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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EURORAI -- A Glossary of Useful Public Sector Terms in Four Languages

Do you know how to say public sector procurement, or cost benefit analysis in 4 different languages? This glossary of terms was compiled by EURORAI -- the European Organisation of Regional External Public Finance Audit Institutions. It is a glossary of terms and expressions used in public sector audit and other closely related fields. It has 84 pages of the terminology (and in some cases definitions and explanations) of each countries' legal systems and administrative structures, and terms and expressions used within them -- and they are all translated into four official languages of the EURORAI: English, German, French, and Spanish.

Gifts and Hospitality in UK Government - the National Audit Office Reports

Should public procurement staff – or indeed, anyone connected with public procurement – accept gifts from suppliers? Actually, the same question should apply really to anyone in procurement, public or private sector. The obvious answer would seem to be “no.” One of our readers comments, "Ban all gifts and hospitality that wouldn’t be reciprocated in the normal course of business, no exceptions. There’s really no need for it." Yet this is a much more difficult and grey area than it might at first seem.

What Happens to Public Procurement if the UK Votes to Leave "Europe?"

The latest polls show the "get us out" campaign moving ahead (despite the chaotic nature of the groups who are campaigning for that).  So it is time to start thinking seriously about what it might mean for public procurement if the UK does vote to get out of the EU and become an independent nation. Over the years, politicians have enjoyed complaining about the terrible bureaucracy of EU procurement regulations, and how it stifles innovation, stops contracting authorities awarding contracts to wonderful local suppliers and generally is a nuisance. But if we do vote to come out, suddenly those same politicians will have to think about what they actually want to do ...

Procurement of Professional Services – Three Good Reasons Why Consultants Are Engaged

Why do organisations use consultants? There are three common and legitimate reasons why organisations use professional services firms: knowledge and specialist skills, intellectual capability, and delivery capability. But there are also occasions where purchasers pay good money for services they do not need. We look at each in detail.

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