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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 …

Ukraine ProZorro wins another award

We have reported several times about the Ukraine’s eProcurement system – ProZorro – now it wins the Davos Awards 2017 for “Trust of the Future”, as reports the Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine. “The C4F (Communications for the Future) Davos Awards Gala Ceremony was held in Geneva on March 13-17. It is an annual award for communication professionals, which they receive for their significant professional achievements, creativity and unique vision of the future of the industry,” the statement reads. Details are on Ukrinform.

More Government support for charities demanded

Public Finance writes that UK Government should ‘better support charities’ – a House of Lords select committee has concluded that charities are the “lifeblood of society” and government should better support them. It says devolution offers a significant opportunity for charities to forge closer relationships with decision-makers, but that the government is “insufficiently committed to engagement with charities” to help devolution work in practice.

Bulgaria’s centralised eProcurement platform – Tenders called for

Bulgarian Public Procurement Agency initiated the public procurement process for the development of a centralised public e-tendering platform. This was the second launch of the tender after the first tender, started in mid-2016, was cancelled, writes Lexology. The estimated budget is BGN 5.6 million (about 3 million euros) and the deadline for submission of offers is 19 April 2017. More details here.

European Interoperability Framework: new guidance for digital public services

The revision of the European Interoperability Framework is part of the Digital Single Market strategy of the European Commission. New guidance on digital public services aims to promote cooperation between EU Member States to better prepare society to reap the full potential of the digital transformation. It outlines a common approach to making public services available online, also across countries and policy areas. EC details are here and the press release here.

UK GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards goes to …

Southne Council has been awarded Procurement Team of the Year at this year’s UK National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards which celebrate the very best of the public sector buying industry. The team beat competition from organisations such as the Department for Work and Pensions, Crown Commercial Service, Leeds City Council and Liverpool City Council. Congratulations to them, and you can read more on SouthernStandard website.

Netherlands circular economy initiatives with PPI competition