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 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.

EU Gives UK Cloud Scheme Seal of Approval for Data Security

UK-based cloud computing industry body, Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), has gained EU recognition for its information security procedures. CIF’s code of practice for cloud service providers meets the standards of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), so it will be included on ENISA’s cloud certification scheme list. To be included it had to correspond to the agency’s 27 requirements regarding network and information security, developed as part of the European Commission’s cloud computing strategy. The scheme saves the customer having to look through the details of many different ICT components and check all security requirements separately. Certification also gives customers assurance that the service is secure and reliable.

EU Procurement Directives Encourage ‘Buying Social’

Public procurement directives currently being adopted across the EU will offer social enterprises access to the government contacts market, worth approximately €425 billion or roughly 3.4 percent of the EU’s GDP. Two major EU procurement directives were revised in December 2011, in sectors such as water, energy, transport and postal services, as well as public works, supply and service contracts. The reform offers opportunities for member states to “buy social,” making it simpler for social enterprises to access a procurement market. The reform also allows for a greater focus on the quality of social services including health and education. Contracts may be awarded to firms that meet qualitative criteria such as accessibility, continuity or the needs of the end user. Under the current directives, any abnormally low bid will be rejected if it fails to observe social, labour law or environmental protection obligations.

Porto Conference – Transposition of the Directives in EU Countries

At the recent e-public procurement conference in Porto, we had a very useful and intense session where nine different speakers representing different countries presented an update of how their country is proceeding in terms of transposing the EU procurement directives into national legislation. The speakers were a mix of lawyers, academics, and practitioners, not all on the inside of the transposition process, but all with a good views of what is going on, and it was a very interesting and useful session. In three installments, we  give an update of the progress being made. Today Portugal, Germany, Italy.

Porto e-Public Procurement Conference – Transposition of the Directives in EU Countries (part 2)

Continuing our look at how the EU Directives are progressing in various countries, today we look at three more:  Finland, France and UK. The final three will appear next week.



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