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.

HS2 Problems a Sign of Poor Contracting Strategy?

Last week the contracting process for phase 2 of the UK's high-speed rail programme, HS2, fell apart when CH2M, who had won the contract, pulled out. One of the unsuccessful bidders, Mace, then complained that there were conflicts of interest in the procurement process. CH2M has provided dozens of staff on secondment to HS2, including the previous CEO, who was then replaced by a permanent appointee – who also came from CH2M! The whole project seems to be descending into a bit of a shambles.

AI at Procurement Week - Supply Chains, Planes and Automobiles

Procuring for our smart cities, transportation and supply chains was the theme for the afternoon session at Procurement Week. Here is the essence of the key messages along with some interesting questions from the audience, like, why the public sector is not as aware as it should be of the forthcoming changes in the digital revolution, of innovations they could be leveraging, and the knowledge sharing that could be happening.

Brexit Negotiations - Letting the Other Side "Win"

The serious negotiations can now begin following the UK formally triggering the process to leave the EU. It will no doubt raise all sorts of interesting issues around negotiation strategy and practice. UK negotiators need to really understand what the EU wants out of this, we feel, and create a credible BATNA to make the EU side believe the country will walk away rather than signing up to a poor agreement. There will be much analysis of the progress of the negotiation over coming months and years.

EU Catalogue - ICT Standards for Public Procurement

The EC believes that " ... if e-procurement was fully implemented across the EU, it would save annually 50-75 billion euro in Europe and increase transparency and public accountability." There is much confusion over which standards or regulations to use, when, how, where etc, becuase of the pure quantity of rules. The EC is trying to address this by building a site that will help member states collaborate. The EU Catalogue is a platform for people to work together informally, on real issues. To encourage shared systems that talk to each other, to share data and solutions. It details what the regulations are and what guidance is available, in a streamlined way.

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