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.

Procurement of Innovation Award - A Close Competition (Part 2)

We are taking a look at the entries shortlisted in the Procurement of Innovation awards -- a tight competition in terms of the standards of innovation. In part 1 we looked at Stockholm County Council (Karolinska University Hospital) and CONSIP S.p.A., Italy. Today we are looking at the remaining two entries: Rijkswaterstaat, Netherlands for innovation in river maintenance, and Galician Public Health Service for innovative solutions for a safer, faster and intelligent patient-centred healthcare system.

Electronics Watch - Public Procurement Gets Involved in Human Rights Issues

Corporate Social Responsibility has become a huge issue for businesses and the procurement profession over the past 20 years or so, as consumers have become much more aware of and interested in how the products they buy are made and the hidden costs of these products. Now a new organisation, Electronics Watch, is looking to address some of the issues in one key industry, with a particular focus on how contracting authorities and buyers in the public sector can contribute to good practice through their considerable buying power . We asked them to tell us a little about what they’re doing -- you can read here what they said.

How We Can Improve Procurement of Innovation, What the EAFIP Project Will Do To Help   

In the tenth episode of Dr Pedro Telles’ Public Procurement Podcast, Dr Ramona Apostol, senior procurement researcher at Covers Procurement Services, expert in procurement of innovation and involved in the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (EAFIP) project, who discusses how we can improve procurement of innovation and why it is important to do so.

Framework Agreement Simplifies Swedish Digital Services Procurement

Sweden has introduced a framework agreement which aims to make it easier for public authorities to offer digital services. The agreement sees Kammarkollegiet, which is the legal, financial and administrative services agency that supports public sector procurement, invest in flexible IT and digitised services. With seven different suppliers involved, the agreement has an estimated value of 400 million Swedish Krona per year and will deliver information management and eGovernment services to the public sector from November of this year until 2019. Flexible implementation of technologies is one of the priorities of the agreement.

Public Sector Institutions Considering Procurement Outsourcing -- Beware the Risks

Because schools are busy and usually under-resourced, like many public sector organisations, its not surprising that more and more are turning to outside agencies for help with buying the products and services they need. But it's important to understand that there is a "trade-off between getting the job done and the potential risks of doing so." Head of Category, Education at ESPO, a professional buying organisation owned by the public sector in the UK, talks about the risks to watch out for.



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