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:

NDA Procurement Dispute - Maintaining the Evaluation Audit Trail

Our latest thoughts on the legal dispute between a disappointed supplier – Energy Solutions – and the UK’s Nuclear De-Commissioning Authority (NDA). Energy Solutions were the incumbent supplier but lost a tender back in 2014 and challenged the decision, principally on the grounds of an unfair evaluation process. There are many interesting aspects to this story, and it is likely to be used as case law in many challenges for years to come. In this post we look at one aspect of the “unfairness” claim.

Public Procurement Promoting Innovation in Austria

Procurement of innovation in Austria has been widely supported by the Government, and those efforts look now to be paying off. Preliminary results of two recent surveys by the ERAC (European Research Area and Innovation Committee) and the OECD confirm that Austria has made “considerable progress” in public procurement promoting innovation (PPPI). The surveys were carried out to look into strategic innovation procurement and seek out best practices occurring throughout Europe, and a full report is due to be published later this year.

Public Contracts Regulations Commentary - Excellent Work From Telles and Sánchez-Graells

Dr Pedro Telles (also of the Public Procurement Podcast fame), now at Swansea University and Dr Albert Sánchez-Graells, now at Bristol University, have been publishing comments on every one of the new UK Public Contracts Regulations 2015, based on the 2014 EU Directives. Both have sites with their comments that are well worth checking out, but they have now pulled their commentaries together and created a single website as a home for their work, Public Contracts Regulations Commentary. Here are our impressions.

Transparency International on the Success of the Anti-Corruption Summit

In May, London hosted the Anti-Corruption Summit. 43 countries representing global regions came to the UK Summit. They signed a global declaration against corruption and made 600 country-specific summit commitments. In a recently made available report, Transparency International asks: Was it worth it? Here is a synopsis of its findings with links to its database of commitments by country, region and theme, and to the full report. We suggest it is very well worth a read, some of the findings are very interesting, if not surprising.

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