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:

The Single Source Regulations Office - Looking at Non-Competitive Military Procurement

The single source regulations office was set up in 2014 to address UK military procurement situations where there is only one supplier. It has recently issued a half-year “interim compliance statement" which makes for some interesting reading. About £8.3 billion was spent by the MOD on such contracts in 2014/15, which by their nature are non-competitive. Single source procurement in defence represented 53 percent of the value of new MOD contracts placed in 2014/15. So the scale of this is considerable and we suspect this is similar for defence procurement in most major countries. That makes the overall thrust of the SSRO report somewhat worrying -- we discuss.

PAPIRUS Conference - Innovation in Public Sector Construction Projects

The PAPIRUS project is focused on the area of sustainable construction, which is one of the largest spend areas in every country and has big opportunities for both innovation and sustainability, As the public sector is responsible for a significant proportion of construction activity, you may be interested to know that the PAPIRUS final conference is due -- "Public Administration Procurement Innovation to Reach Ultimate Sustainability" will take place the 29th September 2016 in Bilbao, Spain. The event will discuss the PAPIRUS project's results and achievements and also address objectives, challenges and other issues, such as contract drafting, within the field of Procurement of Innovation.

Rewarding Sustainable and Innovative Procurement - Procura+

Procura+ is a network of more than 40 European public authorities and regions that
connect, exchange and act on sustainable and innovation procurement, and any public or semi-public authority can join. Its annual awards were set up to showcase sustainable and innovation procurement activities and tender procedures - that are already running - and give visibility to "the most dynamic, forward-looking and innovative public authorities and their initiatives." There is still time to enter - the closing date for entries is September 9th, then The Procura+ Network will announce a list of nomminees, after that and by the end of September, a short list of finalists is announced and then the selected winners are announced 14th October 2016 at CompraVerde, Rome. We will be keeping you up to date with developments.

Slowdown in Italian Public Construction Procurement - Temporary, We Hope!

Law firm Latham & Watkins LLP in Italy write about an apparent slowdown in new tenders for public works (construction) in Italy following the introduction in April of the new public procurement legislation – relating to implementation of the 2014 EU directives. The article says that “According to data made available by the Italian National Association of Building Contractors, the regulatory change has already resulted in the retreat of the public works market.” We ask why that should be? Delaying a major part of government expenditure by even a few months could have a very negative effect on struggling suppliers in that sector.

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