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). 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.

Italy's Public Sector Suppliers - eInvoicing Rules Masking Other Issues

Electronic invoicing was made mandatory in Italy's public sector last year for supplies made to some central public administrations, tax agencies and national social security and welfare agencies. Other public sector bodies will have to join them this year. So, suppliers are now under pressure to make sure their systems and processes are up to the task. But there are other issues to consider.

2015 Challenges for Public Procurement – Implementation of the New Directives 

We start a more indepth look at our six major challenges for public procurement in 2015 that we published at the beginning of the month. The first is on implementing the new directives where we give some of the more noteworthy points and ask what this mean for procurement professionals in the public sector? There are some clear actions we would suggest need to be considered now.


The New Procurement Directive and Something Odd About Mutuals

There's an aspect of the new procurement directive that seems a little confusing and strange around mutuals, co-operatives and similar potential suppliers. So we highlight it here and invite readers, who may be more in the know than we are, to solve the puzzle for us.  It concerns the competitive process for and use of “mutuals”, co-operatives and similar organisations as suppliers.


2015 Challenges for Public Procurement – Austerity 

Continuing our look at the challenges for public procurement in 2015. The situation where governments, and their different elements (central and local government, health, education, security and police services etc.) basically do not have enough money to do what they want to will continue through 2015 and probably well beyond. That brings a number of challenges not just for the politicians, but for executives in the public sector.

Pharmaceutical Firms' High Drug Pricing – Just Say “No”

Drug pricing is a major issue all over the world. Governments and their health systems, under severe cost pressures owing to country debt and general economic crisis, cannot afford the inflated prices that some pharmaceutical firms seem fit to impose on their new medicines – even if the drugs are very effective. One solution in India is to price cap certain expensive drugs or even refuse patents to allow generic and cheaper manufacture of imitation medicines -- but doesn't that impact the pharmaceuticals and their willingness to invest and innovate?

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