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.

Building Supplier Involvement in Public Procurement

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new Spend Matters briefing paper: Building Supplier Involvement in Public Procurement (sponsored by Vortal, leading public sector-focused eProcurement solution provider) considering the supplier viewpoint when choosing or operating eProcurement systems. Many buyers focus almost totally internally – as long the systems and processes work reasonably well for the buying organisation. In this new briefing paper, we turn things around and look at aspects of public sector procurement, particularly systems and processes, from the viewpoint of the market and potential or actual suppliers to the contracting authority.
We believe Tungsten is likely to be a major player in the growth of eInvoicing across Europe in particular over the next year or two. Tungsten is now expanding in three linked but somewhat different directions from its core business of OB10. Firstly, there is eInvoicing itself, with the Tungsten Network growing strongly; secondly, supply chain finance where the firm can provide finance from its own banking resources; thirdly, the Tungsten offering of analytics. In this post we explain why we think its success is so likely in these areas.

Recently a joint venture has been proposed between three CMOs (collective rights management organisations). It is these who manage the copyrights of authors, performers and writers of musical works and grant licences on their behalf (and distribute loyalty payments). In its role to oversee merger control in Europe, and to preserve effective competition in the internal market, the European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the joint venture adheres to the EU Merger Regulation.

EU Directive Provides SPP Opportunities for European Health Authorities

About 80 percent of healthcare products are thrown away after a single use, so there is definitely room for improvements in sustainability. The new EU Directive encourages sustainable procurement but it is not a requirement. Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWH) recently published a factsheet about Sustainable Public Procurement in European healthcare. The non-profit coalition of hospitals, academic institutions and environmental health organisations has outlined opportunities for public authorities under new EU Directive on public procurement.

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