The first stakeholder meeting for the GPP4Growth project took place on June 12th 2017 in PINK HOUSE, headquarters of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, located at Guardia Civil Avenue, 1 (SEVILLE).

Invited guests were welcomed by José Luis Hernández Garijo, Deputy Vice-Minister for Environment and Spatial Planning, who highlighted the importance of Green Public Procurement (GPP) in Andalusia.

María Briones Alcañiz, Chief of Communication and Documentation, Ministry of Environment & Spatial Planning informed about GPP4Growth project goals, activities and expected results for the next five years.

After coffee break (with products from ecological agriculture and fair trade) María José Santiago, President of the Administrative Court of Contract Resources of Andalusia, explained how integrate in a practical way new award criteria in calls and tenders with particular attention to environmental considerations and discussed real examples of judicial sentences.

In the second part of the meeting there was time for discussion among the attendees to receive their feedback. After a brief presentation of the group members, in which their experience and needs were exposed, Julio Ramos from Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, presented a Guide to boost the implementation of green contracts of the Regional Government of Andalusia.

 It was agreed that the different members of the group would contribute experiences of GPP to improve the Guide. Likewise, some of the group members exposed a proposal to work on standard contract documents on certain areas of interest common to most administrations.

On balance there was a brief presentation where the planned activities of the Project for the first semester were reviewed, such as the web survey to highlight the needs of the GPP4Growth partner regions related to the GPP implementation.

In general it was explained all those activities that required the participation and collaboration of stakeholders and the deadlines established by the project.

Finally, all participants were also asked to fill in evaluation form in which they evaluated the meeting and pointed out the issues needed to be discussed in the future.