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Newswire Weekly – European Public Procurement Update

This is our weekly European public procurement news roundup. We will be bringing you recent public sector stories and information from around Europe’s news portals, reporting on how more than a trillion Euros of taxpayer money is being spent. This will become part of a future initiative to bring you more frequent, online reporting. Watch this space …

Largest public sector water framework agreement comes to UK market

Crown Commercial Service is bringing the largest public sector water framework agreement in the UK to market. In a new partnership approach most business and public sector organisations will be able to choose which company supplies their water and associated services. It is said that the agreement will help the public sector save more than £20 million over four years. More details are here. 

New regulations for medical devices expected soon

New EU medical devices regulations are expected to be finalised in April. The EU’s Council of Ministers has said the regulations will come into force once MEPs vote them into law (in April) and once they are subsequently published in the Official Journal of the EU. The new regulation on medical devices will apply three years after the date on which it is published in the OJEU, and on in-vitro diagnostic medical devices they will apply five years after publication. More details on OutLaw.com

Public Sector (Non-Residential) Construction Market Report launched

The 5th edition of the ‘Public Sector (Non-Residential) Construction Market Report – UK 2017-2021 is now available. The analysis focuses on public sector construction activity within healthcare, education, defence, custodial, justice and other public sectors against a backdrop of continuing public sector funding cuts and uncertainties surrounding Brexit. It also takes a look at procurement programmes in public sector construction, and more …  more details are here.

Privacy Impact Assessment Tool Required by French Data Protection Authority 

The French data protection authority (CNIL) has launched an RFP under public procurement rules for a Privacy Impact Assessment software tool (assistance with project management and the development of the software). The tool is meant to be used by all data controllers in France and has to be compatible with all operating systems, says Lexology with more details here.

Various EU member states bill Ireland for health services

EU member states have landed Ireland with a €34 million bill for the cost of providing healthcare for Irish people abroad, explains the Irish Times. “Under the regulations, a person insured by the healthcare system of one member state is entitled to receive the same services in another member state, at the cost of the country where the person in insured.”

UrbanWINS pilot cities plan project activities in Venice

And finally …

Did you know that Blue is not an approved EU colour for wine?

There’s an interesting story on this on reason.com. A new, blue wine launched in Spain in 2015 is facing resistence from beaurocrats over its colour. Apparently blue, just isn’t the right shade of red, or white! It violates wine regulations. The wine uses both red and white grapes (and other stuff) to get its colour, and make it more ‘fun’ for drinkers. But detailed rules on winemaking are part of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, so 120,000 bottles have been purchased (or sold to, whichever way you want to look at it) outside the EU. Can’t wait to try some! Might be crushing some blueberries into my sauvignon blanc tonight!