Make Pre-Commercial Procurement your tool for ITS deployment

Lyon, 09 June 2011 - The P3ITS project is releasing its “Pre-Commercial Procurement for ITS” handbook at the occasion of its final workshop. This event will be organised on 09 June 2011 in Lyon, after the closing of the ITS European Congress. Public Authorities, innovation agencies and ITS suppliers will join the workshop to exchange their views and plans on the use of Pre-Commercial Procurement for ITS, and to network in view of future collaborations.


The “P3ITS Handbook: Pre-Commercial Procurement for Intelligent Transport Systems” will be officially released during the third P3ITS workshop taking place on Thursday 09 June 2011 at the Lyon Convention centre, right after the closure of the 8th ITS European Congress. During this workshop, the P3ITS consortium will introduce the Handbook to a wide audience of public authorities, innovation agencies and technology suppliers.

Although highlighting the release of the Handbook, the P3ITS workshop will also be a place for stakeholders interested in the opportunities created by the use of Pre-Commercial Procurement for ITS, in terms of exchanging views and networking with potential partners. Representatives from different public authorities will be invited to present their initiatives with regard to PCP, while the European Commission will present future opportunities for EU-supported multi-national PCPs.

The “Pre-Commercial Procurement for ITS” handbook, produced by the P3ITS consortium, is the result of 18 months of analysis and exchange between public procurement and ITS experts, which happened under the EU-funded P3ITS project. It is a guide describing in five steps the necessary tasks that should be performed before launching a Pre-Commercial Procurement phase for Intelligent Transport Systems or Services.

Pre-Commercial Procurement is an existing but under-utilised tool for public-authorities to include research services and innovation in their procurement processes. Ongoing PCP programmes have proven to be very successful, but PCP so far failed to be widely used, especially in the transport and ITS sector, although experts believe that it could have a highly positive impact for the deployment of new ITS products and services.

P3ITS is a Support Action funded by the European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and  technological development, and is aiming at maintaining a network of both ITS and legal and procurement experts to trigger a debate which would clarify how Pre-Commercial Procurement could be used for ITS. It is coordinating by ERTICO – ITS Europe.

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