Speed uPPP Slovenia

International Conference on Public-private
Partnerships and Public Procurement 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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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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