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:

Trade-Offs in Public Procurement – Corruption versus Commerciality

We are running a series of articles looking at the trade-offs in public procurement. Politicians and others like to think that we can do everything at once, but we can’t. For each of the trade-offs, we are looking in more detail at the nature of the potential conflict, then we suggest some steps that public procurement professionals can take to minimise the potential for real issues and problems. The nature of these trade-offs means that there are no magic solutions, but there are ways to reduce the risks.

And this week’s example is a big one! We want our public procurement folk to be more commercial, don’t we? To negotiate, to be creative with suppliers, to challenge and use commercial judgement. Or do we? Because whilst that sort of approach can bring benefits, it also makes it much easier to disguise corruption. So what can we do to manage those trade-offs. Good question…


Legal Certainty in French Procurement & Concession Contracts Post-Reform: Taking Into Account The Lenders’ Perspective

Our guest post from Simmons & Simons legal expert Julien Moiroux looks at some of the issues around contracting following the transposition of the EU procurement directives into French national legislation. In particular, he looks at how the new regulations impact on major capital investment type procurement where lenders to the project have an interest.


Annual Public Procurement Report from the Commission

Which countries are doing the right things in terms of public procurement, and which are the laggards? Is the UK better than Estonia? Italy or Spain, who wins the Mediterranean crown? Would you rather be a supplier in Belgium or Austria? The new report from the Commission scores each country against six key factors, such as how many non-competed contracts are let, and use of aggregation. As well as the competitive angle, it is just generally interesting – and this public procurement element also forms part of a wider “single market scorecard” for the EU, which is fascinating as well for anyone interested in politics and economics.


What To Do When ... you want to attract more SMEs into the bidding process

We’ve also started a new series for the summer titled “what to do when ….” It pulls together some of our previous advice and guidance on a range of interesting topics for public sector buyers – actually, much of the advice should be useful to private sector folk too. In this week’s article, we look at “what to do when you want to attract more SMEs into the bidding process”.  As well some snappy tips, (don’t define your specifications too tightly, for instance), we provide links to other articles we’ve published around the topic.

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