Marshall’s Office of Lubelskie Voivodeship

Lubelskie Voivodeship is a territorial government entity established by virtue of law by the citizens of the Lubelskie region. The local self-government performs public tasks of regional character. The local self-government bodies of the Lubelskie Voivodeship are as follows: the Regional Assembly of the Lubelskie Voivodeship (33 councillors elected directly for a four-year term) and the Board of the Lubelskie Voivodeship (ZWL) consisting of five members including the Marshal of the Lubelskie Voivodeship.

 Marshal Office of the Lubelskie Voivodeship (UMWL) is a public administration body – key institution in the regional innovation system, strategic planning processes and financial administering. The overall mission of UMWL is acting for the benefit of the region and its economic development,  to increase productivity and knowledge absorption capabilities within the economy. The areas of activity for UMWL include: public education, healthcare and health promotion, culture and protection of cultural heritage, welfare, family friendly policy, modernization of rural areas, spatial planning, environmental protection, water resources management, labour market, public roads transport.

 UMWL is responsible for decision making on regional policy and creating strategic documents dealing with, among others, innovation policy, support of local industry (including SMEs) and development of higher education and research. The most relevant innovation policy strategy coordinated by UMWL is the RIS LV 2020. UMWL’s activities within the RIS LV 2020 are directed at:

1) supporting the selective development model of the voivodeship based on creative innovation,

2) initiating the process of technological and non-technological transformation of endogenous development potentials,

3) leading to an increase of knowledge absorption capabilities and productivity of the economy,

4) diversifying the economy structure and increasing the share of industries and services with high added value and high growth potential.

 UMWL is cooperating with other institutions creating the innovation ecosystem within regional smart specialisations, including: technology and business incubators, research centres, science and technology parks, training centres and clusters.
As the institution in charge of ESIF funds deployment, UMWL organizes tenders to support, among others, the actors of RIS LV 2020 branches and to strengthen the link between business and research.

 Experience in PPI

The Regional Innovation Strategy for the Lubelskie Vovodeship 2020 (RIS LV 2020), opens up to new actions and creates a new instrument – pilot programmes. Pilot programmes initiate the regional innovation laboratory for systematic search for solutions (courses and types of actions and specific projects). They also better adjust directions and forms of intervention to the changing needs and challenges related to the development of regional smart specialisation areas.

 One of the six areas covered by the first pilot programmes is innovative public procurement. The purpose of this programme is to test the effectiveness of innovative public procurement, especially direct, cooperative and pre-competitive one, as an instrument to stimulate demand for innovations. The Lubelskie Voivodeship has some experience in the use of pre-competitive public procurement, but wider implementation of this instrument encounters significant organisational and competence barriers.

The pilot programme is aimed at:

•  providing organisational support and training for local self-government units and business environment institutions in innovative public procurement (trainings, workshops, conferences, interregional and international exchange of experience and good practices, guidebooks, etc.),

•  transferring good practices in the field of regional systems for innovative procurement,

•  developing, testing and implementing regional systems for innovative public procurement

Marshall Office of Lubelskie Region