Public Spend Matters Europe – Highlights from this Week

Here is our Friday run down of  what we have 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.

Smart Bins: How Data Integration Could Improve Public Services

Smartbin, has worked with Cascais Municipality in Portugal to develop an efficient waste collection system. The company installed sensors in 400 underground recycling bins in Cascais in March. These sensors report back to the environmental department’s control centre via cellular networks when bins are nearly full. Smartbin also provides “smart routing” software, which can map out efficient routes for optimum-fill level bins and send them to collection truck drivers. Since developing the solution, Cascais are on track to save up to €900,000 on collection operation in 2015. In New York, the idea of smart bins has been taken a step further.

The Law of Unintended Consequences Drives Public Procurement To Frameworks

Like most governments and the Commission itself, the UK government wants to make public procurement more transparent and open up contracts to more suppliers, including smaller firms (SMEs). But sometimes the “law of unintended consequences” kicks in. That means we see outcomes that are not the ones foreseen and intended by a usually well-meaning and purposeful action. Here is a great example ...

Ukraine's New Public Procurement Bill - A Step Up the Corruption Index Ladder?

September 15th, a new law on public procurement was passed by Parliament in Ukraine. The Bill is heralded to cut corruption and red tape, and make the public procurement process more transparent. This openness will make the Hr 250 billion ($11 billion) a year state procurement market accessible to more bidders. KyivPost reported that: "Apart from harmonising rules for Ukraine’s public purchases with WTO (World Trade Organisation) requirements, the bill helps cut corruption risks. It obliges bidders to provide information on the ultimate beneficiaries of tender winners, makes tender committee protocols and financial proposals publicly accessible, and introduces a transparent appeals system." Another step up the ladder of the corruption index and in the move to be EU-ready!

EU Auditors: More Needs To Be Done To Address EU Public Procurement Errors

A report by the European Court of Auditors outlines public procurement problems in EU member states and the efforts being made to address them. Between 2007 and 2013, €349 billion was allocated in the area of cohesion policy through the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund. A significant portion of this money was spent through public procurement. Between 2009 and 2013, over 1,400 transactions co-financed from the EU budget were examined, including verifying public procurement procedures relating to almost 700 projects. Around 40 percent of these contained errors relating to public procurement; 29 percent of which were ‘serious,’ 49 percent were ‘significant’ and 22 percent were ‘minor.’

Implementing eProcurement - Kenya Runs Into Problems

It is not long ago that the introduction of eProcurement in Kenya was being hailed as a big success. Like many other countries in Africa and indeed other parts of the world, corruption has been a major problem in public procurement, and the introduction of eProcurement was seen as one way of countering this. But regional governors have identified a number of problems with the system. It has “recentralised procurement and contributed to marginalisation of locals in tendering." Now some observers see this as a push-back against the anti-corruption aspect of the system. But the government does need to show that it is doing everything possible to make this a success.So what can we learn from this that might be relevant to contracting authorities and governments in other parts of the world, including Europe?

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