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:

European Commission's Innovative Public Procurement Event - Ireland, Denmark and Austria Featured

We've been writing a series of articles from the European Commission Innovative Public Procurement conference in Berlin that we attended. This week we featured two presentations that were actually quite different, but with the common theme of “the potential of innovative procurement”.  One was on 'the five pillars of procurement reform' in Ireland – a more centralised organisational model, introduction of category management, policy & operations, professionalism, and systems & data, and the other “buying jointly across borders," from the CEO of SKI (the national and municipalities purchasing body) in Denmark, and the MD of BBG – Austria’s Federal Procurement Agency.

European Public Procurement Events Calendar – What’s On?

A regular review of forthcoming conferences and events of interest to the pan-European public procurement world - practitioners, academics and others. We cover Procurement Week 2016, with the International Conference on Public Procurement Regulation and Smart Cities Procurement; Scotland’s Annual Pan Public Sector Procurement Festival; the European Academy for Taxes, Economics and Law's Public Procurement - Preventing Irregularities and Fraud, and then Contract Management in Public Procurement; The Public Sector Procurement Summit; and Moving Forward with E-Procurement from the World Bank and EBRD. 

Public Procurement Podcasts

Willem Janssen of Utrecht University talks to Dr Pedro Telles about in-house contracts and public cooperation issues under Directive 2014/24/EU. Willem is Lecturer and PhD Researcher at the Public Procurement Research Centre of Utrecht University and Twente University. His PhD researches "the influence of EU public procurement law on the performance of services by cooperating public authorities and the issues of regulating and enforcing the make-or-buy decision of public authorities." We give an outline of the discussion, pointing to the full transcript of the discussion should you wish to read it in its entirety.

Defence Procurement - Why Don't Nations Collaborate?

With reference to a recent article on, we talk about the issues around countries sharing military procurement, which raises some interesting procurement issues that go beyond defence procurement. Because military hardware can be extraordinarily expensive, with major equipment programmes running into billions of euros, it is difficult for most countries, especially smaller ones, to buy anything at the leading edge of technology. This is why Latvia and Lithuania, Baltic neighbours, are going to give co-operation a try ...

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