Public Spend Matters Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Matters Europe is dedicated to the exciting and fascinating matters connected with European public sector procurement. 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. So here is a roundup of what we've been discussing this week.

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Public Procurement Podcasts – Pedro Telles Interviews Kirsi-Maria Halonen on Contractual Ineffectiveness in Public Procurement

Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Lapland, Kirsi-Maria Halonen has worked previously for Hansel Ltd, the central purchasing body of the Finnish Government. She concluded her Ph.D at the University of Turku on the consequences of contractual ineffectiveness in public procurement. Here we continue our synopses of the public procurement podcasts by Dr Pedro Telles. Halonen explains that what interested her during her research was more whether the contracting authority can be held liable towards the contractor, rather than the remedies for contractual ineffectiveness.

Why Politicians Don't Want To Know Everything ...

A humourous look at one of the biggest technology and change programmes in the UK government -- DWP Universal Credit programme -- á la 'Yes Minister' mode. Why is it that sometimes the politicians don't even know what is going on in their own departments, organisations or councils? Well, with acknowledgement to the genius of Sir Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, here is our interpretation of what happens in Government departments at the highest levels!

Maintaining Competitive Pressure Through the Procurement Process

At last week’s BravoSolution Real World Procurement session, Managing Director Guy Allen talked about Driving Value from your Sourcing Process. One of his key points was that procurement often reduces competition too quickly as we move through the procurement process. So in public sector terms, those stages might include a pre-qualification process, then a tender resulting in a preferred bidder and contract award. In procedures such as Competitive Dialogue and the new Competitive Procedure with Negotiation, there may be multiple stages that gradually reduce the number of potential suppliers who remain in the frame to win the work. The issue of maintaining competition for as long as possible absolutely applies in the public sector environment. But the challenging aspect of this is exactly how to best balance two different aspects of the process.

Congratulations to the Winners of the European Cities of Innovation Award 2016

The European Commission has just concluded the second edition of its European City of Innovation award (iCapital). The award was set up to celebrate the European city that is building the best “innovation ecosystem”- connecting citizens, public organisations, academia, and business - with a view to helping the city scale up its efforts. Part of the Horizon 2020 project funding, the first prize is in the order of €950 000; the first runner up gets €100 000 and the second runner up gets €50 000. And this year the award went to a city that "embraces a bottom-up approach based on smart growth, startups, livability and digital social innovation" ...

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