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

This is a summary of our stories from around Europe on Public Spend Matters Europe this week. There’s a new article every day and many are attracting comments from experts. Each Friday, we are featuring a brief summaryof 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.

Porto e-Public Procurement Conference – Transposition of Directives (part 3)

At the recent Porto e-public procurement conference, we had a very useful and intense session where different speakers representing different countries presented an update of how their country is proceeding in terms of transposing the EU procurement directives into national legislation. In parts 1 and 2 we have featured Germany, Portugal , Italy, Finland, France and the UK. Today, two more countries, Netherlands and Hungay, and a round-up.

Smart Cities: Could They Be the Quintessential Public Good?

Massimiliano Claps, research director for IDC Health Insights and IDC Government Insights in EMEA, gives expert insight on the concept of public goods in the context of Smart Cities, and how sourcing those solutions efficiently and effectively is a real challenge. He talks about how Smart Cities have arisen from the intersection of cloud, mobile, social, and big data as well as the Internet of Things technologies, and how smart city projects suffer from the typical long procurement and deployment cycles of the public sector. He gives three points that executives responsible for sourcing Smart City solutions should consider.

Smart Public Procurement – EC Conference in Prague Is a Success

Last Friday saw the European Commission hosting the fourth annual conference on Public Procurement titled “Smart Public Procurement: new frontiers for public procurement” at the Hotal Grandior in Prague. Pierre Delsaux , Deputy Director-General, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission, kicked off the sessions, saying that as public sector spend with suppliers accounted for 20% of Europe’s GDP, there is a huge opportunity to use public procurement to help European economies. The new directives aim to do that with five key objectives. We report …

“Railsponsible” Promotes Eco-Friendly Practices in Railway Procurement and Supply Chains

Railsponsible is a new programme aimed at encouraging sustainable procurement and establishing common ground for eco-friendly business procedures across Europe’s rail industry. The programme was launched in March by six of the largest rail operators and manufacturers in Europe, banding together to promote sustainability across the industry and supply chain. It pledges to promote good ethical, social, environmental and business practices. Railsponsible demonstrates commitment to an eco-friendly company culture, but companies can also benefit from a ‘common benchmark of innovation and enterprise’ maintained by fellow businesses.

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