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, and, on this occasion, from the holiday period. It will require a one-off, quick registration to view them. Please join us – follow the links in the summaries below.

NDA Magnox Contract Inquiry – Interim Report Highlights

The UK government slipped out, in October, and without any fanfare, its awaited Department for Business & Energy report of the inquiry into what went wrong with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Magnox contract fiasco, which cost the taxpayer over £100 million. We were wondering what had happened to the report, and just discovered it had been 'published' very quietly. It is just an “interim” report and carefully lays out a whole range of areas that are still to be covered in the final report. Many of his recommendations are sensible if somewhat obvious; here's what we found.

PEPPOL allows European businesses to deal electronically with any European public sector buyer, thereby increasing opportunities for greater competition for government contracts and providing better value for tax payers’ money. Phil Douglas, Managing Director at invoice management specialists Compleat Software, gives us his views on the gains of signing up to OpenPEPPOL, the association responsible for coordinating the PEPPOL e-Delivery network for e-Procurement and e-Invoicing. He believes it won’t be long before PEPPOL is adopted as an EU regulation and a government-imposed process.


And in other news ...

London Garden Bridge Failed Project – In The News Again
And read this on Spend Matters UK

A Classic Tale Of Terrible Public Procurement (tagging programme)

Challenge By Austrian Contractor Over Croatia Bridge Unusually Cheap Bid

First Register Of Its Kind On Overseas Beneficial Owners of Property and Bidders For Public Procurement




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