In January 2014 the European Parliament updated the EU rules on public procurement: Inter alia, the Innovation Partnership as a demand side mechanism should foster environmental and social considerations and innovation when public contracts are awarded. If the public sector expresses a need for goods, services or works that cannot be met by current solutions available on the market, the innovation partnership aims to be a simpler approach for suppliers to react to tender invitations. Hence, in the best case scenario, a successful innovation partnership may stipulate the market towards environmentally friendly products and services or may raise at least awareness of the possibility of innovative procurement processes within the public sector. Contracting authorities are allowed to cooperate with one or multiple partners to research and develop an innovative outcome. This leaves room for suppliers to come up with an innovation in cooperation with the authority. In simplified terms, innovation partnership can be understood as a restricted procedure followed by a contract with a R&D-part and the supply within one contract: Firstly, the market parties go through a number of predetermined R&D phases, followed secondly by the procurement of the whole or partly innovation developed.