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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EC Proposes Revised Tool for Open Access to Public Procurement Markets

In a bid to open up international public procurement markets around the world, the European Commission at the end of last month presented a revised proposal for an International Procurement Instrument. The EU itself has striven to become an open economy, but the problem is that some, even many, of its trading partners are not. In fact some apply restrictive practices that discriminate against EU businesses selling products and services to public institutions in other countries. The potential is for EU companies to be able to tap into the huge market of public procurement outside of the EU.

Suppliers Who Fail To Deliver - a Public Procurement Dilemma

The EU and national procurement regulations and defined processes are designed to achieve several objectives. They aim to achieve the best value supply for the taxpayer, to open up and stimulate public sector supply markets and to protect the citizen against fraud and corruption. They also often aim to contribute towards other social goals too. In order to do that, we have agreed processes or procedures, backed up by legislation, that strive to achieve fairness in the process by which suppliers are selected. One issue which is not new but comes to the forefront every so often is how to evaluate fairly and make the best supplier selection decisions when we have inexperienced suppliers bidding in a particular market.

Hospital Creating POs After the Goods Have Been Purchased -- Surely Not!

It's quite amazing really what can actually be going on under the procurement noses of a public sector organisation without anyone reporting, or even noticing. A report by Deloitte into the procurement practices of the Markham Stouffville Hospital, Ontario found controversy over procurement practices related to the hospital’s $400-million redevelopment. An ensuing 14-page report documented a list of problems, including "lax policies governing everything from procurement to hiring staff and conflicts of interest."

Suppliers Who Fail To Deliver – a Public Procurement Dilemma (part 2)

Having looked at the issue of public sector suppliers who, through lack of experience in the market in which they are bidding, win a tendering process then prove unable to deliver the contract satisfactorily, we look at how contracting authorities can avoid getting into this position in the first place. There are various steps that can be taken, but the difficult balancing act that must be undertaken is this. We do not want to discourage new, young and innovative suppliers, who may have different ways of carrying out the work to how it has been done in the past.

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