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Ioan Baciu

Company / Organization
European Commission Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement

Title / Position

Short description
I am a lawyer commended by a fifteen-year expertise which covers both national and EU procurement law and practice. In this capacity, I have counselled on a regular basis major foreign investors in connection with the implementation of certain highly important public procurement and/or PPP projects, some involving certain fairly complex Phare, Schengen, Structural Funds / Community Progammes, USTDA/BERD, World Bank or other public or private funding schemes.

Since 2013, I also am a member of the European Commission stakeholder expert group on public procurement. As an international public procurement expert, I am constantly invited, as speaker/lecturer, to numerous international conferences and seminars on the reform and the modernization of the EU public procurement, strategic procurement, e-procurement, sustainable procurement, probity and corruption in public procurement, etc.

Building on my expertise in this field, I am a constant contributor to the legal press and journals, but also an associate researcher at some of the most prestigious institutions such as the IRSPP – International Research Study of Public Procurement which gather together a carefully selected number of eminent procurement executives and researchers from centres of excellence in procurement around the world, the Procurement Lawyers’ Association – London or the Center for Good Governance Studies – a prestigious interdisciplinary research unit within the Public Administration Department of the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communications Sciences from Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Topic of speech
My presentation will focus on the opportunities that SMEs may have in the context of innovative (including ICT) public procurement. I will start by offering a general view of the evolution of the process by which the European Commission has integrated innovation in its policies and, particularly, in public procurement, from the early stages to date.

I will continue with a short presentation of the tools which the European Commission has dedicated especially to ICT procurement, and then move on to present the current state of play, at both the EU and the national levels, insisting on the fulcrums which SMEs may, according to the new EU and Romanian regulatory frameworks, now use to tap into the public procurement market. I intend to wrap up with a few examples of best practices.