EU calls for tender in 2020

European Green Deal Tender

The European Green Deal is the roadmap to a modern, resource-efficient and competitive EU. On 18 September, the European Commission published an invitation to tender with a funding budget of one billion euros. For contracting authorities, the promotion of energy-efficient refurbishment (area 4) and the use of hydrogen are of particular interest.

Area 1: Increasing Climate Ambition: Cross sectoral challenges

  • LC-GD-1-1-2020: Preventing and fighting extreme wildfires with the integration and demonstration of innovative means
  • LC-GD-1-2-2020: Towards Climate-Neutral and Socially Innovative Cities
  • LC-GD-1-3-2020: Climate-resilient Innovation packages for EU regions

Area 2: Clean, affordable and secure energy

  • LC-GD-2-1-2020: Innovative land-based and offshore renewable energy technologies and their integration into the energy system
  • LC-GD-2-2-2020: Develop and demonstrate a 100 MW electrolyser upscaling the link between renewables and industrial applications
  • LC-GD-2-3-2020: Accelerating the green transition and energy access Partnership with Africa


Area 3: Industry for a clean and circular economy

  • LC-GD-3-1-2020: Closing the industrial carbon cycle to combat climate change - Industrial feasibility of catalytic routes for sustainable alternatives to fossil resources
  • LC-GD-3-2-2020: Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economy

Area 4: Energy and resource efficient buildings

  • LC-GD-4-1-2020: Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient way

Area 5: Sustainable and smart mobility

  • LC-GD-5-1-2020: Green airports and ports as multimodal hubs for sustainable and smart mobility

Area 6: Farm to Fork

  • LC-GD-6-1-2020: Testing and demonstrating systemic innovations in support of the Farm-to-Fork Strategy

Area 7: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

  • LC-GD-7-1-2020: Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services

Area 8: Zero-pollution, toxic free environment

  • LC-GD-8-1-2020: Innovative, systemic zero-pollution solutions to protect health, environment and natural resources from persistent and mobile chemicals
  • LC-GD-8-2-2020: Fostering regulatory science to address combined exposures to industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals: from science to evidence-based policies

Area 9: Strengthening our knowledge in support of the EGD

  • LC-GD-9-1-2020: European Research Infrastructures capacities and services to address European Green Deal challenges
  • LC-GD-9-2-2020: Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigation
  • LC-GD-9-3-2020: Transparent & Accessible Seas and Oceans: Towards a Digital Twin of the Ocean

Area 10: Empowering citizens for the transition towards a climate neutral, sustainable Europe

  • LC-GD-10-1-2020: European capacities for citizen deliberation and participation for the Green Deal
  • LC-GD-10-2-2020: Behavioural, social and cultural change for the Green Deal
  • LC-GD-10-3-2020: Enabling citizens to act on climate change, for sustainable development and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic engagement

The “impact-focused” approach is designed to demonstrate that research and innovation can provide effective solutions within a relatively short timeframe. The deadline for submission of applications expires on 26 January 2021. The selected projects should be scheduled to start in autumn 2021. Applications must be submitted via the Funding and Tenders Portal. Further information on the call for tenders can be found there or in the Work Programme.

The EU Contact Point advises on invitations to tender and applications. She also assists in finding a partner. See also the partner application in the area of housing.

European Events

Save-the-date: workshop presenting results of the European wide benchmarking of innovation procurement investments and policy frameworks

Interested to know how much the public sector in your country invests in adopting innovative solutions compared to other countries, and in which sectors they invest the most (health, transport, energy, security, ICT etc.)? Keen to know if your country already has an action plan, target, financial incentives and a competence center for boosting innovation procurement? Save-the-date for the 12 October workshop that will present the final results of the Europe-wide benchmarking.

EU online event on Innovation Partnerships

On 13 October 2020, the European Commission’s Directorate-General GROW invites you to the online seminar Think Innovative! Unlock the potential of the Innovation Partnership to boost the economic recovery. The seminar will present adaptations to the Guides for Public Procurement that provide more precise guidelines for the design of future innovation partnerships. In addition, practical examples and tips for the design of innovation partnerships will be presented. Interested parties can register with their Commission login until 1 October 2020. Registrations will be checked and subsequently confirmed by DG GROW.

EU Online Event on Sustainable Procurement

The workshop The power of sustainable procurement on 14 October 2020 from 16:30 to 18:00 presents best practises of public procurement that are exemplary in terms of sustainability, fair working conditions and inclusion. The basis is a report presenting 71 projects.

The event is organised as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities. It will take place from 5 to 22 October and will deal with the topics Empowering Citizens, Cohesion & Cooperation and Green Europe offering a varied, free programme.

GPP Helpdesk Webinar – Green Public Procurement of data centres, server rooms and cloud services

The Online Seminar will take place on 10 November 2020. This is the second of two Webinars that will be held in 2020, as part of the European Commission’s Helpdesk service on GPP. The webinar will focus on the updated voluntary EU GPP criteria for Data centres, server rooms and cloud services, which have been designed to help public authorities reduce the key environmental impacts, including those associated with ICT equipment, energy use, and cooling systems.

Challenges from Austria

The IÖB service point regularly publishes challenges to bring together public institutions and companies with innovative offers. A challenge is currently open. The application deadline ends on 27.10. It is planned that the winners will be on the 2nd. December 2020 to the innovation dialogue with the jury members.

Consultation on the impact of EU agricultural policy on biodiversity

Until 22 October 2020, the European Commission is asking to participate in a consultation on the evaluation of EU agricultural policy measures that affect habitats and biodiversity. European environmental legislation will also be addressed. Participants can answer a questionnaire, for which a user profile must be created once. Registration in the EU Transparency Register is not necessary for municipalities and districts.


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.

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