The MEAT principle: Towards a new procurement approach in rail [Cancelled]

6 May 2020

The event has been canceled due to the continued uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The 2014 EU framework provides new possibilities for contracting authorities to achieve best value for money through an increased focus on the Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT). However, contracting authorities might assess MEAT in different ways, and awarding contracts based on price only is still a possibility. While an approach rather based on the best price-quality ratio over the lifetime of the products and services can provide extra benefits, there are also challenges to overcome: how to avoid additional burden in procurement procedures? How to professionalise procurement departments to new methodologies and approaches? How to incentivise and support contracting authorities in their transition?

Throughout 2019, CER, EIM and UNIFE have been working together to develop a Europe-wide  ‘Recommendation to apply the Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) & Good practices in the domain of railway procurement’.

You are cordially invited to participate in a follow-up workshop between 10:00-16:00 on 6 May 2020 to discuss the challenges and opportunities linked to the use of MEAT in rail procurement. Specific criteria (technical/technological criteria, life-cycle costing and environmental/social criteria) will also be examined in a dedicated session. This event will provide a unique opportunity for European railway undertakings, infrastructure managers and suppliers to address this crucial topic and share good practices.

For more information on the event please contact Jonathan Nguyen.


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