European Strategy for Public Procurement in the Construction Sector.

Given the importance of the public procurement in attaining our socio-economic and environmental goals, it is highly important that we outline an effective and context-sensitive strategy on how to improve public procurement in construction.

For this reason, relying on the input of 50+ participating stakeholders, our initiative focuses on:

  1. Mapping all the major challenges and find corresponding solutions,
  2. Organizing a discussion platform to analyze implementation strategies,
  3. Coordinating the implementation of needed changes through a series of roundtables, public debates, media campaigns and specialized trainings.

Goals and Overview

  • Tendering authorities
  • Chambers of Commerce and Engineering
  • Planning bureaus and engineering companies
  • Construction companies
  • Underwriting services
  • Ministries and governmental agencies
  • Building material companies
  • Financing institutions 
  • Political parties
  • Labour unions
  • EU actors
  • Media
  • Analysts, consultants and researchers
  • In a bottom up approach to strategy development, engaging companies, consultancies and chambers of commerce in the first stage and adding media, tendering and financing institutions and policy-makers to the debate at the second stage.
  • Establishing closed interactive groups on the online crowd knowledge platform to engage key actors in the discussion and offer an ongoing discussion platform for strategy and policy development.
  • Supporting the open platform to engage the whole society in the discussion.
  • Organizing online conferences and regular mapping calls with key stakeholders.
  • Continuously enlarging the network of engaged actors.


  • To improve the procurement systems in the construction sector in Europe and neighboring regions along the project‘s lifecycle from planning to procurement to impact
  • Identifying challenges in public procurement.
  • Developing a range of solutions to improve the system.
  • To facilitate cooperation and dialogue across the construction sector in order to make the European construction sector more competitive.


  • Public procurement accounts for approximately 14% of the EU‘s GDP (around €2 trillion per year) thus an efficient public procurement system can
    • Boost jobs, growth and investment, and create an economy that is more innovative, resource and energy efficient, and socially-inclusive.
    • Directly contribute to the implementation of pan European policy goals such as „The European Green Deal“ or „An EU industry fit for the future“.
    • Ensure that foreign subsidies do not distort European markets.
    • Make sure that implemented projects are the best fitted for our communities in terms of environmental, economic and social sustainability.


  • Build the core network of strategy makers
  • Preliminary mapping with the core network
  • Organize and moderate 2 online round table
  • Regular personal debriefing of the core network on identified challenges and solutions.
  • Participants engage in online discussion groups on different subtopics to deepen the strategy recommendations.
  • weTHINK organizes 2 roundtables to present the first set of recommendations on Environmental Sustainability in Procurement and  Standardization and Planning in Procurement.
  • weTHINK invites actors needed for strategy implementation (e.g. EU Commission, Government Actors, Media)
  • weTHINK will organize 3 more rountables to present recommendations on Institutional Capacity in Procurement, Social and Financial Sustainability in Procurement and Digitalization.
  • Engage all the relevant actors and formulate implementation strategies.
  • Organize working-groups to contribute to strategy implementation.
  • Using a voting function in the closed groups on to promote specific topics or ideas
  • Trending ideas are shared with the media.
  • Final Conference (panel discussion) to present the results.
  • Rollout to politicians, ministries and EU institutions and press.
  • Impact evaluation.
  • Process continues and is expanded to more countries.
  • Additional strategy actors are engaged.

weTHINK. European Strategy for Public Procurement in Construction – Idea Mapping and Engaged Stakeholders

… presents all of the important challenges and possible solutions collected throughout our roundtable conferences, direct interviews and expert working groups. Also, you can find here a complete list of all the participating stakeholders. *

*In order to view the full document you need to have the individual or institutional membership level.

Environmental sustainability in public procurement

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A. Environmental sustainability in public procurement

…  discusses lack of proper environmental criteria in procurement process and how this situation can be improved without putting too much pressure on participating companies.

B. Social and financial sustainability in public procurement

… address the challenges related to project externalities, benefits it produces locally, social dumping practices and potential of the construction sector to aid the local development efforts.

Social and financial sustainability in public procurement

Standardization and Planning in public procurement

C. Standardization and Planning in public procurement

… refers to the need to have transparent, balanced and modern procurement rules and guidelines to improve the process, diminish the tendering time and ensure quicker delivery of the projects.

D. Institutional Capacity 

… refers to the challenges related to lack of enough training or manpower in the tendering/procurement agencies and details on how we can improve this situation.

Institutional Capacity


E. Digitalization 

… as the name suggests, details on what are the main barriers to full digitalization currently and what can be done to improve this.

Invitation to join 

To improve regional and European procurement system we require a wide participation of all engaged parties. Only with this support, through dialogues and joint workgroups we can deliver a lasting and effective change. If you would like to contribute to this process and become an active actor of change we invite you to join our closed workgroup.

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