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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Purchasing Cards - Why 50K Feels Different To Different Public Organisations

In our experience, Purchasing Cards can be a useful tool for low-value procurement, however, the aspect of potential fraud through the use of Cards – whether personal travel-type cards or corporate purchasing cards - is one that plays particularly strongly in the government (public) sector. Indeed, that has become even more of an issue since greater spend transparency has led to more detailed card spend information being put into the public domain. But our point in this post is not particularly about whether Cards are a good idea or whether their use should be extended, it is about the psychology of public spending.

European Public Procurement Events Calendar - What's On Through 2016

This is a new regular feature from us – a review of the forthcoming conferences and events of interest to the pan-European public procurement world, practitioners, academics and others. We will update every month or so – here we start with three events coming up very soon, and two more in the Autumn. You are free to send us an update if you would like us to mention your forthcoming (relevant) here.

National Audit Office to Examine UK Government Central Procurement Operation

The UK’s National Audit Office (NOA) has announced that it is going to review the work of the central collaborative procurement operation, Crown Commercial Service. They have even invited you to make your own suggestions of areas that the auditors might want to consider. It does seem to us that the NAO has quite a tough job ahead of it, assuming it really wants to add value in its review. That’s not because it is hard to think of areas where CCS can and should improve; it is more that it is likely that CCS itself knows and understands where many of its challenges lie. So how does NAO avoid just stating the blindingly obvious? Here are some thoughts.

Public Procurement Podcasts – Pedro Telles Talks to Carlos Arrebola of Cambridge University

Dr Pedro Telles of Swansea University hosts a debate between Carlos Arrebola a PhD candidate at University of Cambridge and Albert Sanchez-Graells from the University of Bristol. Arrebola’s research into 'the influence of the Advocate General’s opinion in decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union,' is critiqued and we get to understand the drives behind the research and the main findings, what the variables were and what differences other variables might have made to the findings. It is a positive yet challenging discussion, the last in this series.

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