The networking of PROMINENT MED, as a way to impulse the mechanisms of public procurement of innovation, is extremely important to show municipalities new alternatives to acquire the best price-to-value innovations. In this line, the Spanish partners of Prominent MED, Universitat Politècnica de València and Consorci de la Ribera, have presented the aims and current development stage of the project to the Consortium of the Project LIFE LIBERNITRATE: Responsible reduction of nitrates in the comprehensive water cycle. This Consortium is composed by three Universities -Universitat Politècnica de València, Universitat de València, Università degli Studi di Genova-, two private companies -Aguas de Valencia and Stitching Incubator, an Association of Farmers – Unió de Llauradors- and two territorial agents: Consorci de la Ribera and Diputación de València, which can arrive to up to 266 municipalities.
This project aims to reduce the pollution by nitrates coming from intensive farming by means of an innovative product. The innovation coming out from this project would be an excellent candidate to be acquired by municipalities with a high commitment in improving the quality of water for the service to their citizens. The presentation of the Prominent MED project has introduced the principles of the Public Procurement of Innovation and Pre-commercial Procurement as a trigger for innovation and as a change in the mindset of public staff to renew the procurement procedures in a short term. Both projects have committed to continue networking to cope with the future challenges of municipalities.