be found on the website of the European City Facility.

Coal Regions in Transition

The Platform for coal regions in transition has just launched a suite of toolkits to assist practitioners in EU coal regions. The toolkits focus on key aspects of the transition:

- strategies for structural change processes
- governance in structural change processes
- employment and welfare support
- environmental rehabilitation.

Other areas such as financing measures have been announced.

The toolkits will be presented in a series of webinars, starting on Thursday, 18 June 2020.
Further information can be found on the "Coal Regions in Transition" website.

Updated guidelines: procurement in relation to COVID crisis

The European Commission has released new guidance for public buyers to help public authorities use the flexibility provided by the EU’s public procurement framework to ensure rapid and efficient purchases of all necessary equipment. The possibilities range from considerably shortening the public procurement process to emergency procurement that is not subject to EU procedural requirements and does not require the prior publication of tender notices. The guidance also recommends that public buyers consider alternative innovative solutions and ways of engaging with the market.

Challenges from Austria

The IÖB service point regularly publishes challenges to bring together public institutions and companies with innovative offers. Current challenges can be found here.

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