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.
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.
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.