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

This is a summary of our stories from around Europe on Public Spend Matters Europe this week. There’s a new article every day and many are attracting comments from experts. Each Friday, we are featuring a brief summaryof 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.

Simplifying Sub-OJEU Tenders – IPCS Tell Us How at BravoSolution Conference

At the recent BravoSolution customer conference, BravoConnect, Professor Dermot Cahill and Gary Clifford from the Institute for Procurement and Competition Studies, Bangor Wales, led an excellent break-out session “How to Shrink Your Tenders and Get Your Life Back!” - it raised some great issues worth the attention of any organisation, not just those of local authorities.

Romania Fights Against Corruption: Help From the USA (Why?)

Getting complaints about 60% of procurement exercises indicates something is going badly wrong in Romania. So, the US Trade and Development Agency is going to train over 50 Romanian officials on how to obtain best value and incorporate lifecycle cost analysis in public procurement procedures. The Romanian officials will attend a three-day workshop taught by teachers from the George Washington University, USA. But how are teachers from the  USA going to help educate Romanian procurement officials? Do they understand European issues and directives as well as, let's say, European experts?

Using Innovation Partnerships To Develop a Challenge to a Monopoly Supplier

One of the more interesting new ideas in the 2014 latest EU procurement directives is the “Innovation Partnerships” procedure, which provides a relatively flexible route for the contracting authority to work with a supplier or suppliers to develop innovative goods, services and works. There are some drawbacks and issues to consider with Innovation Partnerships -- Peter Smith discusses and readers chime in with their own perspectives.  One viewpoint in particular says "I despair at the effects of the effective monopolies that plague the public sector ..." We welcome more views.

Central Banks Working Together - EPCO Drives Procurement Collaboration Across Europe

At the recent public procurement conference in Prague, organised by the EC, we heard a presentation from Eva Rodriguez Bielsa of EPCO, the Eurosystem Procurement Coordination Office. She gave an interesting insight into the issues that collaborative procurement organisations face, and some of the strategies that can be taken to maximise the chances of success. She gave her key success factors on the operational side and in terms of mandate and commitment.

Thinking Fast and Slow, Public Sector Procurement and Projects

Daniel Kahneman’s book, Thinking Fast and Slow, is essential reading for anyone interested in how we think, human behaviour and motivation. It contains material that is relevant to everyone’s lives, both business and personal, and it has many aspects that have relevance to procurement people. Peter Smith reviews the book and likens its content to many public sector projects, programmes, initiatives and policies we have all come across.


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