Public Spend Matters Europe – Highlights from this Week

So, what have we published for you this week on our site dedicated to exciting and fascinating matters connected with European public sector procurement? And before you even think about switching off ... 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.

Anyway, here are summaries of our features this week – do click though and read the full articles.

Contract Management – Five Reasons Why It Is Still a Challenge in the Public Sector

There are examples of very good practice in public procurement across Europe, and of very poor practice too. However, many of the biggest problems and issues we have seen in recent years, whether it is the Berlin Airport disaster or the UK prisoner tagging scandals in the Ministry of Justice, have arguably come about because of poor contract management. Often that is more to blame than poor procurement. We look at five reasons why contract management does not get the attention it deserves.

EU Purchasing Authorities Struggle With Cross-Border Interest Regulations

In another of our podcast interview reviews, Dr Pedro Telles talks to Dr Andrea Sundstrand of Stockholm University, an expert lawyer in public procurement, and founder the Procurement Law Journal. They discuss how to deal with the cross-border interest test in EU procurement and the legislative difficulties that arise from situations involving EU procurement thresholds. As well as talking about cross-border procurement, Dr Sundstrand also discusses the Procurement Law Journal she founded in 2014.

Danish Charities Appeal a Decision To Exclude a “Crowdfunded” Bid For Wind Turbines Contract

In February of this year two Danish community energy charities took an innovative approach in their joint tender for the construction, maintenance and ownership of 350 MW of offshore wind turbines. Wind People Denmark and Aeroe Island Renewable Energy Fund launched a crowdfunding campaign with the support of Denmark’s largest supermarket chain, Coop Danmark, to raise 30 percent of the funding required for the bid and the project if the bid was successful. It is under review - but the crowdfunding option for public projects is a novel and interesting aspect: might this be the start of another challenge to the dominance of the large financial institutions?

Malta Introduces Public Procurement Blacklist

This week Malta introduced a “blacklist” for companies that breach public procurement regulations or employment laws. The measures could blacklist contractors from anywhere between six months to two years for non-compliance with procurement regulations or the Employment and Industrial Relations act. The prime minister said that it was “no joke” to end up on the blacklist. “Companies found in breach of public procurement regulations and employment legislations will not only see their contracts terminated but would not be able to take part in other contracts for up to two years.”

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