Public Spend Matters Europe – Highlights from this Week

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.

Sweden May Introduce Collective Labour Agreements for Public Procurement Contracts

Swedish suppliers may be obliged to pay employees in line with collective agreements, if the Scandinavian nation agrees on new public procurement rules. Last year the Swedish government appointed a commission to tackle labour conditions in public procurement, and it has recommended that Swedish authorities follow the example of Denmark, Finland and Norway by including mandatory labour clauses in procurement contracts. The proposal has already generated some criticism from trade unions and businesses, but the commission will aim to follow in the footsteps of its Scandinavian neighbours: workers as a minimum should be guaranteed the same conditions as found in collective agreements covering their place of work.

Caroline Nicholas of UNCITRAL - Improving Procurement Policy Globally (Parts 1 and 2)

Caroline Nicholas  works for the International Trade Law Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs - the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). A lawyer by trade, she served as the Secretary to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Procurement, which in 2011 adopted the UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement. A member of the Editorial Board of the Public Procurement Law Review, she writes and speaks widely to bring the work of UNCITRAL in modernising procurement to an international audience. We were fortunate to secure an interview with her about her role and the effort she puts into public procurement issues.

The Differing Approaches to Procurement Framework Agreements - and How They Can Be Improved

In the latest edition of the Public Procurement Podcasts, Dr Pedro Telles talks with Dr Marta Andrecka about framework agreements in public procurement and how they may be improved. Dr Andrecka is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Law at the University of Aarhus and is currently working on a project regarding legal loopholes and uncertainty in EU public procurement law involving framework agreements. Dr Andrecka has studied procurement framework internationally and her current project compares how framework agreements are implemented in Denmark and the UK, as well as the problems faced in practice. She has conduct ed interviews with contracting authorities and central purchasing bodies to discover more about the day-to-day problems and legal uncertainties they face.

Potentially the World's Biggest Free-Trade Pact: Brussels and Washington Go Head to Head on TTIP

Proponents and opposition have been strong on both sides of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for all sorts of reasons. We’ve reported on much of the activity since Public Spend Matters launched, mostly from a European perspective. So we thought readers who are interested might wish to know about the upcoming US conference, where more than 30 trade experts from around the world will discuss a lot of the issues. It will be available to watch live online on October 12th at



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