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

Time again for a roundup of the articles published on Public Spend Matters Europe (PSME) this week. Our public sector site is receiving more and more interest 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.

Procurement Week in Cardiff - Latest Brochure Available Now

Procurement Week is held over five days in March in Wales -- it is probably the most extensive public procurement event in Europe with global representation from more than 21 countries. Even if you do not attend, it will be worth following the presentations, workshops and debates. Its excellent brochure is also well worth downloading.

2015 Challenges for Public Procurement – The Fight Against Corruption

Where problems are endemic, public procurement is one of the most serious and common areas for corruption and fraud. The sheer amount of money that flows through government procurement – as much as 20% of national GDP in some countries – provides the temptation and opportunity. We think there are some increasing dangers of fraud and corruption in Europe as we move through 2015.

2015 Challenges for Public Procurement – Capability and Competence 

The last in our series on public procurement challenges for 2015 -- Contracting authorities and governments cannot successfully implement the new directives, or achieve value for money and support social issues, or fight against corruption, if there is a lack of capability within the procurement profession. We discuss.

Public Procurement Developments in Armenia; Well-Meaning but Poor Practice

The Armenian government has set new rules for conducting public procurement tenders. At first sight, it is good that Armenia is trying to improve public procurement, but we unpick the announcement and find there are some concerns with the ideas that may need to be considered.

Corruption in Ukraine - and Can Greece Sort Out Its Similar Problems?

An article in the Guardian newspaper gives an insight into the devastating effect that corruption can have -- much of the corruption in the Ukraine appears to start with public procurement. It goes back years and is one reason why the economic growth of the country has been so low in the past 20 years compared to comparable economies. One issue is lack of people with the right procurement skills to make the system work properly.

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