Public Spend Matters Europe – Highlights from this Week

Supplier compliance

So, here is our Friday run down of  what we have published for you this week on our site dedicated to exciting and fascinating matters connected with European public sector procurement? And before you even think about switching off ... 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.

Anyway, here are summaries of our features this week – do click though and read the full articles.


EC Publishes Public Procurement Guidance in Response to Refugee Crisis

In response to the ongoing refugee crisis, the European Commission has presented a package of proposals to address all aspects of the crisis. The set of proposals, which can be found on the EC website, contains guidance on EU public procurement rules for refugee support measures.  It says member states must address the immediate needs of asylum seekers ‘adequately and swiftly’, including housing, supplies and services. A guide for national, regional and local authorities has been created to help them understand and comply with EU law when procuring necessary services. However, the guide also emphasises the flexibility built into procurement rules, which allow authorities to react quickly in times of crisis.

French Hospitals Securing Contracts with a UK Clinical Commissioning Group

Kent surgery patients may be funding a trip to Calais under new plans to treat them in France. Two French hospitals are on the verge of securing contracts from South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group. If successful, Centre Hospitalier de Calais and Fondation Hospitale will be able to provide treatments including general surgery, gynaecology, cataract surgery, pain management and orthopaedics to patients travelling from Kent. The Clinical Commissioning Group pointed out that this was not a criticism of the UK hospitals that applied, but simply that the French met the criteria and “It is quite simply a procurement that follows EU competition rules and has the advantage of giving local people a choice.”

WTO Agreement Will Open Up Australian Public Procurement Markets to EU Suppliers

European companies may soon be bidding for public contracts in Australia if it is admitted to an international trade group on government procurement. Australia’s Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb announced in June that the nation is seeking to join the World Trade Organisation’s 43-member Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). Joining the GPA will give Australian businesses access to sell goods and services to governments of other members, and will allow suppliers in those countries to sell to all levels of Australian government on the same basis as local suppliers.

Money Talks When It Comes To eInvoicing

With both the European Commission and Central Governments legislating for eInvoicing adoption, why are we still not seeing mass take up? All too often the reason is sited as ‘poor supplier adoption,’ but is this really the case? Or is it, in fact, closed or poor procurement processes that are the real problem? Stephen Carter, eInvoice, Open Account & Supply Chain Financing Expert at Basware discusses in this guest post.

Single-Source Procurement in the Military Sector

In certain cases, competition may be difficult, inadvisable or even impossible. Military and security matters are an obvious example. The lack of competition may come from a pure lack of suppliers in that field, or it may relate to national security issues where a country wants to preserve a supplier (but perhaps only one) in a particular area. But it poses a problem for the government and the buyer. How can the taxpayer be sure that a fair price is agreed when competition can’t be used to drive it?

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