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

A summary of our stories from around Europe on Public Spend Matters 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.

Evidence-Based Public Procurement on the Agenda at Wales Procurement Week

Lawyer, Abby Semple, asked whether we could or should have more evidence-based procurement policy, arguing that Governments should be more risk-averse. In some cases, the evidence base for the decisions seems to be little more than talking to a few friends who supply government, probably over a drink at the golf club! The alternative is to base policy decisions, including those in the procurement realm, on hard evidence, including the output from trials, experiments and similar scientific methods as opposed to "ideology, ignorance or inertia.”

EU Blocks €12 Billion Hungary-Russia Nuclear Deal Over Illegal Tender

“It is not true. Wait! Yes it is true” Some confusion in the press over the reality of this situation. Eurotom, the EU’s nuclear watchdog, backed by the EC, refused to pass the 12 billion euro Hungary-Russia deal because it failed to comply with EU rules. What is for sure, is that when doing business with Europe, deals will most certainly always be watched by very scrutinous pairs of EC eyes.

Fresh Public Contracts Corruption Scandal Hits Italy

Italian police are investigating claims of corruption involving several large public projects and Milan’s Expo 2015 World Fair. The contracts in question are worth a total of €25 billion, including sections of Italy’s multi-billion euro high-speed TAV rail line. A news conference heard that the system set up by the suspects inflated the price of public projects by up to 40 percent. These recent allegations have been unearthed just as a long-delayed bill to combat corruption faces opposition in the Senate.

Procurement Innovation Features Strongly at the Wales Procurement Week

One of the major topics for discussion at the Wales Procurement Week (last week) was “Procurement Innovation.” What is relatively new in this debate is the state taking such an interest in driving innovation through the mechanisms of public procurement. But using public procurement as a policy tool, just like other policies such as supporting SMEs, anti-corruption, or supporting minorities, raises difficult questions around evaluation criteria, and just how we might assess and evaluate innovation procurement proposals.


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