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.

Berlin Brandenburg Airport – Lining Up To Be a Fiasco of Historical Proportions

The saga of the major new airport for Berlin continues – or maybe even gets worse. A major contractor went out of business this month, and is being propped up now by the City, whilst there are accusation of over-billing by Siemens, one of the main contractors on the project, which are being investigated. The likely cost is several billions higher than the original plan, and there is still no firm completion date.

Alleged Fraud in the Australian Education System – Where Were Procurement?

Even if you don’t read the article, do take a look at the picture (from Pixabay) we used to illustrate it. Aaahhhh! Anyway, we reported on an alleged fraud in the Australian higher education sector, where an IT manager got staff to raise orders that he could countersign – orders to buy stuff at very high prices from his firm. Quite a sophisticated fraud, in that the organisation did have reasonable (but not foolproof) procurement processes in place. Just shows how careful we have to be where fraud is concerned. Could someone do this in your organisation, we wonder?

EU Can Learn from Canadian Procurement Ombudsman – Dr Pedro Telles Podcast

The latest in our coverage of the Dr Pedro Telles series of podcasts, this one features Telles interviewing Frank Brunetta, the Procurement Ombudsman for Canada. He explains his role and how it seems to be reducing conflicts between public buyers and suppliers in that country. Why don’t we have a role like this in European countries?

Electronics Watch - European Organisation Monitors Conditions in Electronics Supply Chains

See a nice video featuring Andy Davies of the London Universities Purchasing Organisation! But there’s more to it than that. Electronics Watch is aiming to improve the working conditions of staff in the electronics manufacturing industry around the world – see how, and how your organisation can support and get involved.

Public Holiday Weekend in the UK - Check Out our Vortal-Sponsored Research Paper

Finally, a bit of a reprise for the Bank Holiday weekend – a plug for our research paper which discusses the issues facing public authorities looking to invest in eSourcing and similar technology. Whatever you do, don’t try and build it yourselves... please?

 

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