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

Here's 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.


Happy May Day / Bank Holiday! A Time for Labour and Fertility?

What procurement connections might we draw from the origins of May Day in the countries around Europe? If we are thinking about Labour Day, we might think about whether public procurement should be doing more to encourage employment. Using “social value” clauses in contracts, for instance, or encouraging suppliers to employ people who have been unemployed for a long time, or pushing suppliers to increase the apprenticeships they offer. Yet we run into the paradox of public procurement; we want suppliers to offer better value for money, which means becoming more efficient, which can mean employing fewer people.

World Bank ‘App’ Aims To Provide Transparent and Accessible Procurement Data

The World Bank has released an app that presents recent procurement data on major contracts awarded under projects it has funded. Users can view large amounts of complex data in a short time, through ratios, trends, supplier rankings, pie charts and bar graphs. These visualisations can then be shared via email, social media or a web link. The app is one of several initiatives in the World Bank’s recent procurement reforms, which aims to help clients modernise their own procurement processes through transparent data and knowledge sharing.

Public Bodies Procuring Cloud Services – Security is Top Concern, Says Recent Survey

A survey of UK public sector authorities found that security and accountability of data remains their top concern when procuring cloud services. The Security of Information and Technology Management (SOCITM) surveyed more than 100 public bodies regarding cloud procurement, and discovered that 47 percent would not use cloud applications for IT services involving personal data or business critical functions. Many of those surveyed claimed that regulation and legislation, including European and national laws, had an impact on the procurement of cloud services. Almost 23 percent said that legislation was a serious inhibitor to procurement of such services.

e-Public Procurement Conference – Just Two Weeks to Porto Event

In a couple of weeks’ time, on Tuesday May 19th, the 3rd European e-Public Procurement Conference will be held in Porto. The overall title is “The Process of Transposition of the New Directives on Public Procurement” but the day will roam more widely than just that topic. One session looks at how transposition of the directives is going in the different major European countries – Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and Portugal. That will certainly be interesting, and we will be reporting on that in some detail after the event. You can still register here.

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