Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from Last Week

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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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Always Check Intellectual Property Issues in Professional Services Contracts

A lesson for all public sector organisations (and indeed private sector too) concerning the procurement of professional services. It comes from Derby City Council in the English Midlands – unfortunately it is a lesson in how not to operate rather than a best practice. The issues relate to a contract for services connected to job evaluation work done for the Council. This was driven initially by the need to respond to equal pay claims from woman in many councils where historic unfairness and bias was identified. Contracts which are not the largest in terms of financial spend, it would seem, can still be highly strategic, and have major risk implications if they go wrong.

Law Firm Dentons Update on Implementation of EU Directives

Law firm Dentons has published a guide to the legal systems and implementation of the 2014 public procurement directives, across 10 European countries. The questions it answers suggests that the central target audience for the document is suppliers and potential suppliers to the public sector, who will be interested in aspects such as the "where to look for tenders" question. But it is also a generally fascinating and useful read for procurement practitioners and policy makers.

Procurement Fraud -- In the News Again

Procurement fraud was declared a top priority by David Cameron at the recent anti-corruption summit in May. But, as Public Finance noted "this was overshadowed by the publication of a damning report just two weeks later warning that the scale of fraud across the UK had been woefully underestimated." Professor Mark Button, director of University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Counter Fraud Studies, says "no one really knows the true extent of the problem in the UK – the fact remains that procurement fraud, one of the biggest suspected areas of loss for both central and local government departments, remains a notoriously hard nut to crack." UK heads of councils need all the help they can get ...

Procurement Events - Our Calendar of Forthcoming Highlights

This is our regular review of forthcoming conferences and events of interest to the pan-European public procurement world - practitioners, academics and others. We update it every month. There's a glittering array of events for you to attend around Europe, listed here, but in the short term, don't forget the soon-to-arrive Public Sector Show, Excel London, on 28th June 2016.

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