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:

Public Procurement Podcasts – Interview with Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui on Procurement Centralisation

In another of Dr Pedro Telles' interviews in the Public Procurement Podcasts (PPP) series, he talks with Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui, Ph.D candidate at University of Bergen and member of the Bergen Centre for Competition Law and Economics. His research interests are related to the interaction of public procurement and competition law, in particular buyer power in centralised purchasing. Here are the pros and cons under discussion.

Trump, Government Procurement and the Danger of Trade Wars

Amongst the rhetoric and confidence, his message of “America first” seems to suggest the beginning of a protectionist age, with an end to the assumption that free trade increases the wealth of all participants. All he is concerned about is America, and he seems to have no belief in the argument that free trade benefits all participants. Protection from external competition allows domestic firms to operate inefficiently, or to make excess profit, or both, and pushes up prices to domestic consumers, is one argument.

Rolls-Royce, Not the Other Rolls-Royce, Agrees to Corrupt Practice Penalty

Rolls-Royce Plc, manufacturer of engines for the defence and aerospace sectors, has entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the US Department of Justice (DoJ), and a leniency agreement with the Brazilian Federal Prosecution Service (MPF). These are voluntary agreements, with varying time periods applied, that involve a penalty being paid for previous corrupt procurement practices: a significant financial penalty of $800 million. However, terms could change if the firm violates any part of the agreements.

Innovation and Public Procurement - Competition Must Still Be The Norm

Jo Johnson, the UK minister for universities, science, research and innovation, told the Science and Technology Committee that the UK government is becoming increasingly innovative in the way it uses procurement and contracting models and that it can lead the way for others to innovate too. Here's an interesting transcript of part of a conversation from a UK parliamentary committee discussion ...

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