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

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

Frank Brunetta, Procurement Ombudsman for Canada – Should ALL EU Countries Have a Frank?


So what's the role of a procurement ombudsman? Frank Brunetta, Procurement Ombudsman of Canada, gives us the answer, and it's not all about corruption in public procurement. Although, during his very enlightening speech at Procurement Week Wales, he raised a very interesting question: Why is it that countries with similar regulatory environments can have very different levels of corruption?



The European Union announced two separate plans this month, which will benefit small and medium-size enterprises in both Serbia and Bulgaria. The European Investment Bank signed two loans worth a total of €80 million with Société Generale Bank Serbia (SGRS) and Sogelease Serbia (SLRS) in an effort to assist SMEs, midcap companies and infrastructure schemes promoted by local authorities. The loans will help Serbia in its efforts to integrate into the EU.


Procurement Innovation at the Wales Procurement Week – Heavy Metal Plays a Key Role!


In Wales the small business research initiative has been encouraging contracting authorities to use innovation procurement in many ways. But debate around innovation can all sound a little theoretical, so it was good to hear a practical case study at Wales Procurement Week, from Robert Vaughan of Natural Resources Wales. How to keep keep livestock out of rivers, lakes and reservoirs was the example. Suffice to say it involves sheep, fences and some heavy rock music!


Thirty European Cities Commit to Eco-Friendly Procurement


Leaders of 30 European cities met last week to commit to a clean-climate policy that will involve procuring environmentally friendly products and services. European officials signed a declaration agreeing to use their collective purchasing power of around €10 billion annually to buy eco-friendly. A joint statement from the European leaders said: “time has now come for European capitals and metropolises to pool our efforts to tackle climate change. This requires a closer dialogue between cities through a more regular exchange of expertise and good practices.”



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