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Green public procurement

Last update of indicator08.12.2022

Indicator definition

Green public procurement (GPP) is a way for administrative authorities to integrate environmental requirements into public procurement procedures through technical requirements or tender evaluation criteria. 




Key messages

In the conditions of the Slovak Republic, GPP is considered a voluntary tool, the application of which, within the proactive approach of organizations, can achieve the simultaneous efficient use of financial resources, protection of environment, protection of health and support the circular economy. In March 2016, the GPP was included in the Program Statement of the Government of the Slovak Republic for the years 2016 - 2020, where the ambition of the government is to create favorable conditions for its application. In December 2016, the Resolution of the Government of the Slovak Republic no. 590 approved National Action Plan for Green Public Procurement in the Slovak Republic for the years 2016 - 2020 (hereinafter referred to as NAP GPP III). The strategic goal of NAP GPP III is to achieve a 50 % share of green procurement by state authorities in the total volume of contracts concluded by them for selected product groups. According to the Envirostrategy 2030, this share should reach up to 70 % of the total value of public procurement in 2030. To achieve the strategic goal, three main measures have been set out in the NAP GPP III, which are implemented through defined activities:

  1. support for public authorities in the implementation of green public procurement;
  2. monitoring the progress / development of green public procurement;
  3. cooperation with relevant European and national institutions.


In 2016, the Slovak Republic fulfilled the tasks arising from the approved NAP GPP III. Under the first measure, the activities were aimed primarily at raising the awareness of public purchasers and contracting authorities about the manner and possibilities of applying GPP through educational events - professional workshops, in which the participants were also provided with professional promotional materials. A total of 168 participants were trained at GPP workshops in 2016. Information on green public procurement was also provided to the public through SEA website/enviroportal as well as through the GPP helpdesk. Monitoring GPP development is carried out annually based on two quantitative indicators, namely:

  • Indicator 1: percentage share of GPP in total procurement in relation to the number of contracts (contracts, orders,purchases) per calendar year;
  • Indicator 2: percentage share of GPP in total public procurement in relation to the value of executed contracts (contracts, orders, purchases) per calendar year.

In 2021, the total numbers and values of above-limit, below-limit and low-value contracts, broken down into goods, services and construction works, were monitored as part of monitoring the level of GPP application in the Slovak Republic. 4,270 public institutions (public authorities and their subordinate organizations, self-governing regions and organizations established by them, cities and municipalities) were contacted, of which 749 subjects (17.5 %) participated in the questionnaire survey. In 2021, the level of Indicator 1 reached 5.14 % and the level of Indicator 2 reached 17.7 %. Based on the evaluation of the application of GPP, the ambitious target set in the Envirostrategy 2030 has not yet been achieved.

Summary assessment

International comparison

The OECD Green Growth database contains selected indicators for monitoring progress towards green growth to support policy making and inform the public at large. The database provides a synthesis of data and indicators available across a wide range of domains. The sources of the underlying data used to populate the Green Growth Indicators, as presented here, include a range of OECD databases and, in some cases, external data sources. The database covers OECD member countries, accession countries and selected non-OECD countries (including the BRIICS economies - Brazil, Russian Federation, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa).

OECD Green Growth Indicators Database


Ing. Juraj Vajcík, SAŽP,


Selection and methodology of indicator’s assessment is based on the set of indicators proposed by the OECD and addressed by the report: "Green Growth: Monitoring progress towards green growth“. Data relating to the national situation are usually presented in the period between 2000 and 2012. Basic time sequence is changed in those cases when the data are not accessible or when their comparison is not possible due to differing approaches in their collection, assessment, changes in methodology, classification, etc.  Summary assessment of indicator’s trend from the green growth perspective is based on a subjective evaluation of the responsible assessor due to the fact that the strategy is not officially implemented in the Slovak Republic and therefore specific objectives have not been defined.  Naturally, this assessment builds on the analysis of the past trends, as well as their anticipated direction in view of the measures adopted as to date.
Selected indicators characterize Slovakia's initial position as seen from the perspective of the green growth and were to be used as a measuring tool before further steps are taken in the process of implementation of this strategy and for a complex assessment of the future trend of the Slovak economy.  Present set of green growth indicators comprises 32 individual indicators that are relevant in Slovakia's conditions. Four of them are national indicators that describe voluntary instruments of the environmental strategy. 

Data sources:

Data used in this document come from the official national or international sources and databases.  Assessed trend was reviewed and discussed with the state administration specialists (individual departments of the ministries of Environment, Economy, Labour and Social Affairs and Family, Finance, Agriculture and Rural Development) and their professional organisations (Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, State Geological Institute of Dionýz Štúr, Slovak Environmnet Agency, State Nature Consservancy, Institute for Financial Policy) and also the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic whose databases furnish most of the information.

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