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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ProZorro - Set to Save the Ukraine from Public Sector Corruption

Ukraine has established a 'new' public sector eSourcing system to tackle public sector corruption by bringing transparency and impartiality to tender assessment and public sector processes. Named ProZorro, it bears the name of the fictional masked crusader bent on avenging the helpless and oppressed, and punishing corruption -- it has completed its year-long pilot and is now ready to be mandated as the electronic public procurement platform to run state procurement online. All public procurement is to be moved over to the system in August of this year with regionalised training to get users ready.

Why Do the Same Suppliers Keep Winning Public Contracts?

Why don't contractors have other clients? In the US, for example, even outside of sectors like defence equipment, where governments may be pretty much the only buyers, there are many suppliers that supply only to government organisations and have little or no private sector business. Would you say that was weird? This writer does, over on our Public Spend Forum sister site.

InnProBio Produces Factsheet on Bio-Based Products for Public Sector Buyers

There are already a wide range of commercially available bio-based products on the market offering a diverse range of functionalities. However, many people (including public sector buyers) do not understand what they can be used for or why should the public sector purchase them. And how can procurers ensure that they have been produced in a sustainable manner? What types of standards are available? And what are bio-based products anyway?

UK Local Government Transparency Code To Be Extended to Further Tackle Corruption

The Department for Communities and Local Government in the UK has opened a consultation period, lasting until 8th July, on updating the Local Government Transparency Code 2015. Measures announced at the recent Anti-Corruption Summit have required parts of the code to be amended to accommodate the Government drive to tackle corruption, paying particular attention to procurement, so that “… the availability and format of certain data can provide new opportunities for analysis of public spending and the management of public assets.” UK government is being very visible with its renewed efforts to eliminate corrupt procurement practices. And you are invited to contribute ...

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