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.

EU Procurement Rules Violations in Malta, Northern Ireland and Hungary   

Over the past month we have seen a number of public authorities breaching EU Procurement Rules, particularly when it comes to directly awarding contracts without a public procurement tender. The European Court of Auditors confirmed that Malta had breached EU funding procedures for a project due to “a serious failure to comply with public procurement rules.” In a similar case in Northern Ireland, an audit report found that a County Derry council had broken the rules after a high-profile project was awarded without going to public tender. And the EC has sent Hungary a formal notice stating that Hungarian authorities had failed to comply with EU procurement rules .. more in the article.

Public Procurement - How Can We Give Local Steel Producers a Better Chance?

The head of the World Steel Association, has predicted that Europe’s capacity needs to fall by a half in the next 15 years to be sustainable. So we were interested to see a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) issued earlier this month by the UK Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Services, aimed at buyers in the public sector. Whilst this is a UK document, the advice is sound for buyers in contracting authorities across the EU. It explains how buyers can take account of the positives of “local” production when buying steel and yet stay within EU regulations.

Negotiation for the Public Sector (Part 2) - Focusing on Non-Procurement Staff

This series focuses on the need for negotiation skills amongst many people and areas in public sector organisations. Negotiation is often critically important during the delivery phase of contracts, where it may not be the procurement professionals who lead - or are even involved at all - in those supplier negotiations.  It is therefore important to communicate and educate the “trainees” (as we will call them) about some basic principles of EU procurement. We give the regulatory and good practice negotiation methods to include in that training.

New World Bank Public Procurement Report Assesses Complaints Mechanisms, Transparency and eProcurement

World Bank Group has released its new Benchmarking Public Procurement 2016 report, assessing the public procurement systems in 77 countries worldwide. More specifically, the report delves into the procurement lifecycle of different systems, such as the preparing, submitting and evaluating of bids as well as the awarding and executing contracts. It also assesses the availability of various complaint and reporting mechanisms. The report compares data on regulatory environments that affect public procurement and aims to encourage evidence-based decision making and build evidence in areas where little empirical data exists. It makes a few key findings ...


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