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In focus:

Smart Public Procurement and
Efficient Public-Private Partnerships

In Slovenia, as in most countries of the European Union, on the one hand, there is a growing infrastructure gap and on the other hand an increasing pressure to reduce the accessibility of public services. Countries respond differently to this trend, among the more effective responses is a greater involvement of the private sector potential in public projects. Public-private partnerships are becoming a global imperative to provide public infrastructure and to perform public services. On the other hand, the traditional approach to public procurement is currently experiencing rapid transformation as well. The emphasis in public procurement is gradually shifting from procedural aspects to the issue of substance issues. A combination of smart procurement and effective public-private partnerships could be a proper response to the above-mentionned dilemmas and challenges. This has been also the aim of the Investment Plan for Europe prepared by the European Commission, which introduced a new logic of financial implementation of (public) projects. The Investment Plan for Europe envisages greater  mobilization of private funds and at the same time enables to absorb higher risks in the project through guarantees of the European Funds for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The EU encourages environmentally friendly, innovative and development-oriented projects, where the set targets can be most effectively reached by a blending of public and private sources of funding.
Main Focus:

Why should you attend the conference?

  • Because we are aware that with the normal working rhythm, it is challenging to find time for an in-depth analysis of the potential offered by public-private partnerships and demands by the rapidly changing field of public procurement;
  • Because domestic and foreign internationally recognized experts will present practical examples, which may represent effective solutions to the demands you are confronted with;
  • To be informed about the latest trends in the field of public procurement and public-private partnerships in the EU;
  • Because you will have an opportunity to meet representatives of the European Commission and European Investment Bank and learn directly about their perspectives on the outstanding issues related to public procurement and public-private partnerships;
  • Because of an increased efficiency brought by a collective and interactive approach to the selected issues;
  • Because the debate will be moderated and conducted in a way that will enable the inclusion of all participants and will encourage the exchange of opinions;
  • To prepare you for the opportunities offered by the financial blending (combination of the EU, public and private sector resources in the implementation of public projects);
  • To help you identify your development potential.

Invitation for participants:

All participants who have a specific project or an idea for a project or an interesting question related to the public procurement and public-private partnerships and would like to test their standpoints, doubts or ideas in discussion with the panelists and participants are invited to communicate their ideas in advance via e-mail info@pppforum.si. The most interesting ideas will be included in the program and will be discussed at the conference.

More information: Katja Hodošček (E: katja.hodoscek@pppforum.si, T: 01 60 100 70).

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE AND FEE

The fee for the first day of the conference is EUR 330 excluding VAT. In addition to participation, the price includes the lectures material, lunch on the first day of the event, and the dinner with a cultural event, coffee breaks, certificate of participation, and free parking.

Participation at the second day of the conference (European Day) is free of charge and supported by the European Commission Representation in Slovenia. A number of places for participants is limited. Due to the limited number of places, attendance at the second day of the forum is possible only with prior registration.

In the case of a large number of registered participants, priority will be given to the participants registered for both days of the conference.
DISCOUNTS
We can offer you:
15 percent discount for early registration until 30 October 2017.
10 percent discount for 2 or more participants from the same organization.
10 percent discount for the participants of the workshops
Speed ​​uPPP 2017 – Ljubljana, Novo mesto, Piran, Ptuj.
Discounts are not cumulative; if you are eligible for more discounts, we shall make you a special offer.
PAYMENT
For private legal entities, payment should be processed after receipt of the invoice issued on the basis of your registration and no later than 15 November 2017.

For public legal entities payment should be processed within 30 days upon receiving the invoice after the conference, and the invoice will be issued based on the registration form or purchase order.

CANCELLATIONS
A cancellation should be communicated via e-mail info@pppforum.si. The last deadline for a written cancellation is 15 November 2017. Cancellation after that date and before 20 November 2017 will be charged at a 30-percent registration fee. In the case of cancellation received after 20 November 2017, or in the event of a non-participation at the conference, the full registration fee will be charged.

INFORMATION
• T: 01 60 100 70
• E: info@pppforum.si
SPEAKER

Branko Kašnik

INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
FOUNDER, DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Branko Kašnik is one of the Founders and deputy director of the Institute for Public-Private Partnership. He regularly lectures at various seminars and conferences, sharing his broad practical knowledge of public procurement and public-private partnerships. Recently, he advises mostly in the implementation of larger infrastructure projects as well as in the implementation of the electronic public procurement.

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SPEAKER

Petra Ferk

INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
FOUNDER, RESEARCHER

Petra Ferk is one of the Founders of the Institute for Public-Private Partnership and an assistant professor for public administration at the Graduate School of Government. She is the Secretary General of the Slovenian Association for European Law, a member of the management board at Federation Internationale du droit Europeen – FIDE and International Academy of Comparative Law – IACL, national correspondent for European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, and is active in promoting best practices on PPPs within the trainings organised by the UNECE International PPP Centre of Excellence. Recently, she has been actively engaging in discussions on e-procurement, energy performance contracting projects, provision and financing of public services, public infrastructure, and the related issue of state aid.

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SPEAKER

Boštjan Ferk

INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
FOUNDER, MANAGING DIRECTOR

Boštjan Ferk is the Managing Director and one of the Founders of the Institute for Public-Private Partnership, Slovenia. He is also an Assistant Professor for Public Administration at the Graduate School of Government and European Studies and The European Faculty of Law, Slovenia. Boštjan Ferk is listed as one of Slovenian arbitrators, regularly lectures at PPP seminars and trainings, he collaborates with numerous European and international organizations, e.g.: UNECE International PPP Centre of Excellence, Economic Forum, Centar za menadžment nabavki. Boštjan is also a member of the international committee PPP Development Center of the Russian Federation. Recently, he is dealing mainly with the energy performance contracting and project development.

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speaker

João Feio Pereira

VORTAL
Head of Europe & RotW BU at VORTAL Connecting Business

João Pereira was born on 10 June 1977 in Lisbon, Portugal. He earned his degree in industrial engineering by the Nova University of Lisbon in 2001 and MBA (Lisbon MBA Catolica | Nova – #15 Europe FT ranking) in the years 2006–2008. Since 2001 he has been working at Vortal (vortal.biz), a world leader in electronic sourcing and procurement. From 2001 to 2007 he was eSourcing and eProcurement Consultant in the Private Sector (Building and Construction sector). From 2008 to 2010 he held a post of Market Manager in the Portuguese Public Sector (Central, Local and other Public Authorities). He also served as a head of the Health Sector having launched VortalHEALTH platform. From 2010 to 2014 he was based in Madrid where he was Business Development Director for Spain and Latin America. In Spain he was responsible for the VORTAL go to market. In Latin America he was responsible for the contracts for the National platforms in Colombia and Dominican Republic. Since 2015 he has been based in Frankfurt where he has served as a Head of Europe and Rest of the World BU, leading the international business development and partners engagement at VORTAL.

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Speed uPPp Slovenija - bled 2017

Conference PROGRAMME

8.00 – 9.00

Morning coffee and registration

9.00 – 9.20

Opening address

Peter Jacobs, Head of European Investment Bank Office in Slovenia

9.20 – 9.45

Introductory lecture on smart procurement

Boštjan Ferk, Institute for Public-Private Partnership, Managing Director

9.45 – 11.00

PANEL 1: SMART PROCUREMENT

The introductory panel will address issues like: What do we mean when we talk about smart procurement? What are the concept and content of smart procurement? What is the European Commission's view on smart procurement? How to tackle the trend "from the form to the content"? Which are the public procurement instruments that ensure the best value for money?

Moderator:
Branko Kašnik, Institute for Public-Private Partnership

Panelists:
How to ensure best price-quality ratio?
Adrián Tokár, European Commission, Legal Service, Assistant to the Deputy Director General  

Smart procurement model for information and communication technology services in public sector in the year 2020
Primož Kučič, Head of Business ICT Solutions, Telekom Slovenije d.d.

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

PANEL 2: ELECTRONIC PLATFORMS FOR EFFICIENT PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

The Member States, which were among the first to introduce electronic public procurement have accumulated a ten years’ worth of experience. Traditionally, the leader in the field has been Portugal. What is the experience? What are the prospects? How do our neighbours tackle the introduction of e-procurement – a case study of the City of Vienna? Which elements are especially important in establishing e-procurement and what should be the safety standards? The panelists will provide us with answers to these key questions.

Moderator:
Boštjan Ferk, Institute for Public-Private Partnership

Panelists:
E-procurement in Europe: Where we are now and what will be the next generation of procuring
João Feio Pereira, Head of Europe & RotW BU at VORTAL Connecting Business

Introducing e-procurement
Speaker to be confirmed

Cloud Services: Regulatory Compliance – Privacy, Trust, & Security
Blaž Suhač, ITAD, d.o.o., IT Adviser and PRINCE2 Project Manager

13.00 – 14.30

Lunch

14.30 – 16.00

PANEL 3: EVALUATION AND RISK MANAGEMENT IN PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Risks and balanced sharing of risks in a project are the key factors for the success of public-private partnerships. How is balanced risk sharing ensured in countries which have a rich practice in the field of public-private partnerships? Recently, however, it can be observed that even in the developed countries wider socio-political risks play an increasingly important role in the projects' success or lack thereof. Is it possible at all to foresee such risks and be prepared for them adequately?

Moderator:
Petra Ferk, Institute for Public-Private Partnership

Panelists: 
Political context and the legislative framework as risks in the PPP projects
Marc Frilet, Frilet Société d’Avocats, Paris, France

Risk Assessment, Evaluation and Risk Management in PPPs – Irish experience
Mila Sullivan, Senior Procurement Manager in the Office of Government of Republic of Ireland, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

16.00 - 17.00

PANEL 4: DEVELOPMENT OF USEFULL TOOLS AND KNOWLEDGE-TANSFER ACTIVITIES IN THE FIELD OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN SLOVENIA

Also in Slovenia different tools, platforms, and knowledge transfer instruments are being developed which enable progress and development of public procurement and public-private partnerships in Slovenia. Let us present you some examples.

16.00 – 16.30:
PRESENTATION: A DYNAMIC PROCUREMENT SYSTEM

16.30–17.00
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION PROGRAM: A CONCESSIONS AND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS PROFESSIONAL

19.30 – 22.30

Reception and dinner

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PARTNERS:
Participation at the second day of the conference (European Day) is free of charge and supported
by the European Commission Representation in Slovenia.
8.00 – 9.00

A morning coffee and registration

9.00 – 9.15

Opening addresses

Zoran Stančič, Head of the European Commission Representation in Slovenia
Miranda Groff Ferjančič, State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance

9.15 – 9.45

The new 2017 public procurement package – a way to further unlock the investments in Europe

An Baeyens, European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, SMEs and Entrepreneurship and Services (DG GROW), Unit for Innovative and e-Procurement

9.45 – 11.30

PANEL 5: AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO FINANCING PUBLIC SECTOR  PROJECTS: CONCESSIONS AND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN COMBINATION with EFSI guarantee AND EU FUNDS

During the crisis, the Member States have faced with a need of consolidating public finances and, consequently, a downturn in public funds for building public infrastructure has been witnessed across Europe. As a response to this challenge, the European Commission prepared an Investment Plan for Europe, which, in terms of building public infrastructure, introduces a shift in its funding from public funds towards public-private partnerships (PPP). The Investment plan for Europe thus introduces a shift in the use of the EU budget from subsidies to financial instruments. Consequently, a single project envisages the combination of diverse financial resources – both public, European and, in particular, private. While such a financial combination is already well known in the Member States which are no longer eligible for subsidies, this logic has been slowly introduced also in countries that still receive considerable structural and cohesion funding. How to combine financial resources to implement a project, what kind of support the banking sector can offer, how to increase the combination of financial resources in Slovenia – these are some of the questions that will be addressed by the panel.

Moderator:
Petra Ferk, Institute for Public-Private Partnership

Panelists:
Combining public and private funds – Current state and challenges for the next programming period
Ed Farquharson, Advisor at the European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC), European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxembourg

Bankability of public-private projects
Branko Cepuran, European Investment Bank (EIB)

How to use the advantages of financial blending in Slovenia
Goran Katušin, Member of Management Board at Slovene Export and Development Bank

Presentation of the first experience of Slovene project backed with the guarantee form the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) 
Alenka Košič, International Relations and EU Funds at DARS d.d., Slovenian Motorway Company

11.30 – 12.00

Coffee break

12.00 – 13.15

PANEL 6: PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN HEALTHCARE

In the framework of the European Semester 2017, the Member States committed themselves to each other to take the necessary measures within the next 12–18 months to address policies or areas considered by the European Commission as the priority ones. Among others, the Commission recommended to Slovenia to adopt and implement proposed reform of the healthcare system and adopt the planned reform of long-term care.. Among others, the European Commission also recommended Slovenia to fully tap the potential of centralized procurement in the health sector. Therefore, health care efficiency has been identified as a challenge in Slovenia. Guests of the panel will share  experience of how this challenge has been addressed in Slovenia, how it is tackled in the other Member States, which measures are crucial, how to introduce change, and which are the necessary next steps.

Moderator:
Boštjan Ferk, Institute for Public-Private Partnership

Panelists:
European Commission's point of view on current matters with regard to health public procurement
An Baeyens, European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, SMEs and Entrepreneurship and Services (DG GROW), Unit for Innovative and e-Procurement

Public procurement in healthcare – A case study
Christian Wolf, Generaldirektion des Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund, Shared Service Center Einkauf

How to introduce innovations in Slovenian hospitals and the importance of optimizing public procurement procedures in Slovenian hospitals
Silvana Šonc, Director of the Sežana Hospital

13.15 - 14.15

PANEL 7: PREREQUISITES FOR SUCCESSFUL REALIZATION OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

One of the key factors for a successful realisation of public procurement procedures as well public-private partnerships is communication. Communication between contracting authorities and tenderers is essential; however, equally important is also the communication with end-users. The panelists will share its experience on how to properly communicate and above all how to communicate without fear which would help to improve economic efficiency and transparency in public procurement and public-private partnerships.

Moderator:
Branko Kašnik, Institute for Public-Private Partnership

Panelists:
Where is the line between lobbying and corruption?
Boris Cizelj, Knowledge Economy Network, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Preliminary market consultations in practice – Irish experience
Mila Sullivan, Senior Procurement Manager in the Office of Government of Repbulic of Ireland, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

The role of public relations and communication in public projects
Nina Sankovič, Adviser to the CEO - Head of Public Relations, Snaga Public Enterprise, Ltd.

14.15 – 14.30

Conclusion of the Conference

14.30 – 16.00

A buffet lunch and networking

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LOCATION

BLED, Slovenia
Hotel Golf

Participants are recommended to stay at the Hotel Golf, where the event will take place or at a nearby Hotel Park at affordable prices.

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Cankarjeva 4
SI-4260 Bled, Slovenia

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