The Smart Procurement European Alliance  (SPEA) project focuses on improving energy efficiency in municipal buildings in order to incorporate energy saving and renewable energy to these buildings and to develop sustainable management procedures in the cities of the European Community.

Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

With small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as its main target, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) supports innovation activities (including eco-innovation), provides better access to finance and delivers business support services in the regions.

It encourages a better take-up and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and helps to develop the information society.

The cities

The project is compounded for a consortium of three cities: Barcelona (project leader), Birmingham and Eindhoven.

The partners must be contracting authorities according to Directives 2004/18/EC and 2004/17/EC.