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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EU Country Reports - Compare and Contrast the UK and Slovakia

Most people in the European Union are blissfully unaware of the work of the European Commission and the vast amount of often useful and interesting material they produce. One example of that is the set of annual "Country Reports" which cover economic, social and political issues, challenges and achievements for many of the countries within the EU. Here we cover the UK and Slovakia.

Public Procurement Early Career Researcher Conference - A Hit!

Last Friday saw the Public Procurement Early Career Researcher event at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in London.  Around 35 researchers and other interested parties came together to hear 11 presentations of generally “work in progress” research from students (in the main). All have an interest in various public procurement issues, often (but not always) coming at it from a legal and regulatory perspective. The spread of countries represented was impressive and after each 15-minute presentation from the researcher, senior academics gave a critique to the presenters, good constructive advice.

Corruption Index -- General Picture Across Europe Is Stagnation

Transparency International’s (TI) latest Corruption Perception Index is a yearly report produced by capturing the views of analysts, businesses and experts within each country. This year’s results show that more than 6 billion people live in countries with a serious corruption problem. The scale of the issue is huge, and its findings are quite startling when seen in aggregate: "68% of countries worldwide have a serious corruption problem, half of the G20 are among them. Not one single country, anywhere in the world, is corruption-free." Countries lose US$1 trillion a year to corruption, it finds, and there is a correlation between poorer countries and corruption, and a correlation between conflict and corruption. Here is its snapshot of the results.

EU Keeps an Eye on Italy, France and others for ‘Excessive Imbalances’ in Spending

The European Union set up a yearly cycle of economic policy coordination called the European Semester. It enables the European Commission to give policy guidance on the budgetary and economic plans of the Member States. It also monitors the economies of the Member States for macroeconomic imbalances and reviews the progress towards jobs, education, innovation, climate and poverty reduction targets of the EU’s long-term growth strategy. One of the outcomes presented by the European said that Italy and France were in breach of the EU rules on public spending, putting them in the “excessive imbalances” category.

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