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-Funded Innovation Procurement in the Healthcare Sector - A Workshop

The European Commission (DG Connect) and the EPP eHealth project will be hosting a stakeholder workshop to explore how to make better use of European funded innovation procurement in the healthcare sector. It will be a practical and case-study-based workshop for anyone interested in finding out more about innovation procurement in practice, collaborative procurement initiatives and future funding opportunities in H2020 for PPI and PCP projects. To be held in Brussels in May.

Pinelopi-Alexia Giosa on Leniency, Competition, Corruption and Debarment

Pinelopi-Alexia Giosa is Greek, speaks four languages fluently, has a range of law qualifications already, and is now studying for a Ph.D at the University of East Anglia in Norwich in England. She gave the opening presentation at the recent Early Researcher event in London, organised by Dr Pedro Telles. Among other issues she talked about Article 57 of the Procurement Directives, which covers exclusion grounds, debarment and the triggers that can lead to firms being barred from future bidding for government contracts.

Asylum Seekers - Suppliers Lose Money, Has Procurement Done a Great Job?

If a public sector buyer puts in place a contract that once up and running sees the supplier losing a substantial amount of money, yet is continuing to deliver the service and meet the quality type standards, does that mean the buyer has done a brilliant job? Or does it indicate a poor procurement that did not fully understand the appropriate cost structures for the supply side, and has ended up with a situation that might be unsustainable? This question has arisen because of the dreadful financial results announced last week by G4S.

Petra Ferk on Implementing eProcurement in Real Life

Another presentation at the Early Researcher event was from Petra Ferk, Assistant Professor for Public Administration at the Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Slovenia and also works for the Institute for Public-Private Partnership, Slovenia. Her presentation was about "Implementing eProcurement in real life." The Commission has mandated the introduction of eProcurement by 2018, but the directive talks about publication of notices, access to tender documents, and submission of bids rather than what we might consider the wider process, including evaluation of bids or award. So she asks: what is it that the Commission hopes to achieve by this, and what is actually being achieved by early adopters?

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