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.

NAO on Commercial & Contract Management  - Be An Attractive Client

We are looking into a detailed review of the content and findings from the NAO's very useful document 'Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice.' For each area the NAO has covered, we are adding our own thoughts and analysis. Here we take a look at the sixth of the NAO insights  – Be an attractive client. This is an interesting one since it is something that very few public sector organisations or procurement people would have thought much about until very recently.

French Presidential Election - Procurement Implications And Macron Doubts

Marine Le Pen from the Front National? Emanuel Macron from En Marche!? Whoever wins -  what might it mean for procurement? Macron will presumably be a supporter of the EU approach with a degree of openness in terms of trade and a desire to play by the “European rules”. Whereas if Le Pen is successful, it could be bad news for the EU.  Let's take a look at both candidates.

New Green Procurement Newsletter - Out Now

Here is a rundown of the main articles interesting to us in this month's European Commission News Alert on green public procurement (GPP). The lead article features a collaboration and best practice exchange between three Italian regions (Basilicata, Lazio and Sardinia) and the Romanian Ministry of Environment. And another, from Carsten Wachholz, who is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan at the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), talks about the impact NGOs (non-governmental organisations) can have on green public procurement. You can read more here.

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