The 12th regular meeting of the presidency of the Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia took place in Velenje on 7th of September 2016 and they proposed the establishment of a Steering Commitee on Smart/Green public procurement. The Kick off meeting of the Steering Commitee was held in Maribor on 25th of November 2016. Within the framework of the Steering Commitee on Smart procurement we want to start the process of active participation in the creation of positions, bases and the whole development process, a supportive environment for greater use of green public procurement in practice, as well as participate at appropriate moments in the formulation of legislative and regulatory frameworks.
Representatives of the Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia and LEA Pomurje, who are also members of the international consortium of the project Greens, briefly presented the results, already achieved in the frame of the project and the expectations and commitments, which we want to realize in the future.
The lively discussion of the Steering Commitee, which includes different professional competences of the members, was extremely unified. Green procurement is extremely important and for the fully implementation it is necessary to reduce bureaucracy and create a supportive environment. More than the technical trainings with samples, it is necessary to raise the level of awareness and behavioral, why we do this, between decision-makers as well as employees of the local administration in the various sections.