Public Procurement for Innovation

Good Practices and Strategies

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Public procurement offers an enormous potential market for innovative products and services. Used strategically, it can help governments boost innovation at both the national and local level and ultimately improve productivity and inclusiveness. Based on good practices in OECD and partner countries, this report analyses the state of play of procurement for innovation and provides a flexible framework focusing on 9 areas to promote it.




Cyprus does not have a strategic framework for procurement for innovation and no secondary policy objectives have been set for public procurement. However, in accordance with EU public procurement legislation, public procurement practices demand that every contracting authority assesses the needed innovation parameters of the contract concerned. Contracting authorities can do so at their discretion; the innovation parameters are to be reflected in the technical specifications or other procurement documents. Thus, procurement for innovation is conducted on a case-by-case basis. In addition, Cyprus’s Employers and Industrialists Federation has established innovation awards for certain sectors, including public sector innovation achievements.


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