This week’s summary of articles from Public Spend Matters Europe

Our new site Public Spend Matters Europe, launched a few weeks ago, has received a good reception from the public procurement community around Europe. So every Friday, we are featuring a brief summary of the main articles published on PSME that week. If you see something of interest, please click through and take a look at the whole thing on the new site – there's lots to catch up on around Europe and we have nice pictures there too! 

Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam wins Procurement Innovation Award

We have been providing synopses of the finalists of the Public Procurement of Innovation Award 2014, EcoProcura, Ghent, Belgium. In this article were delighted to report that Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, Netherlands was announced the winner. We take a look at why it was chosen and its procurement innovation achievement.

Minimum wage in public contracts not to be extended to subcontractors in other member states

The minimum wage of an EU member state cannot be extended to a subcontractor established in another member state, according to a recent ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union. A wide diversity of law and practice over minimum wage exists across Europe, and that is one of the main issues. The UK was one of the first to introduce a minimum wage in 1997. Today, its minimum wage is a lower percentage of average salary compared with that of Luxembourg or France, two of Europe's larger economies.

The new EU Procurement Directives - useful analysis from Vortal

Vortal is helping individuals and organisations to understand what the new EU Directives (which are being transposed now into national legislation around Europe) mean for procurement. It gives clarification on why this happening and lists six key areas of interest (pulled from FAQs) with brief summaries of the key points for each topic. It's a great reference source for anyone affected by the regulations, whether you are in Europe or doing business with it.

Trade agreement creates procurement opportunities for EU and Canadian firms

A new EU-Canada trade pact is to provide more opportunities for public procurement services across the Atlantic. Five years' of negotiations have culminated in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to come into effect by 2016. Canadian companies will have access to a market worth more than €1.9 trillion annually. CETA is also encouraging two-way investment by removing barriers to make foreign direct investment easier.

Will wearable technology be important for public sector procurement?

How will wearable technology be relevant for procurement people generally around Europe? We think the impact is going to be felt in two ways. Firstly, public sector authorities and budget holders will want to purchase wearable technology, so it will be added to the long list of “spend categories” that procurement has to handle. Secondly, we in the profession might use or drive the use of wearable technology in specific procurement and supply chain applications. We suspect in the procurement space, the applications will have fairly limited uptake compared with, for example, the military.

There will be more on this next week on this site.






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