Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

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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.

Europe Sees Significant Rise In E-Invoicing Market

The European E-invoicing Service Providers Association has just revealed its findings of a member survey that shows growth of 29% in processed e-invoices for 2016 over 2015, with more than 1.6 billion electronic invoices delivered. The trend in e-invoicing use is an upward one, in fact numbers have risen quite rapidly. We can see that for B2B and B2G e-invoices delivered directly to customers, numbers rose from 495,670,263 in 2014 to 837,051,732 in 2016 – an increase of 34.5%. And that for indirect e-invoices, those delivered to other service providers destined for their customers, the numbers are 125,623,446 for 2014 up to 197,543,933 in 2016 -- an increase of 36.5%.

Should Public Sector Be Contracting For Outcomes

There has been much talk in recent years about the need for public sector procurement of services (in particular) to focus more on outcomes rather than specifying in detail the activities that the supplier will carry out. We look at the cases where it is conceptually easy to see how and why it is outcomes that are important. However, there are still many case studies where the buyers (commissioners) have struggled to move to an outcome based approach. Even where there has been some payment based on outcomes in UK programmes, often the supplier still has to carry out specified tasks and is largely paid or monitored based on those.

European Commission Sets Out New Initiative to Improve Public Procurement - Initial Thoughts 

We mentioned in our newswire that the European Commission is looking to make improvements to the efficiency of public procurement. The initiative has four main strands: however, it is not clear in all those cases exactly what the Commission proposes to do in order to drive this initiative.  In terms of the second and fourth, there ae some clearly defined actions, while the other two are less clear.  We take an initial look.

And in other news:

New e-Book to Determine the Maturity of Your Procurement Process

Bulgaria Will Cancel Road Repair Contracts That Don’t Perform

Football Association Gets £9 million UK Public Funds

Taxpayers To Lose Out in Invest Northern Ireland Scheme



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