Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market. Around Europe, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by government and public sector bodies of some sort. Worth doing well, you might consider. So here is a roundup of what we were discussing this week. If you find anything interesting, please click through to the full article:

Innovative Public Procurement - European Commission Conference in Berlin

The 5th annual European Commission Innovative Public Procurement conference was held in Berlin last week. We featured some quick initial views here,  and we will be digging  into them in greater detail in the coming days, looking at some of the topics raised and some of the specific sessions. Today we start with some further over-arching points, including a speech by the Deputy D-G in the Internal Market group at the Commission, who gave us an overview of innovation in the procurement context. And in our next article we will look at the panel discussion on public procurement of innovation.

Berlin European Commission Conference – Procurement of Innovation

Procurement of Innovation was the title of the first panel discussion at the European Commission  Innovative Public Procurement conference.  There has been increased focus on this topic in recent years, with the view that public money can help support and promote innovative, usually young or smaller, firms. But how to do this effectively – and not waste taxpayers’ money – is still a huge issue for the public sector. This panel proved very interesting and was certainly a highlight of the day in Berlin ...

Risk Aversion in Public Procurement - Part 4

Continuing our series on risk aversion in public procurement, and what to do about it, we wrote in the last installment about the need for better training to educate professionals about how they might become more innovative and creative – without simply ignoring public procurement regulations. But, as we said, there are other areas aside from education that could be addressed to help reduce the risk aversion that often constrains procurement performance. Three areas come to mind ...

UN Procurement -- Statistical Report 2015

The 2015 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement (ASR) was produced earlier this year, and now an online version is available, enabling the electronic analysis of the data. It sets out United Nations organisations, supplier countries and categories of goods and services and how much was spent, with a particular focus this year on sustainable procurement. We give an outline of the report and links to the full download.

 

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