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 somethingof interest, please click through and take a look at the whole thing.

Excavating the EU’s Public Funds Mine – How Many Corrupt Gems Will We Find?

Researchers at Cambridge University’s Department of Sociology have developed a measuring technology that trawls through the caverns of public procurement data and picks out instances of unscrupulous use of public funds, on a national and regional level, and can tie them to supplying body, government or individual. Findings will be made available to the public, with the intention that the databases will be downloadable by citizens to be scrutinised by anyone interested in how public money is being spent. Through national procurement portals and mobile apps with analytics tools, users will be able to contribute to the data or report suspicious behaviour anonymously.


EU Open Data Portal - Makes Public Procurement Data More Visible

The European Commission has made data on public procurement conducted in line with EU-rules available on the EU Open Data Portal. The data includes details on buyers, sellers, the goods and services being procured, prices and which procedures and award criteria were used dating back to 2009. The information is also provided in an accessible format, so that NGOs, academics, companies and journalists can use it. Companies will be able to use the data to make better business decisions when applying for government contracts, and analysing the data will aid transparency in public spending.

Public Procurement in Ireland and Chile - More Questions than Answers from Interview

We discuss the content of an interview in which two legal practitioners from different sides of the world, Peter Curran of Eversheds in Dublin, Ireland, and Pedro García M. of Morales & Besa in Chile, came together “to discuss public sector investment, government initiatives and the nature of the legal market in this field.” Curran talks about litigation and challenges in public procurement, and García mentions the centralised procurement approach in Chile, among other interesting subjects.

Pedro Telles and the Public Procurement Podcasts

Dr Pedro Telles, senior lecturer in Law at Swansea University in Wales, has launched a new project -- Public Procurement Podcast (PPP) website. It is a “new and different way of disseminating knowledge related with public procurement. Sponsored by the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Awards, this is basically a series of recorded interviews with Telles talking to other academics whose area of study is related to procurement. We will cover the series of interviews in the coming weeks.


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