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.

Forget Procurement - We've Got Brexit To Sort Out ...

We read recently a statement that because UK government departments were so busy with Brexit planning and (at some stage) presumably execution, they just didn’t have time to worry about running procurement activities. So, 250 contracts (which seemed a surprisingly precise number to quote) that have recently expired, are expiring now, or are close to expiry, would simply be extended rather than new processes started. Hmmm! You can understand the logic - but is it really that simple?

Market Engagement Best Practice Report from the SPP Regions

SPP Regions is promoting the creation and expansion of seven European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). It has just  issued a new publication – the Market Engagement Best Practice Report. It is aimed at guiding public procurers in engaging with suppliers in the context of procurement projects where input from the market can improve procurement outcomes. It contains practical advice and guidance.

Upcoming Conferences – Major Public Procurement Events in Paris & Tallin

The annual public procurement conference on Strategic Public Procurement organised by the European Commission is a major event in the events calendar. This year, it is being held on Friday June 2nd in Paris and will focus on three aspects: “Procuring sustainable, innovative, and socially responsible solutions”. We hope to be there to report on the event and hope to see you there too. The Conference on Innovation Procurement will be held under the Estonian EU presidency on 17th and 18th of October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. Two other eafip workshops will be held in parallel to this event, which sound interesting - more details in the post.

Post-Brexit: What Changes Should We Make to Public Sector Procurement Law?

This is a guest post from Innopsis, the industry association for companies driving innovative information sharing for better public services. It discusses possible changes to public sector procurement law post Brexit. Brexit offers a rare opportunity in public policy, it says, to critically review an rethink how government works. It is worthwhile looking at the options for UK Public Procurement post Brexit to see how new policy can be shaped to make it easier to do business. The article suggests five changes you might make, if you had a magic wand - but if you read the readers' comments, you will find that not everyone agrees.

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