Public Spend Matters Europe – Highlights from This Week

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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Ukraine Today and Corruption in Public Procurement

Ukraine Today TV channel and website has been reporting on issues of public procurement in the country which provoke some thoughts and ideas that could go beyond into wider international public procurement. Apparently, around EUR 2 billion is lost annually as a result of bad deals in public tenders in Ukraine, around 20% of the total procurement spend. So, many private firms just avoid public procurement because it is corrupt. Deputy Economy Minister says "the State pays more than it would pay on the open market and does not buy from the best bidder." So here's what they've done ...

"Working With Small Suppliers Is Good for the Public Sector"

Two opposing views. The Federation of Small Businesses believes that public procurement must be about supporting local growth and local jobs. So how do public sector buyers go about benefiting from small firms? The FSB has developed some principles for small business-friendly procurement and these are laid out in the article. The Executive Director of the Partnership for Social Development (PSD) in Croatia, argues: “If we believe in the principles of the EU, then SME friendly is not competition friendly. It leads to inward-looking behaviour, stagnation, even recession ... Europe will lose if we don’t open up our markets, and support to SMEs often in reality means favouring firms who do not deserve to win contracts, just because they are small and local."

Consultants and Contingent Staff - a Challenging Procurement Category

The use of consultants and temporary staff is an issue for public sector bodies everywhere in the world. It tends to hit the headlines for the wrong reasons; citizens and the media get understandably excited when they see individuals or consulting firms charging what seem to be huge daily fees. It can cause bad feeling within the public bodies themselves, where wages may be low, and in some countries public servants have had to accept pay cuts. If we look globally, and beyond just the public sector, a number of factors are driving an increase in spend on consultants and contractors in most countries. Governments have in some cases contributed to the growth in the use of consultants and individual contractors through regulation. If you make it difficult or expensive for organisations to employ full-time staff, they will find other ways to obtain those skills!

Public Procurement Podcasts - Dynamic Purchasing Systems as Ama Eyo talks to Pedro Telles

Dr Pedro Telles talks to Ama Eyo, who has extensively researched the use of auctions in public procurement and is now looking at dynamic purchasing systems. She is lecturer in Law at Bangor University in Wales and Director of the LL.M (Masters) in Public Procurement Law and Strategy. The interview starts with a brief discussion around eProcurement and the mandate from the Commission, then moves into dynamic purchasing systems (DPS) in public procurement. Use of this process has not been very widespread, but with the changes and simplifications put in place via the 2014 directives, Eyo believes that she is seeing some increase, particularly by local government in areas such as passenger transport and social services. But what more can we do to increase takeup?

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