Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector market. In Europe alone, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by governments and public sector bodies. Worth doing well, you might consider.

Part of the PSF site is dedicated to Europe-related issues, and that is where you will find our articles and news stories from this week. It will require a one-off, quick registration to view them. Please join us – follow the links in the summaries below.

Ethics In Government (And Private Sector) Procurement

Over the years, we have seen a lot of procurement ethical policies that were not fit for purpose, in both private firms and government bodies. So we thought it was worth sharing a few of the common problems that we’ve seen with such statements and policies, and suggest ways to improve them. Here are a handful of the most common issues – we don’t pretend this covers every eventuality, we should emphasise!

A Global Study Of Progress In Sustainable Public Procurement 2017

The 'Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement 2017' was published in June by the United Nations Environment Programme. It was conducted in the framework of the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme, and examines the state of sustainable public procurement (SPP) policies and practices undertaken by national governments worldwide in the past five years. Looking at 41 national governments and analysing more than 200 SPP stakeholders on sustainable practices in their organisations, the report tracks the global progress of SPP and explores the collective understanding of the current barriers, needs, opportunities and innovations.

Open Book – Worthwhile Tool Or Waste Of Time?

One of the hot topics in recent years for UK public procurement is whether public sector contracts should habitually make more use of “open book” contractual provisions. That follows some scandals and problems where suppliers were found to be over-charging the government customer, and the subsequent feeling that buyers need to have much better visibility of suppliers’ cost structures and financial situations. We look at the positives and the negatives of open book.

And in the News ...

European Commissioners’ Travel Expenses Probed and Published For First Time

You Can Help To Improve the EU Food Supply Chain

Milan, Italy Launches Procurement of 80 New City Trams

Playbook To Help UK Public Sector Organisations Reform ICT Procurement and Contracting

EC Temporarily Bans Slovakian Government From Drawing on EU Programme Funds

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