Methodological Support for the Development of Green Public Procurement

Projekt abgeschlossen

Public institutions belong to the most important buyers of goods and services in many coun­tries. This project aims to support Bulgaria in its effort to turn “Green Public Procure­ment (GPP)” into practice, by providing methodological and practical support to public procure­ment authorities as well as to suppliers of goods and services, by increasing the awareness and exchanging best practi­ces, and by elaborating a practical handbook and its use in public procurement processes. Thereby, the EU’s recommendations on GPP to its member states are taken into account.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Wirtschaftswachstum fördern und Arbeitsbedingungen verbessern
Regulierung des Finanzsektors
18.03.2015 - 30.06.2019
CHF  463’250

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


The EU directives and procurement strategies with regard to Green Public Procurement encourage the use of green (and social) criteria in public procurement. The introduction of such criteria is a well-accepted mean in order to contribute to a reduction of the environ¬men-tal impact of public consumption and to foster the use, the offer and the development of more environmental-friendly and socially produced goods and services. The EU target set (non-binding) for its Member States stipulated that 50% of the public procurement awards shall be “green” (by 2010). However, this target is not (yet) achieved. In Bulgaria, the first “National Plan on Green Public Procurement 2012-2014” marks the very beginning of the implementation of a national policy aimed at promoting GPP. In 2013, only 1.2 % of all public contracts contained “green” considerations. Until now, Bulgaria has little experiences to apply the GPP concept in practice and is seeking support from Switzerland.


The overall objective of the project is to reinforce favourable framework conditions for
the development of GPP in Bulgaria, including the development of a comprehensive model
for green awarding, and to stimulate the private sector to offer eco-friendly products and
Two specific objectives are defined:

  • To create prerequisites for the systematic and sustainable development of GPP in Bulgaria.
  • To increase the awareness on good practices for environmental protection in the award of public contracts, and to stimulate their application.

The main beneficiary of the project is the Bulgarian Public Procurement Agency (PPA) at the
Ministry of Economy, as the main partner. The main users of the expected results during the project implementation are the following groups:

  • Contracting authorities, both at central and local level, which will receive specific assistance to use the GPP handbook and award more green public contracts.
  • Economic operators (companies) supplying goods and services, with an environmental orientation/impact, and in line with high standards on environmental protection and the reduction of harmful effects from production, operation and consumption.
  • Experts from the Public Procurement Agency (PPA), who have to build capacity for providing methodological support in the GPP area to other authorities.
    Indirect beneficiaries are all the Bulgarian citizens who will benefit from more awards of GPP contracts and saved public funds.
  • A comprehensive background study on the situation of demand and supply on the green market in Bulgaria will be carried out, as support for the National Public Procurement Strategy and the National Action Plan (2015-2017). At least 10 suitable product groups within the Bulgarian market will be identified.
  • A concise and practical handbook will be developed, consulted, distributed and promoted. It shall be sufficiently interlinked and coordinated with other currently running projects on public procurement in Bulgaria.
  • Trainings (8 two-day), based on the new GPP handbook, will be conducted with at least 240 participants comprising Public Procurement Agency (PPA) staff, contracting public departments, business associations, and from the business sector.
  • Three larger information events shall reach at least 150 more persons.
    • General linkages with the ongoing reform agenda in the field of public procurement in Bulgaria will be made through the project.

A Swiss organisation (or consultant team) with experience and knowledge on GPP will be involved to facilitate the exchange between Bulgarian and Swiss partners in order to learn from Swiss expertise, and how to introduce and apply the GPP concept in practice. A professional exchange with selected public authorities (at federal and/or cantonal level) and experts with practical experiences in GPP from Switzerland will be organised.


Erreichte Resultate:   The Green Public Procurement project improved the conditions for the implementation of coherent and purposeful policy in the field of green public procurement in Bulgaria. A practical handbook was developed and trainings with public procurers were conducted for that purpose. Several exchanges between Bulgarian and Swiss procurement and sustainability experts took place.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt SECO
Kreditbereich Schweizer Beitrag an die erweiterte EU
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
  • «Central Coordination Unit» Directorate of the Council of Ministers and the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency

Public Procurement Agency (PPA) - Ministry of Economy

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    463’250 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    278’899

Phase 10 18.03.2015 - 30.06.2019   (Completed)