How public procurement can boost the social and circular economy

Join RREUSE, the European Network of Social Enterprises active in Reuse, Repair, and Recycling, to dive into the opportunities and challenges of public procurement for the social and circular economy.

This interactive workshop is your chance to discover best practices in the social and circular community and explore policy interventions that can facilitate social economy actors’ access to public purchases at the EU and national levels. This workshop is part of the Spanish EU Council Presidency’s European Social Economy Congress (November 13th – 14th, San Sebastian, Spain).

The session is organized in collaboration with the Spanish network and RREUSE member AERESS – Asociación Española de Recuperadores de Economía Social y Solidaria.

Take advantage of this opportunity to hear from experts in the field, gain new insights, and ask your burning questions during the Q&A sessions.

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How public procurement can boost the social and circular economy

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14-11-2023 - 15:00

San Sebastian, Spain

Draft agenda Nov 14_ Workshop-Social Economy Congress

Speaker’s presentations



15:00 to 16:05 – PART I: Procuring with a purpose: the social, environmental and economic value of buying from social enterprises.

Conversation with public procurement experts and social enterprise representatives about procurement best practices and rules for social enterprises in the circular economy.

Interventions from:

  • Claire Downey, Policy and Research Director at Rediscovery Centre Ireland.
  • Danko Aleksic, Project Coordinator at EuroCities.
  • Simone Schirru, Policy Officer at RREUSE.
  • Valentina Caimi, Independent Consultant at LinkinEurope SPRL & Project | Manager and Senior Expert at AIEDL.
    Moderated by Neva Nahtigal, Director of RREUSE.


16:05 to 16:50 – PART II: Reserved contracts for social enterprises in the 2022 Spanish Law on Circular Economy. A year on, what are the lessons and takeaways?

Conversation with national social enterprise representatives, public procurement experts, and local authorities from Spain.

Interventions from:

  • Antoni Pascual, Environmental officer of the Manacor City Council (Illes Balears).
  • Felipe Hernandez, Coordinator of Quality, Environment and Occupational Safety Department at Fundación Ataretaco (Canary Islands).
  • Carmen Lainez Larragueta, Director of Waste Management and Services of the Pamplona District, S.A (Navarra).
    Moderated by Carmen Aja Ruiz, Director of AERESS.
16:50 to 17:00 – Wrap up
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