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The Administration gives a boost to the Circular Economy

In the BOE of February 4, 2019, the Presidency Order PCI / 86/2019 is published, which approves the Ecological Public Procurement Plan of the General Administration of the State, its autonomous bodies and the management entities of Social Security

In the BOE of February 4, 2019, the Presidency Order PCI / 86/2019, of January 31, published the Agreement of the Council of Minister of December 7, 2018, which approves the Plan. of Ecological Public Procurement of the General Administration of the State, its autonomous organisms and the managing entities of Social Security

The Plan responds to the need to incorporate ecological criteria in public procurement, which will allow administrations, in the development of their activity, to promote and contribute to the objectives of economic and environmental sustainability. The scope of the Plan covers all Public Administrations. It will be applied to the General State Administration, its Autonomous Organizations and the Social Security Managing Entities. The Plan establishes some objectives, such as: promoting the acquisition by the public administration of goods, works and services with the least environmental impact; serve as an instrument to promote the Spanish Circular Economy Strategy; guarantee a more rational and economic use of public funds; promote environmental clauses in public procurement; and publicize the possibilities offered by the ecological public procurement legal framework. It determines a group of 20 priority goods, works and services, in accordance with the EU’s green procurement criteria, among which the construction and management of buildings, the construction and maintenance of roads, electricity supply, printing and computers, cleaning products and services, air conditioning systems and transportation. It includes a series of general environmental criteria for contracting, of a voluntary nature, which may be incorporated into the contracting specifications as selection criteria, awarding, technical specifications and special conditions of execution.

The validity of the Plan is 7 years, without prejudice to the fact that it can be reviewed and updated when the Interministerial Commission agrees to incorporate environmental criteria in public procurement.

Along with the Plan, a table is included in the annex with the selection criteria, technical specifications and award criteria that can be taken into account by the contracting authority, for the 20 groups of goods, works and services. Different working groups and a biannual report are planned for the evaluation and monitoring of the Plan.

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