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

A summary of our stories from around Europe on Public Spend Matters this week. There’s a new article every day so the volume of diverse and interesting reads is really starting to mount up and many are attracting comments from experts. Each Friday, we are featuring a brief summary of the main articles published that week on PSME. If you see something of interest, please click through and take a look at the whole thing.

UK Can Be EU Model for Food Supply Chains

The European Union is looking to the UK as an example of how to deal appropriately with unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain. Recently, discussions on food chain issues have accelerated within the EU, with a report on unfair trading practices due to be published before the European Parliament’s upcoming Agriculture and Internal Market committees. EU member states have been exploring how to make food supply chains fairer and more equitable; the Agriculture Commissioner  is examining the UK’s unique system of a legislative code of practice.

Pedro Telles and Albert Sánchez Graells Take On the New Procurement Regulations

These two dedicated legal experts and academics are writing an article a day (each) about the 122 "regulations" that define new public procurement law. They are clearly written, controversial at times, and essential reading for everyone in public procurement, we'd suggest. Competitive Procedure with Negotiation is covered in the example we comment on here.

European Commission Expert Group on Public Procurement – Call for Applications

Do you want a job? Unfortunately, it isn't paid, but the Commission is looking for procurement experts to sit of their learned panel that advises on public procurement issues. Read our article which tells you how to apply if you're so minded. Sounds really interesting, actually.

Smart Cities: Opportunity for Procurement Innovation and a Bright Future for Lamp-posts

At the recent Wales Procurement Week, we heard a lot about the Smart Cities of the future, not just the technology -- the sensors, servers, RFID chips and smart devices -- but the potential of ICT to address each city’s own social, environmental, economic and cultural challenges. Not particularly a hot procurement topic you might think. So we asked: How does this help me do my procurement job better?  Does Europe have the capability to source all this innovation and development? We got some learnings from Peter Fatelnig, Deputy Head of Unit for ‘Net Innovation’ and DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission.

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