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


Here 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 briefsummaryof 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.

Government Procurement in EU a “Concern” for World Trade Organisation

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has expressed concern over the European Union’s trade policies regarding government procurement. Last year, the EU reformed government procurement regulations to improve transparency, enforcement and to simplify procedures. While the WTO’s regular review of the EU’s trade policies was generally positive about the Union’s transparency, WTO members continued to express concern about the rules. More details in our coverage.

Evaluation in Public Procurement - Why the Moderation Process Is Important (Parts 1 and 2)

We recently reported on a court case, which revolved around a tender evaluation for a public contract. Multiple people had scored the bids, followed by a moderation process. The problem was that the final mark that was given after moderation was lower than the individual score. To make that worse, the contracting authority did not provide a clear explanation as to how that process had been undertaken, and why the mark was so much lower than the average of the individual markers. This is clearly an important issue, and we take a look at the moderation process and make some suggestions as to how it can be handled successfully. In part 2 we look at how to execute the moderation process, and give three recommendations based on personal experience.

Italy’s €100 Million Pre-Commercial Procurement Programme To Foster Innovation

Italy’s Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) has agreed to fund an innovative pre-commercial procurement programme which aims to boost research and development. The programme will be carried out by the Agency for Digital Italy (AGiD), and focus on the development of ‘innovative services’ in public bodies based in Italy’s ‘Convergence Regions’ such as Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Sicily. These innovative services will include high-tech research and development methods not yet on the market, which are aimed to meet the specific needs of public bodies and communities.

Why Should I Do Business With the Public Sector? Positives For Suppliers

This article is targeted at the supply side: private sector firms, third sector (charities) or other organisations that might potentially supply to the public sector. However, it may also be useful to public sector buyers who want to encourage more organisations to bid for their work. The points we make come from various presentations we have done over the years to supply side audiences, often with a view to encouraging them to become suppliers to the sector. The core question is: why should anybody want to supply to the public sector? We explain.

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