Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market. 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 this week. If you find anything interesting, please click through to the full article:

Ethical Employment in Supply Chains - Wales Takes the Lead
Perhaps the hottest topic of the Procurex Wales Live event was the government’s new Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains. The Welsh government is committed to addressing unethical and illegal employment practices in public sector supply chains, ranging from modern slavery to blacklisting, discrimination against union members and other dubious practices. So, the code will play an important role going forward, but its success will depend on everybody playing their part.

CETA Deal Between Canada and EU – Derailed By The Walloons
The difficulty of achieving consensus across now 28 member states is just one of the issues that holds back the EU. That was illustrated perfectly by recent events with regard to the negotiations with Canada over a new trade deal. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada has entered the ratification process, but has faced considerable protest and was blocked by the belgian Wallonia region. SInce we published this, agrement has appremntly been reached ... watch this space!

Book Review - The Law and Economics of Framework Agreements
Most readers will know what frameworks are in a public sector sense, but few of us would have imagined that there was enough material about the topic to fill a book of some 330 pages. But 'The Law and Economics of Framework Agreements – Designing Flexible Solutions for Public Procurement.' does just that. Based on our initial view, it looks like the authors have managed to keep it relevant and interesting for anyone (practitioner, academic, lawyer, supplier or policy maker) who is interested in how public procurement currently works, could work and should work. Read more of our review here.

Risk Aversion in Public Sector Procurement - Part 3
We wrote recently about the issue of risk and in particular the risk-averse attitude that many public sector procurement staff still appear to hold. In this post, we look at how these attitudes might be addressed. We came up with four areas that might be tackled if we really want public procurement to become less risk-averse, more commercial and innovative in how professionals go about their jobs. The four areas are regulations, incentives, culture and training/knowledge. We start our discussions here ...

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