Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

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Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to the exciting and fascinating matters connected with European public sector procurement and further afield, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market. 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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Top story -- We’re Public Spend Forum Europe Now! Welcome …

Public Spend Matters Europe has become - Public Spend Forum Europe. We're very excited by this and whilst you won't see too many immediate changes, we think and hope this is a notable change and a big day for us and for our readers. (And lots more new readers too, we hope). We are part of a global community and that means addressing some pretty fundamental issues ranging though market imperfections to skills issues in public procurement. Now this clearly is not a short-term or simple task; but you have to start somewhere. See the full article by Peter Smith on the new site.

Daniel Moylan Doesn't Like The EU Procurement Rules - So What's The Alternative?

The arguments in the UK about whether the country should leave the EU are intensifying as we approach the referendum date of June 23rd. Whilst public procurement is not perhaps as big an issue as the economy, immigration or European security, it is popping up regularly in the debate now. Daniel Moylan is an elected councillor who represents the Queen’s Gate Ward on Kensington and Chelsea Council - his general argument is all about how terrible the EU procurement regulations are, and although he makes some sensible comments, he is silent on the biggest issue - exactly what he thinks might replace “EU regulations”. Read more in the full article.

EC Tells 21 Countries to Move Faster on Implementing "New" EU Directives

The European Commission (EC) issued a formal “notice to comply” letter to no less than 21 countries, requesting them to transpose the new (well, not very new really ) EU directives on public procurement and concessions into national legislation. The Commission also explains why the 21 countries should get on with the task, highlighting the move to introduce more eProcurement into public procurement processes as a major potential benefit. The number of failures means it would have been much easier actually to have written to the States that have implemented. -- we feel. More on the website.

Rip-Off Pricing on Generic Drugs - a Failure of Public Procurement?

Firms manufacturing generic drugs, not the household name companies, tend to buy the rights to long-established, off-patent drugs from large pharmaceutical firms. They look for those “generics” that don’t have real competition in the market, and because of the weakness of the National Health Service (NHS) pharmaceutical procurement process, they are then able to charge pretty much what they like for these drugs. In numerous cases the producer has raised the price many times over recent years. So we have simple, naked exploitative capitalism at its best, as the private equity firms as well as the founders and owners of the manufacturing firms have made hundreds of millions out of the cash-strapped NHS.

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