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.

NAO On Commercial & Contract Management – “Understand Suppliers’ Motivation”

The UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document titled “Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice”.  We have been looking in detail at each 'insight' and today we look at number 16  – “Understand suppliers’ motivation”.  This is more subtle than it might first seem. The point NAO is making is that profit is not the only driver for suppliers. In particular, reputation is also very important and can affect both their ability to win further work in government and even affect their share price if things go wrong.

EC To Improve Public Procurement – Thoughts On The Second Initiative

The European Commission is looking into making improvements to the efficiency of public procurement. Its initiative has four main strands: Definition of priority areas for improvement; Voluntary ex-ante assessment of large infrastructure projects; Recommendation on professionalisation of public buyers; Consultation on stimulating innovation through public procurement. Today, we are looking in more detail at the second of those initiatives – the assessment of large infrastructure projects. This proposed service from the Commission has three elements, which we discuss in this post.

Serious Questions About NDA’s Understanding Of Procurement Regulations

The UK National Audit Office has issued a report around the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s handling of a decommissioning contract. The NDA ran a competitive procurement exercise for decommissioning services at 12 (10 Magnox) nuclear sites, resulting in the award of a 14-year contract for up to £6.2 billion. The ‘Magnox contract’ is among the largest by value put out to tender by HM Government. The NAO now anticipates a cost to the taxpayer upwards of £122 million.

And in other news:

Ukraine's Defence Ministry Sees Two People Detained Over Procurement Of Fuel Deal

UK's The Food Marketplace Helps Producers Supply To Public Sector

EC Call For Innovation Procurement Broker


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