Public Spend Matters Europe – Highlights from This Week

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Here's our Friday rundown of  highlights from our site dedicated to exciting and fascinating matters connected with European public sector procurement - Public Spend Matters Europe.  As usual, before you think about switching off, it's worth remembering that 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.

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Private Firms Find a Way of Offering Frameworks To Contracting Authorities - Via Ilkley Grammar School!

Over the years, the EU has clamped down on the practice whereby a contracting authority (CA) put in place a framework that other public bodies would be allowed to use. The EU said that the CA letting the contract must stipulate to some reasonable level of detail which other bodies could use the contract, rather than just saying "any other public organisation" for instance. But the system is still open to abuse. A tender issued by a Grammar school in the UK, mentions pretty much every other public contracting authority in the country. So what is behind all this?

Negotiation For The Public Sector - Know Your BATNA

Negotiation is often critically important during the delivery or contract management phase of contracts, where it may not be the procurement professionals who lead - or are even involved at all - in those supplier negotiations. So we ave been looking at the need for negotiation skills among many people in public sector organisations. We are focusing on the issue of principled negotiation versus bargaining, as the vast majority of important negotiations in the public sector fall into the first category. Here are five basic elements of principled bargaining ...

Eco-Labelling From Nat Green and the Public Procurement Podcast Series

In this episode of the public procurement podcasts by Dr Pedro Telles, he talks to Nat Green, a Shaw LLM Fellow at George Washington University in Washington DC. It is the first interview from outside the EU in the series, and it focuses largely on issues around sustainable procurement and the differences between the EU and the USA in that area - as well as some related topics. This is an interesting discussion on how to make sure eco-labelling does not restrict competition or make life more difficult for smaller suppliers and potential suppliers.

Romania: Fighting Corruption Campaign Explodes, But There Are Consequences

Cracking down on abuse of power and public money has become a driving force in Romania. The National Anticorruption Department (DNA) is currently going after 10,000 cases! But some say this is going too far and it is reported that some officials fear taking responsibility for publicly funded projects in case they become a target, resulting in some long-planned public projects being put on hold. But Justice Minister, Raluca Pruna, says “Any state worker who correctly applies the law has nothing to fear in doing his job.”

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