This Week’s Summary of Articles from Public Spend Matters Europe

It’s Friday, so it's time for a roundup of the articles published on Public Spend Matters Europe this week. The site, launched on September 1st, is building momentum and receiving good reception from the public procurement community around Europe and the comments fields are starting to get filled. There’s a new article every day so the volume of diverse and interesting reads is really starting to mount up. Each Friday, we are featuring a brief summary of the main articles published that week on PSME. If you see something of interest, please click through and take a look at the whole thing – there’s lots to catch up on around Europe.

We are pleased to announce that our first Public Spend Matters Europe research paper is published, sponsored by Vortal, leading European public sector eProcurement software firm. The paper looks at the implications of the European Commission directives that will require all public bodies across the EU to use eProcurement for their contracting work. Many contracting authorities already have the capability to achieve this, but many do not. Those organisations face some challenging decisions, which we discuss in the paper, which is free to download.
 
Should professional leaders in the public sector be thinking about implementing SRM? Taking some of the best practice in private firms and applying that to government suppliers? There are some barriers but a lot of benefits too! When we look at why firms apply SRM principles and develop programmes, there are a number of key drivers. We discuss them in the context of the public sector.

Corruption in Rome linked to Public Procurement

Corruption in Rome, connected to public procurement and the award of contracts for a range of services, hit the headlines last week. The shocking news involved the police making a major round of arrests on charges of corruption, with a major connection to corruption around public procurement. We look at this and other widespread scandals around procurement in the Italian administration.

Ambitious €315 billion investment plan hopes to boost European growth

The European Commission revealed a €315 billion investment plan last month, which aims to boost jobs and growth. It hopes to encourage private sector investors to help finance infrastructure and technology projects in Europe. The plan includes specific ways of providing financing for SMEs and will also aim to reinvigorate Southern Europe in particular. To encourage private investments, the plan will aim to remove regulatory and non-regulatory barriers in infrastructure sectors. It has been referred to as "a voyage of hope and expectation."

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