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

Here is a summary of our stories from around Europe on the Public Spend Matters Europe website this week. There’s a new article every day and each Friday, we feature this to give you a taste of what we're covering on that site. If you see something of interest, please click through and take a look at the whole thing.

Dr Pedro Telles and the Public Procurement Podcasts – Dr Amy Ludlow on Prison Services

Dr Pedro Telles is interviewing academics and others with an interesting perspective on procurement for a series of podcasts. Here we feature his discussion with Dr Amy Ludlow of Cambridge University, who is an expert on human rights issues and how they are impacted by public procurement. Some fascinating material around prison privatisation, for instance.

Denmark Takes Lead in Smart Traffic Control with Procurement Innovation

We're always looking for examples of public procurement relating to innovative products, services or even outcomes (perhaps the most interesting approach of all). In this example, we look at how Copenhagen is using innovative technology to improve traffic flow and management in the city. "For example, cyclists can make better route decisions simply by consulting their smartphones, which relay information to sensors in the city’s streets, allowing traffic lights to adapt to the number of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists using the roads. Smartphones and traffic signals also communicate directly with city buses, giving them longer green lights when necessary to speed up the journey when congestion puts them behind schedule".

Milton Keynes Procurement Challenge (part 2) – Lessons for Contracting Authorities

In part 2 of our look at the recent court case relating to Milton Keynes Council's asbestos removal contract, we look at what contracting authorities and procurement professionals need to take away from the judgement. Do read this - the approach the judge took may well have major implications for how we need to conduct and document tender evaluations in the public sector, as well as raising issues around conflicts of interest, scoring methodologies and other points.

Joined-Up Public Procurement – Why Isn’t There More of It?

Finally, Nancy Clinton asked that very pertinent question. Why indeed?

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