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. 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.

Dr Gordon Murray - Further Thoughts on Procurement Lotting

Dr Gordon Murray, public and private sector procurement practitioner and adviser, excellent and interesting blogger, lecturer and academic researcher, writes a guest post in response to "The Pros and Cons of Lotting in  Public Procurement -- not always a simple decision," by Peter Smith. He argues "I have advocated the use of 'lots' for many years but that has always been as a tool in achieving the strategic objectives of the organisation, for example, ease of access to SMEs).  If 'lots' are not strategically aligned with the organisation's objectives then, to me, they should not be used."

European Commission Will Integrate Green Public Procurement into New Circular Economy Package

Policymakers say that in a world with finite resources and an increasing population, we should be shifting to a a circular economy where as little is wasted as possible. A new circular economy package being developed by the European Commission will include “targeted action” in public procurement as well as “major” funding for innovation. It will also include new legislation on waste, fertilisers and water reuse, and “strong commitments” on Eco-design. The paper, as yet not finalised and with no specific figures on environmental targets, will likely be launched in December.

UK’s G-Cloud Constraints – Initiative Runs Up Against EU Procurement Regulations

A new controversy has blown up over some of the terms in the latest iteration of the UK's G-Cloud / digital marketplace and the guidance given to buyers. The Cabinet Office guidance says that if the contract value grows by 20% or more from when you first place the contract (presumably in most cases via a mini-competition; or at least, that is what should happen in terms of awarding the business), then you should re-compete the contract. We discuss in light of the European Procurement Directives.

France’s Proposed “Made in EU” Labels Polarise Drug Suppliers

Pharmaceutical companies in France may soon be able to label medicine packaging to show whether the contents were made in the EU or abroad. France is proposing the decree in a bid to boost its pharmaceutical industry, but its health ministry says the move is to give patients more transparency about where their drugs are produced.  It is hoped that manufacturing labels may incentivise public health authorities to procure medication from local bidders. However, not everyone is convinced.

Joaquim Nunes de Almeida from the Commission Speaks at Public Procurement Summit

Joaquim Nunes de Almeida , the Director of Public Procurement, Directorate for internal Markets and Services in the European Commission, was the final speaker at the Public Procurement Summit in London this week. As he is one of the people who has the greatest influence across Europe on public procurement policy, we listened with interest and furiously scribbled notes to bring you the highlights of his speech! You can find them here ...

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