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

Six weeks in and our new site, Public Spend Matters Europe, is continuing to receive 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. 

Transparency International, a global non-government organisation dedicated to fighting corruption and promoting openness in government and public bodies, has issued a new report: “Single Sourcing: A multi-country analysis of non-competitive defence procurement.” It's a good piece of work and we highlight the main findings and the key recommendations it makes for different groups.
There is no doubt that procurement in the government defence sector has a number of real challenges. The amounts of money spent are large – many billions of Euros a year in the biggest countries. Projects to build ships, planes and similar run over many years, using the most advanced technology. But does that mean the most senior defence procurement executives should be paid a lot more than other senior procurement people in the public sector?
France’s Defence Ministry will go ahead with plans for an electronic-intelligence satellite and next-generation military communications satellite systems in 2015 despite many changes to the nation’s budget. French officials are still considering whether to outsource their next-generation Syracuse military telecommunications system to the private sector, or to ‘inhouse’ with conventional procurement, as countries like the UK, Italy and Germany have done.
ICPS has grown in size and reputation over the past few years and is now one of the leading academic centres for procurement related work, not just in the UK but across Europe. It is also known for “Procurement Week,” an international conference that explores the many facets of public procurement, and has quadrupled in size over the past three years with over 500 attendees last year. The 2015 event is being promoted now for next March in Cardiff, with the theme “Game changing ideas and innovation.”
For the first time, a joint cross-border public tender in the healthcare sector has been launched at European level. HAPPI, Healthy Ageing Public Procurement of Innovations, is a project aimed at providing innovative solutions to address the needs of an ageing population and disseminating them in hospitals and nursing homes across Europe. It aims to find innovative products and solutions to help the elderly “age well” in key areas, namely: communication, care, mobility, eating, sleeping and personal hygiene. With hospitals and nursing homes constrained by cost when purchasing equipment, procurement of innovative products and services is very important.

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