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

A summary of our stories from around Europe on Public Spend Matter Europe this week. 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.

Steps Public Bodies Should Take When Procuring Cloud Services

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Services has released a guide for public authorities planning to procure cloud services. It outlines four phases, nine security activities and 14 steps that public bodies should employ and can be used as  support document throughout the pre-procurement process and whole lifecycle of cloud adoption.


Procurement Corruption Allegations in Slovakia Rejected Without Explanation

We reported on the “interesting” case of a firm in Slovakia that seemed to have an amazing success rate in bidding for EU tenders. The firm won commissions for 50 out of the 50 competitions that it entered. Not surprisingly, given this amazing success rate, questions were raised. The investigation does not appear to have been too transparent - but at the very least, even if no corruption is involved, there is a problem of competition if one firm can win every tender it enters.


Poland – Risk Averse Procurement, Yet Many Supplier Challenges Too!

This article looks at the differences between public procurement in different countries, particularly looking at the UK and Poland. The main difference seems to be that in Poland, contracting authorities are more risk averse and cautious than in Western European countries. The worst of both worlds for government buyers?


New EU Procurement Directives: Are We Ready for More Negotiation

One of the notable aspects of the new EU Directives is a greater focus on negotiation, giving buyers the opportunity to use it to deliver value for money. There are more and broader justifications for its use and these justifications apply equally to competitive dialogue and the new competitive procedure with negotiation. We give the allowable reasons for using these procedures.

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