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.

Ideas for Post-Brexit UK Public Procurement from BiP's Eddie Regan (Part 2)

At the recent Procurex South event in London, Eddie Regan of BiP Solutions spoke on “the Potential Impact on Procurement Post Brexit”. Regan is the Principal Consultant for the training business within BiP Solutions, and is well-respected in the UK public procurement world. This article contains more of the ideas Regan put forward on the potential for changing the UK procurement regulations post-Brexit. And of course these are also changes that the EU could make to its own procurement regime, if it so desired.

Public Procurement Podcasts – Interview on Procuring Long-Term Social Services

Continuing his interview series of Public Procurement Podcasts Dr Pedro Telles of Swansea University talks to Niels Uenk, a part-time Researcher at the Public Procurement Research Centre, a joint interdisciplinary research centre of the universities of Utrecht and Twente. He specialises in public procurement of long-term / social health care services. Expenditure on these kind of services is growing rapidly, he says, and it’s one of the main concerns and challenges for a lot of developed countries. So in his research he looks at what is happening about these rising costs.

'Broader Benefits to the Australian Economy' Needs Clarity in CPR

New Commonwealth (of Australia) Procurement Rules (CPRs) – rather, updated ones - came into effect on 1st March 2017 - these are the basic set of rules on how all Australian public sector procurements are undertaken. Alongside them, a set of guidelines have been produced to clarify and help in understanding them. Two of the changes are causing a bit of controversy.  One in particular - 'Value for Money and broader benefits to the Australian economy,' is being contested by the EU. This article prompted Peter to write:

Using Public Procurement To Support National Interests - Protectionism On The Rise  

The global forces pushing economies towards protectionist approaches seem unstoppable at the moment. We featured the new Australian Government procurement rules (see above), which ask buyers to consider “the economic benefit of the procurement to the Australian economy”. That raises questions about compliance with wider international trade and procurement agreements. But it is not just Australia that is moving in this direction, as we explain here.

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