Friday rant – EU invites ideas for improving public procurement blah blah blah…

Peter, I hear many of you asking.  Why haven't you featured the very exciting 'green paper' the European Union has issued asking for ideas about how public procurement can be improved. Surely, (you say), you are a bit of a public procurement anorak and would like nothing better than to hold forth to the EU for hours, or even days, on the many ways in which public procurement could be made better?  How it could be more efficient, slicker, more competitive, and generally more attractive - think of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt playing hyper intelligent yet deeply sensitive double agents saving the world ... That could be EU procurement (OK, we may be getting a little carried away here).

You're right.  I should write something.  And there is so much that could be done to improve public procurement.

But ... the last time the Commission reviewed the procurement directives it launched its green paper in 1996, produced legislative proposals in 2000 and finally adopted EU legislation in 2004, which wasn't implemented in the UK until 2006.

Ten years.  Good heavens, I'll be... almost 40 by the time it all happens.  Retired to my Zermatt chalet.  So, it just feels like life is too short.  How likely are they to take any notice of what I say - or indeed what any of us say?

Will the EU even exist in 10 years (no, I predict, not in its current form anyway).  So I'm having some issues working up the enthusiasm to think serously about the options here.

Having said that, if I get a great mass of comments saying, "Peter, we really want to hear your comments on this fascinating issue.  We can barely contain our anticipation and excitement, and indeed my doctor has had to prescribe mild sedatives just to get me through another day of waiting for your words of wisdom...",  then I can be persuaded. Perhaps we could submit an official Spend Matters response to Brussels...

First Voice

  1. Dan:

    Peter, we really want to hear your comments on this fascinating issue. We can barely contain our anticipation and excitement, and indeed my doctor has had to prescribe mild sedatives just to get me through another day of waiting for your words of wisdom…

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