It’s Friday, so here is our roundup of stories and information we picked up down the (imaginary) procurement cafe/bar/cave/biergarten (according to your location) this week. With well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by governments and public sector bodies, you would think it ought to be done well — not always! as we found out.
Do click through and read the full articles that interest you – some of them we will come back to in greater detail in due course.
So That’s Why So Little Seems To Get Finalised on EU Legislation!
The European Commission is the EU’s executive body, representing the interests of the European Union as a whole (not the interests of individual countries). Briefly – it proposes legislation; it enforces European law (with the help of the Court of Justice); it sets objectives and priorities; manages EU policies and budget; represents the EU outside Europe (negotiating trade agreements for example). Each member state has a representative and they are all meet weekly to discuss lofty affairs — or do they? A great post in Politico reveals that “A new ranking of European commissioners’ attendance records shows that several members of the EU executive body missed nearly a quarter of its weekly meetings.” The post Who turns up for Commission meetings — and who doesn’t shows a chart of attendance by each commissioner – the worst offender would appear to be Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission! Do take a look.
The ePSI (European Public Sector Information) platform is the largest source of information in Europe, it contains the metadata of public sector information made available on national portals across Europe. Produced and collected by public bodies it contains legal data, economic/financial data, digital maps, geographic information, meteorological data, digitalised books, statistics, and data from research projects. It is hosting a free webinar on 21 January 2016 (1600–1800 CET) to introduce the new portal and present the potential it offers to Member States and individuals, including re-using the data in new products and services.
The Procurement of Innovation Platform advises that “he newly launched SPP Regions website showcases the creation and strengthening of networks of public authorities focused on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI) in seven European regions.
The networks in Barcelona … South West England … Bulgaria … Copenhagen … Torino … The Hague and West France are co-operating on tendering for eco-innovative solutions and building capacity to implement sustainable and innovative purchasing practices.” Read more here.
EC Adopts ESPD to Simplify Public Procurement Across the EU
On January 5th, the European Commission released a statement that it had formally adopted the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD). This is basically an electronic self-declaration document to be submitted by suppliers/bidders interested in tendering for contracts for the supply of goods, works or services to public bodies located anywhere within the European Union. Look out for a fuller report on this on Monday.