PIANOo, the Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre, was set up to professionalise procurement and tendering in all government departments, with a view to improving efficiency and compliance with the rules. Professional procurement can contribute to successful policy and offers value for taxpayers' money.
As of 1 January 2017 PIANOo is part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl). Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.
PIANOo was set up in 2005. It started out as a knowledge network for government procurement officers and contracting authorities. The name PIANOo stands for: Professioneel en Innovatief Aanbesteden, Netwerk voor Overheidsopdrachtgevers (Professional and Innovative Tendering, Network for Government Contracting Authorities).
Expertise Centre in a large network
Since its start PIANOo has become the tendering expertise centre for the government. PIANOo brings experts in specific areas together, pools knowledge and experience and provides advice. It also fosters dialogue between government contracting authorities and private sector companies.
PIANOo works for and with a network of around 3,500 public procurement and tendering professionals.
- water boards, municipalities, provinces, national government and other public bodies;
- work, supplies and services;
- knowledge, policy and practice;
- contracting authorities and economic operators (public and private sector).
Practical and demand-led
PIANOo addresses a wide range of subjects in procurement practice. Wherever possible, we are guided by the questions and signals we receive through our network.
PIANOo organises meetings, produces publications and works with expert groups chaired by university professors specialising in the field. Key themes at the moment are market knowledge, the position of procurement in the organisation, innovation-focused procurement, innovative procurement and sustainable procurement.
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