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.



Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic there is no single policy document for setting a strategic framework for procurement for innovation (pre-commercial or commercial), and no innovation action plan. Nevertheless, public procurements in R&D and innovation are traditional tools of support to innovation solutions for public sector and an integral part of the Czech innovation policy. A conceptual shift regarding procurement for innovation is envisaged to stem from the key policy document for RDI policy, the “National Research, Development and Innovation Policy of the Czech Republic in 2009-2015 with an outlook to 2020,” updated in 2013. Based on this strategic document, there is interest in improving framework conditions (including legal conditions) for financing research and innovation projects of SMEs through public procurement. Furthermore, by 2016 the European Commission and Council Directive for public procurement will be transposed into the Czech legislation.


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