Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

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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:

Professor Sue Arrowsmith on Brexit - What Happens To Public Procurement?

This is part 2 covering Professor Sue Arrowsmith’s session at the recent Leicester Law School Socially Sustainable Public Procurement event, where she shares her thoughts on sustainability in public procurement and the care needed in using such criteria in public procurement decisions. She is arguably the most highly regarded academic lawyer on public sector matters in Europe, and she goes on to talk about Brexit and its effect on public procurement.

Open Opps - A New Tool To Find Public Procurement Opportunities

Open access to contracts often comes up as a concern for suppliers in how difficult and time-consuming it is for them to keep track of all the contract opportunities that come up around the European Community – not just the larger ones posted in the OJEU, but those below threshold or not on OJEU for other reasons. Indeed, just keeping up with opportunities in a single country is taxing enough. A new portal is now in place that hopes to address this.

Eco-Innovation Observatory - Circular Economy Report

In a recent report by Eco-Innovation Observatory - Policies and Practices for Eco-Innovation and Circular Economy Transition (November 2016) - it traces how the circular economy concept has evolved in EU member states, looks at the challenges of mainstreaming eco-innovative measures, and how countries' comparative eco-innovation policies and practices are measured. Cross-country comparisons are made of circular economy and innovation measures in the EU and globally, using eco-innovation scoreboards. Its key findings are here.

Sustainable Procurement In The City of London - An Impressive Approach

At the recent Leicester Law School Sustainable Public Procurement event, one of the stand-out sessions was presented by Natalie Evans, Responsible Procurement Manager for the City of London Corporation, the government body that runs services in the centre of the capital. One of her suggestions is that sustainable procurement should be positioned in different ways for different internal stakeholders to gain strong buy-in. Here are her other suggestions.

 

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