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.

Austrian Procurement Programme - A Role Model for GPP 

Vienna’s sustainable procurement programme Ökokauf Wien (“EcoBuy Vienna”) has been largely successful since its inception 15 years ago. Its main goal  was to develop ecological requirements for products and services, which would then become procurement specifications. Emphasis was placed on environmental evaluation, maintenance, and improvement of product usability and efficiency. The programme was updated in 2009 with new targets to be met by 2020. It has developed various online tools to help encourage green public procurement, including lists of procurement criteria, product databases, position papers and guidelines. It has been commended by the EC as one of the most effective projects to promote resource efficiency.

Building Supplier Involvement in Public Procurement - Developing the Community

In many contracting authorities across the European public sector, eProcurement is already widely used, whilst in others it is still in a development phase. Different countries and Authorities are also taking different approaches to how the technology is developed and implemented. But with all authorities now having to adopt eProcurement to satisfy EU regulations, it is vital that they think about how the market perceives their processes and systems as well as how they work from an internal perspective. We have published a new Spend Matters briefing paper, Building Supplier Involvement in Public Procurementsponsored by Vortal, the leading public sector focused eProcurement solution provider. It is free to download here,

Albert Sánchez Graells Asks - Will Public Collaborative Procurement Bodies Survive?

Albert Sánchez Graells of Leicester University participated in a meeting organised by the European Commission. The purpose was to “participate in a very stimulating brainstorming session on cooperative public procurement, public procurement aggregation and, in particular, Central Purchasing Bodies (CPBs)”.  Is collaboration a good thing, and what benefits, challenges and opportunities might it bring? He argues that there are some real issues and negatives too, but introduced a couple of issues not previously addressed.

New Guidance Encourages Leadership In Sustainable Purchasing

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) has developed a handbook of ‘guidance’ for organisations that want to improve the environmental, social and economic performance of their purchasing. It outlines how organisations can optimise the functionality of their supply chains, throughout the entire product and service life cycles, by establishing a sustainable purchasing programme. The handbook can be downloaded for free via the SPLC website. We report on it further in this article.

Public eProcurement Conference - an Overview from Porto

The third European e-public procurement conference took place in Porto on Tuesday this week, chaired and hosted again by Professor Luis Valadares Tavares. There was a good mix of countries represented and one of the highlights was a round-up of how transposition of the new EU procurement directives is progressing, covering no less than nine different countries within the community. Peter Smith attended and gives us an overview of the main topics discussed. He will get further into some of those themes next week.


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