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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.

Apprenticeships procurement paused due to overwhelming interest

The UK Education and Skills Funding Agency recently paused the procurement process for allocations for apprenticeship provision for non-levy-paying employers, owing to “overwhelming interest from the training provider market in the apprenticeship reforms.” Providers had been bidding for a share of a funding pot worth up to £440 million. FE Week with the full story reports that interest in this funding stream appeared to be much higher than the government had anticipated, with actual bids amounting to around £1.6 billion.

Canadian and European firms to get enhanced access to Public Tenders

A new partnership between TEC Partners and TendersPage aims to provide European and Canadian firms with more access to public tenders under CETA. It is expected to bring CAD $700m yearly through the platform in public tender contracts, with six times that amount projected for the private sector, explains Nasdaq Global Newswire.  TendersPage, the world’s largest supplier of public tenders is headquartered in Strasbourg, France, it will help Canadian companies find more opportunities to bid on government and private sector contracts in Europe.

New model contracts for UK Gov procurement

The UK Government Digital Service (GDS) is creating new ‘model contracts’ for public sector procurement to simplify the process and the contract lifecycle. It has asked buyers and suppliers, legal experts from central and local government, large and small companies, and individual digital specialists for input, and in the first step of its project it publishes its findings here.

Romanian government accused of bias in awarding EU funding to intelligence services

‘A group of Romanian NGOs has submitted a claim to the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) alleging that over €26 million in EU funding has been misappropriated by the Romanian Intelligence Services (SRI) and that the process launched to award the money was unfair.’ Writes Euractiv. The NGOs allege that national laws were violated – the fuller story is on the Euractiv website.

£1.6m pay on just three council employees

The UK TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has found that one council (Sunderland City Council) spent £1.6 million on the salaries of just three of its employees. A report into senior public salaries argued whether pay limits should be enforced. TPA CEO said that said it was disappointing that local authorities were responding to the financial reality through further tax rises and reducing services rather than scaling back top pay. Similar situations are found among other councils. Public Sector Executive has the full news.

Updated PCP and PPI projects brochure published

“Innovation Procurement: The power of the public purse – EU-funded projects in the ICT domain” is the European Commission’s DG CONNECT brochure and an updated version has been released. It features the results of the first EU-funded joint cross-border Pre-Commercial Procurements (PCPs) and a compilation of completed and ongoing PCP and PPI ICT projects under the sectors of Health, Transport, Energy, Water, Education, Public Administration and Safety. Procurement of Innovation website has more details.

Procura+ Awards 2017 Launched

ICLEI has launched the 2017 Procura+ Awards which highlight already running sustainable and innovative public procurements that lead to significant improvements in public goods, services, processes and infrastructure. Applications are now being accepted for 2017 and the closing date is 30th June – find out more here.