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

A summary of our stories from around Europe on Public Spend Matters Europe 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.


Excellence in Public Procurement Awards – a Great Way to Share Innovation and Success - Parts 1 and 2

With more than 100 finalists and 12 winners out of the hundreds of entries to the GO Excellence in Public Procurement awards, it’s quite obvious that there are a lot of innovation and unique initiatives going on in the world of public procurement – and showcasing them means we can all learn from and enjoy them. We highlight (in two parts) our selection of those entries we feel are worth a deeper inspection for our European public sector readers.

Why Do Public Sector Supplier Relationships Seem So Accident Prone?

In this guest post from Sate of Flux (contract lifecycle management consultants) Mel Shutes, Executive Consultant and Head of SRM, looks at how failure to exercise proper control and management of risk, contracts and performance can be a major factor leading to poor supplier relationships. On the contrary, he looks at how good practice SRM can be the means by which best value for the tax payer is derived from contracts.


EU Roundup: Selected Stories from Bulgaria, Malta and UK

We report on few stories from around Europe in a succinct roundup, giving a link to the whole story, including:

Bulgaria Among EU Leaders in Transparent Procurement - Bulgaria is among the top five in the EU for “electronisation” of the procurement process.

Maltese SMEs Struggle - a recent survey of SMEs in Malta showed that competitiveness and access to finance remains the greatest challenge for small and medium-size firms.

UK SMEs Want To Remain in Europe - a survey of UK small and medium-size enterprise leaders found that most would vote ‘No’ in an EU referendum.


Petrobras Corruption Scandal Combines Procurement Issues and Politics

The recent scandal in Brazil around the Petrobras oil business highlights the dangers and extent of corruption and how it can involve both the private and public sector domains. Prosecutors claim that a group of Petrobras contractors, including some of Brazil’s largest construction firms, formed a cartel to extract the highest possible prices for major projects. We look at what we can learn.

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