Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to the exciting and fascinating matters connected with European public sector procurement and further afield, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market. Before you think about switching off, it's worth remembering that around Europe, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by government and public sector bodies of some sort. Worth doing well, you might consider. So here is a roundup of what we were discussing last week.

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New Study from the Volcker Alliance Sounds Alarm for Public Procurement to Narrow Competency Gaps

The 'Doing the People's Business: Key Competencies for Effective Public Procurement' report explores the state of the public procurement workforce by engaging with 43 leaders in the US procurement community, including practitioners at all levels of government, public affairs scholars, private and public sector procurement thought leaders, suppliers of products and services to government, and public sector leaders who interact with the procurement workforce. Using qualitative and quantitative components, the study leverages these leaders' expertise to deliver both a competency model that breaks down the procurement role into 12 key competencies required of an effective public procurement workforce and an evaluation of the procurement workforce's current proficiency in each competency.

TTIP Trade Deal Could be Derailed By Brexit - Or President Trump!

Those in favour of TTIP point out that free trade has always had a positive effect on the global economy, and TTIP is just the latest in a long line of initiatives with that goal. Those who are against see it as a gain purely for big businesses, who with TTIP in place will be able to override the will of national governments, consumers and citizens. There are also more specific objections in certain areas. While it was already looking doubtful that the deal could be completed before President Obama leaves office in January 2017, Reuters now writes that the UK exit from the EU might derail the TTIP project completely ...

Public Procurement Trade-Offs Should Be Acknowledged and Addressed, Not Ignored

No issue, decision or deal is clearcut. That means when we address one problem, often another pops up, because trade-offs are inherent in many decisions. So we believe it would be better to acknowledge them to begin with, then we would be better placed to address them and perhaps minimise any risks or potential negatives arising from them. Here we look at the regular and common trade-offs we see in public procurement, which are not always recognised but are always present.

European Commission Conference - Innovative Public Procurement in Berlin

The European Commission Directorate for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs holds responsibility for public sector procurement.  Every year, the team holds a flagship conference during which participants discuss cutting-edge topics in the European Single Market, public procurement and related fields. This year, the conference is in Berlin, organised in cooperation with the German public authorities. It will be devoted to the hot topic of "innovative public procurement" and it will take place on 26 October -- more details in the article.

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