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

Our new site Public Spend Matters Europe, launched a few weeks ago, has received a good reception from the public procurement community around Europe. There's a new article every day so the volume of diverse and interesting reads is really starting to mount up. 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 – there’s lots to catch up on around Europe.

Turkey must improve procurement process to engage further in transatlantic trade

Whilst the country has perhaps more pressing problems, with the prospect of all out war on its borders with Syria, Turkey might need to improve its government procurement processes too if it wants to be part of global trade agreements. According to US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Turkey must make necessary economic and process reforms before it can engage further in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The European Economy – Running into Deflationary Headwinds?

Recent economic data from Europe has been very mixed, but the overall mood has darkened in the past few weeks. Whilst the countries which struggled most in the 2008/9 crash (e.g. Ireland, Portugal, Greece) have continued their painful and slow recovery, the continental giants of Germany, France and Italy have some real problems. The issues have a number of causes, which vary somewhat by country. What does this mean for public sector procurement?
As Ebola spreads to Europe, it is high on the “risk register” of many organisations. In the public sector, a number of issues are relevant to procurement: we are likely to see increased demand for specialist goods and services. How can procurement organisations respond to unlikely but high-impact risks. What happens if a supplier lets us down? We have become adept at dealing with high-probability risks -- but what about the less likely or “black swan” possibilities?
German military arms procurement is in need of a serious overhaul: a recent KPMG report said large defence projects have experienced long delays and overrun costs, and that the government has been unable to enforce deadlines, cost and capability goals. It recommended defence ministry procurement officers make changes to policy and procedure.  In response to the review, the defence ministry has published six points that outline an agenda to improve project management and transparency.

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