Sharing PPP experience (EPEC)
Public-private partnerships (PPP) offer great potential benefits but also present a unique set of challenges. The European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC) allows its public sector members to:
- share experience and expertise,
- share analysis
- discuss best practice
- help maximise returns.
Limiting EPEC's membership to the public sector helps ensure a free and open exchange of information. However, the EPEC speaks regularly with the private sector, not least at the twice-yearly Private Sector Forum. The EIB also provides input as a leading funder of PPPs.
The EPEC has a full-time executive made up of experienced PPP professionals, serving the 35-strong membership which includes national and regional authorities both inside and outside the EU. This includes a helpdesk which can either answer questions or advise on who to contact. In some instances, the executive can work with members to set up, refine or analyse policy and procedure. However, no advice is given on individual projects. This is a joint initiative of the EIB, the European Commission and several European public authorities. It is funded by the EIB and the Commission, with the membership contributing their time and expertise.
More information on EPEC can be found on the dedicated website: http://www.eib.org/epec