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

Public Spend Matters Europe is continuing to receive a good reception from the public procurement community around Europe. There’s a new article every day so the volume of diverse and interesting reads is really starting to mount up and many are attracting comments from experts. 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.

European Suppliers Most ‘Resilient’ to Climate Change

A recent survey of 3,400 international suppliers conducted by CDP and Accenture found that firms from Europe’s largest economies are most resilient to the risks of climate change. The aim of the report was to better understand and manage the environmental impact of companies’ supply chains. France was found to have the most sustainable suppliers, followed by UK, Spain and Germany. You can read more here.

Irish Court Explains Why Contract Suspension Must Stand, Ignores UK Case Law 

The long-awaited judgement of the Irish Supreme Court in the case of OCS One Complete Solution Ltd v The Dublin Airport Authority plc has been finally delivered. The court has decided to disregard the UK case law around automatic suspension. This ruling will give suppliers hope and probably increase the attractiveness of challenging for disappointed and aggrieved bidding firms.

Turkey Boosts Procurement Fund with Conscription Exemption Fee

Turkish autorities have launched a scheme allowing Turkish men to pay a fee to avoid conscription, applications have been higher than expected and raised €1.5 billion to fund procurement programmes. But we ask, is it ethical? What about social equality? Who's left to fill the ranks? Is it just a good way to inject cash into the economy (pre-election) that other countries might follow?

Using Managing Agents to Handle a Spend Category - Proceed With Care

We looked at the positives and negatives of collaborative buying in the public sector. Here we focus on one of the negatives, and the possible effect on the market -- a major contract can be so dominant, that it becomes imperative for a particular supplier to be successful, or their business will be badly affected.

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