Public Spend Matters Europe – Highlights from this Week

Here is 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 - Public Spend Matters Europe.  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.

Police Forces May Be Pushed Legally Into Collaboration - But Mergers Might Be More Effective

The UK Spending Review was good news for the police sector in terms of non-cutting of budget, however, where things got less positive (in our opinion anyway) was the idea of making procurement collaboration a legal requirement in some sense. The government will “introduce a new statutory duty for the emergency services to collaborate by early 2017, subject to parliamentary approval, on areas such as procurement, new stations and vehicle maintenance.” How will this work? Another sub-optimal procurement structure as in many parts of the European public sector!

What Makes Public Service Markets Work Well? A View from the Institute for Government (part 1)

An organisation that has done a lot of thinking and research around the topic of what is the ultimate aim of public sector procurement  is the UK's Institute of Government (IfG). We look at its report "Making public service markets work - Professionalising government’s approach to commissioning and market stewardship," particularly relevant in terms of the question: what is necessary in order for public markets to work well for users, taxpayers and citizens?

Danwatch and "Servants of Servers" - Human Rights Abuse in Chinese Factory Exposed

One of the interesting and shocking presentations at last week's symposium on responsible IT procurement in public procurement, concerned the use of students in Chinese factories. Danwatch, an independent Danish media and research organisation, produced a report titled “Servants of servers” which looked at “rights violations in the supply chain of ICT equipment in European universities.” Not just universities, but all public procurers have a particular responsibility to protect human rights when doing business with suppliers.

EC Releases Q&A Datasheet on Circular Economy Package

The EC has now published a fairly comprehensive factsheet which basically has the answers to some frequently asked questions concerning the circular economy package. It answers questions such as what the circular economy means; what is in the Commission's Circular Economy Package; how will the transition to a circular economy reduce costs and create jobs; how will the Commission ensure responsible sourcing of primary raw materials; what are they doing to promote reparability of products and to fight planned obsolescence, among many others.



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