This Week’s Summary of Articles from Public Spend Matters Europe

Time again for a roundup of the articles published on Public Spend Matters Europe (PSME) during out first week of 2015.  Launched on September 1st, our public sector site is building momentum and receiving good reception from the public procurement community around Europe. There’s a new article every day so the volume of diverse and interesting reads is really starting to mount up. Each Friday, we are featuring a brief summary of the main articles published that week on PSME. This week the post on Austria sparked most Twitter activity. If you see something of interest, please click through and take a look at the whole thing – there’s lots to catch up on around Europe.

To kick off a new year:

Six Public Procurement Priorities for 2015 Across Europe

We start to think seriously about what 2015 might bring for everybody in the procurement business, from practitioners to solution providers, academics to consultants – and of course our political masters and the citizens who depend on the goods and services that public procurement provides. So what are the big public procurement priorities we will face in 2015? We give six of the likely issues that are going to occupy the time and effort of executives though the year, from implementing new directives to compatibility and competence.

New Online Tools To Promote Innovative and Sustainable Procurement

Local governments are still struggling with the result of the financial crisis, which has reduced their budgets and therefore limited their ability to provide services. However, embracing sustainable and innovative public procurement has the potential to help, as it operates within budget restrictions and leads to better allocation of funds. The EU spends around €2 trillion on public procurement annually – roughly 19 percent of the EU’s GDP – and if this figure were channelled correctly, it could have a great impact on local communities across Europe. The Council for Local Environmental Initiatives has unveiled new tools to foster innovative, sustainable procurement.

Austria Aims To Build on Innovation of Procurement Success

Promoting procurement of innovation has become one of the EU’s objectives in recent years, and is part of its “Europe 2020” strategy. However, it is also a key goal on a national level and was included in Austria’s “RTI Strategy.” Austria’s PPPI Action Plan has been developed on the basis of a stakeholder process involving relevant members of the Austrian procurement community. The government has also mandated the plan’s implementation, which aims to boost innovation-demanding public procurement, thus stimulating industry and allowing public authorities to deliver better services.

Changing Jobs: What Should Procurement Professionals Consider? 

You may be considering whether now is a good time to make a profession move. During his twenty something years in procurement line-management roles, Peter Smith moved organisations five times and considered many more moves. He discusses his learnings from his career moves and shares four key factors to consider when thinking about whether it is a good time to move. He offers advice on what to consider depending on how many boxes you are able to tick.

Green Public Procurement and some very successful case studies

DG Environment was set up to protect, preserve and improve Europe's environment for present and future generations. The Commission aims to do this by proposing policies and legislation that protect the environment and help businesses move towards a sustainable economy. The Commission recognises that technologies, processes and business models need to use resources more efficiently. “Much of Europe is locked into business models, infrastructure and behaviour that use resources with too little regard for efficiency. But our world is changing, and the end of unlimited resources is already here. It's time for a shift to resource efficiency in all sectors of industry.” And here is where Public Procurement has an important role to play.

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