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This Week’s News from the Public Procurement Cafe

Here’s our Friday roundup of news picked up in the (imaginary) public procurement cafe/bar/cave/biergarten (according to your location) — recent public sector stories, snippets and information from around Europe. Well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens is being spent by governments and public sector bodies, so it’s good to pick up on stories on how it’s being spent.

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.

ProZorro – Ukraine procurement system becomes mandatory from 1st August

We wrote a few months ago in “ProZorro – Set to Save the Ukraine from Public Sector Corruption” about the Ukraine’s new public sector eSourcing system as the country’s Trojan-like attempt to tackle corruption in the midst of austerity measures and territorial dispute. ProZorro has now completed a year-long pilot and is mandated as the electronic public procurement platform to run state procurement online as of 1st August. The Economic Development and Trade Ministry’s website says: “Over the 12 months the ProZorro pilot project has been in effect, savings have exceeded UAH 1 billion (the total sum of the funds saved as of today is UAH 2.6 billion). Therefore we call on all responsible customers to use ProZorro when even handling purchases worth small amounts of money. This is easy, user-friendly and advantageous.” There’s more on the government portal.

Crown Commercial Service appoints new Small Business representative

The UK Crown Commercial Service has appointed a leading entrepreneur to help more small businesses in the UK bid for and win government contracts. This is in support of the government’s manifesto commitment to spend 33 percent of central government procurement spending directly and indirectly with SMEs by 2020. We have written extensively on this subject over on our Spend Matters UK site here, here and here. The new appointee will be working part-time in this paid role which is part of the Crown Representative Network, an approach introduced by the Cabinet Office “to align procurement across all Government departments, acting as a focal point for particular groups of providers looking to supply to the public sector.” You can read the full story on the government website.

Castelló issues first tender including CEPPI recommendations

The City of Castelló (Spain) has issued a tender to procure energy-efficient printing, scanning and photocopying leasing, supplies and maintenance which include specific criteria based on the recommendations from the CEPPI project. “Birmingham (UK), Budapest (Hungary), Castelló & Valencia (Spain) and Wrocław (Poland) are joining efforts to look for more sustainable energy solutions through a pro-innovation procurement approach. Under the umbrella of the EU-funded CEPPI project, these five cities will demonstrate that by selectively intervening in scheduled public tenders, energy consumption can be reduced.” The full story is on the Procurement of Innovation Platform website. 

PRIMES project highlights good practice in GPP

The PPI website also reports that “a series of good practice case studies have been published which show how green public procurement (GPP) is being implemented in smaller municipalities. The case studies were developed through the EU funded PRIMES project. They focus on the product categories that have been found to be particularly relevant when it comes to the implementation of green public procurement in smaller municipalities. These include energy efficient street lighting, sustainable construction works, procuring energy efficient ICT products, and green electricity.”

Public sector organisations need to give BYOD appropriate consideration

We read with interest in Digital by Default News, that a recent survey of 100 IT decision-makers from public sector organisations found that only 22% of companies currently have a policy for BYOD in place. This is a UK survey but we suspect the results ring true throughout Europe. More organisations, it says, need to give Bring Your Own Device initiatives proper consideration. That is a statement that not everyone is ready to agree with – BYOD brings fears of data security, especially in the public sector workplace, and especially in public sector buying where (we reported before) people may use their won devices to get around procurement rules. What probably would be agreed with is that “BYOD is certainly here to stay and will continue to gain traction. Consequently, preparing a BYOD strategy should be at the forefront for companies that don’t currently have one in place.” The full story is here.