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Public Procurement

Contracting authorities need to adhere to strict EU public procurement regulations and national laws while also having to achieve the best value for money

Publicly owned companies, public authorities and suppliers of the EU Member States are obliged to apply the European public procurement regulation when purchasing goods, services and public works above the defined European thresholds. Even when announcing below the thresholds, they need to follow the EC Treaty principles of transparency and non-discrimination. All actors involved are forced to ensure transparent procedures and fair conditions of competitions for suppliers.

Public companies and authorities as well as their suppliers face a rather complex system of public procurement procedures. Officials responsible for public procurement need to get familiar with the recent legal changes in the field of public procurement as well as the best pre and post award phase strategies to ensure their public institution gets the goods or services they need.

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Managing Risks & Preventing Irregularities in Public Procurement

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English 27.02.2017 - 28.02.2017 InterCity Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Date: 27.02.2017 - 28.02.2017
Location: InterCity Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Language: English

Defence and Security Procurement

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English 29.05.2017 - 30.05.2017 Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Date: 29.05.2017 - 30.05.2017
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Language: English

Summer Academy Public Procurement 2017

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English 26.06.2017 - 28.06.2017 InterCity Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Date: 26.06.2017 - 28.06.2017
Location: InterCity Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Language: English

Contract Management in Public Procurement

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English 28.08.2017 - 29.08.2017 RAMADA Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz
Date: 28.08.2017 - 29.08.2017
Location: RAMADA Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz
Language: English
High Level Committee

The European Academy for Taxes Economics & Law is grateful to the Members of the  Public Procurement High Level Committee within the European Knowledge Network for their support. The Committee is comprised of some of the leading experts from public institutions on international, European and national level.  

The mission of this High Level Committee is to exchange about key topics of a high actuality and importance for stakeholders in the field. Sharing their extensive experience and expertise, Members of this Committee contribute to increase and exchange of essential know-how among public institutions in the European Union within the European Knowledge Network.

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Evgeny Smirnov

Evgeny Smirnov

Associate Director, Policy Advisor, Procurement Policy Department, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

It is time to acknowledge that procurement is not a compliance discipline, but an art, which shall be developed to become a comprehensive platform for project implementation risk management, covering a complete capital expenditure cycle, from planning to the end of a life cycle of projects.


On a broader scale, procurement shall be a vehicle for the delivery of political economic goals set by Governments at the macroeconomic level, and for the efficient economic operation of public and private enterprises.

Evgeny Smirnov Vita

Evgeny Smirnov is Associate Director, Policy Advisor working at the Procurement Policy Department of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Since 2009 he coordinates the ERBD’s policy dialogue with the governments of the Bank‘s countries of operation in respect of public procurement. He also provides policy and specific project implementation and risk management advice to the ERBD’s operational teams and the Bank‘s clients. Moreover, he is a member of EBRD-UNICTRAL Taskforce as well as OECD/ACN monitoring teams for selected countries. Since joining the ERBD in 2000 he has worked with the Infrastructure Business Group on numerous projects in many of the Bank‘s countries of operation, taking responsibility for developing project delivery strategies and advising, assisting clients through the project implementation and reviewing the procurement and contract administration processes. Prior to joining the EBRD, Evgeny Smirnov was a procurement consultant on a number of World Bank funded rojects in Russia in transport, environmental, agricultural and health sectors.

He has also worked for the Ministry of Foreign Economic Affairs of the Russian Federation, first as an engineer and later as a project manager in the Middle East department. He was involved in large construction and irrigation projects in the Middle East and Africa.

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Natascha Graff

Natascha Graff

Procurement Analyst, DG Admin – Security & Transport Division, European Central Bank

Public tendering is the most regulated process step in the procurement lifecycle. The knowledge of the market about the rules governing public procurement and the willingness to challenge the decisions of contracting authorities continuously increase. A correct interpretation of the law and the capability to consolidate compliance with the principle of best value for money are the preconditions for successful tendering. I am looking forward to discussing key topics of public procurement within the High Level Committee and to contribute to the identification of topics for presentation at the conferences and seminars of the European Academy for Taxes, Economics and Law. My aim is to help contracting authorities and practitioners in the efficient and compliant conduct of public tendering procedures.

Natascha Graff Vita

Natascha Graff has broad hands-on experience in tendering procedures. Currently, she is working as procurement Analyst at the European Central Bank. How to best implement procurement rules into practice is a subject which is of particular interest to her. Previously, Natasha Graff was working as a Procurement Specialist for Europol, the European Law Enforcement Agency in The Hague. Her prior work experience includes procurement logistics in the automotive industry in Germany, assistant services to an international law firm partner specialised in EU public procurement in Belgium and public procurement for the European Commission Representation in Austria.

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João de Almeida

João de Almeida

former Executive Board Member, National Agency for Public Procurement


João de Almeida Vita


João de Almeida became a Public Procurement Consultant shortly after completing a five-year term as a Member of the Executive Board of the Portuguese National Agency for Public Procurement (ANCP) in August 2012. Among other achievements, ANCP concluded 23 framework agreements, allowing the Government to save EUR 163 million out of a centralized purchasing budget of EUR 1.000 million, fully implemented the National System of Public Procurement and the State Fleet Management System (mandatory for central administration and voluntary for local authorities and state owned companies). In his dual capacity as a lawyer and a top manager of a central purchasing body, he played a key role in most of the legislative, organizational and operational changes undertaken between 2007 and 2012 within the framework of the reform of Portuguese public procurement system, including the launch and management of a mandatory fully fledged e-procurement system that is widely recognized as a best practice case. His consultancy in the field of public procurement has progressively turned into focusing on World Bank projects since 2013. Geographically, African countries represent by and large the majority of projects in his portfolio. Most recent assignments, as well as his permanent research, focus mainly on topics relating to central purchasing, framework agreements, public procurement performance measurement and e-procurement.


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Darko Stojmenovski

Darko Stojmenovski

Chief Procurement & Contracting Unit, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Darko Stojmenovski Vita


Darko Stojmenovski is Chef of the Procurement and Contracting Unit at the Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe since October 2015. He has over 15-years’ experience in the field of administration and supply chain management. Before joining the Procurement Unit at the Secretariat, Darko Stojmenovski was the Chief of Fund Administration in the OSCE Presence in Albania. He has extensive experience in procurement and commercial affairs, working both in international organisations such as UN/UNDP, and in the private sector for firms like Oxford University Press and Rapid etal Development. Darko Stojmenovski holds a Degree in Physics and a MA in European Studies and he currently is an MBA candidate at Warwick Business School.