Public Spend Matters Europe – Highlights from this Week


We're back this week after a short break with our Friday run down of  what we have published for you on our site dedicated to exciting and fascinating matters connected with European public sector procurement. And before you even think about switching off ... 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.

Anyway, here are summaries of our features this week – do click though and read the full articles.

Compliance and ethics programmes - key to tackling public procurement corruption

The ninth instalment of Dr Pedro Telles’ Public Procurement Podcasts focuses on how we can minimise corruption in public procurement. Dr Franco Peirone, Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Piemonte Orientale’s Department of Business and Enterprise, has studied corruption in public procurement and remains an active researcher in the area. He also explains why Italy has failed to implement the US-style compliance programme model, and speaks in further depth about the challenges facing EU-level awarding authorities.

New Laws Encourage Hungarian Suppliers To Prioritise Competition Compliance

Hungary has introduced strict new legislation which will automatically disqualify companies from public procurement tenders as a result of competition infringement. This marks a change from previous legislation where only serious crimes such as bid-rigging could result in exclusion. The new Hungarian Public Procurement Act (PPA) came into force on November 1, meaning many companies will have to reassess their competition compliance strategies to satisfy the new rules.

The Pros and Cons of Lotting in Public Procurement  - Not Always a Simple Decision!

For any requirement, a fundamental question remains – should we Lot or not? What are the pros and cons of doing so, and what factors should be considered by contracting authorities and procurement professionals? The starting point must be whether lotting is practical. Assuming it is, we give the positives and the negatives, and the post also contains some interesting points from one of our regular readers - feel free to add to the discussion.

Switzerland to host first public procurement and human rights workshop next month

An international workshop on public procurement in the context of human rights will take place in Switzerland later this month. The workshop, ‘The Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights’, will be launched at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on November 19. The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) are co-hosting the event, along with several academic institutions. The Learning Lab aims to facilitate the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in relation to public procurement. There are details for anyone wishing to attend.


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