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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.

Effect of CETA and TTIP on Germany is ‘grim’

EurActiv Germany reports that a study into the effects of the planned CETA and TTIP agreements, EU’s free trade agreements with Canada and the United States, on the German region of North Rhine-Westphalia paints a ‘grim’ picture and reveals that the results can be applied to all of Germany. On August 31, the “No to CETA” initiative handed in a constitutional complaint to the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. The full story is here.

New project on urban waste management 

A new European project, Urban_WINS, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, “will study how cities consume resources and products, and how they eliminate the waste produced. At the core of the work is developing and testing innovative plans and solutions aimed at improving waste prevention and management. These strategic plans will be tested in eight pilot cities in six European countries,” says Procurement of Innovation Platform.

Despite EU funding support Moldova progress is ‘limited’

Moldova, the poorest country in Europe, has been allocated EU aid amounting to €782 million since 2007, higher than that of its EU eastern neighbours. But a recent report from the European Court of Auditors finds that only limited progress has been made in in the sectors of justice, public finance, public health and water. There’s more here.

Suspicious public procurement by Lithuanian defense officials

Lithuania’s public procurement office announced that the Lithuanian army had bought kitchen items for around eight times the market price of 2014. For example, chopping boards for 180 euros each, compared to 28 euros in a store, bread knives at 142 euros each, compared to 13 euros market price, and more. Says Shanghai Daily “According to the public procurement office, the army had bought the items from Nota bene, its long-term supplier. The company was the only one to submit the tender …

Public sector must deliver value for the taxpayer despite cloud security concerns

Digital by Default reports that “A recent survey has revealed that security is still the biggest concern when it comes to cloud use amongst public sector organisations, which in turn is hindering the adoption of beneficial cloud technologies.” There’s more here. 

Global Dairy industry growth under threat from under-developed supply chain

The Boston Consulting Group has released a report which warns that an under-developed supply chain could inhibit growth. “With $500 billion in global sales, dairy was the biggest, fastest revenue-generating category in the food and beverage sector in 2015. But in value creation, the industry lags. Its inherent supply chain, market, and regulatory complexities, along with intense competitive pressures, mean there is no simple formula for profitable growth …” It warns that its most promising markets are also its least developed. The full story is here and you can download the report here.