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.
Procura+ Awards 2017: call for applications from European cities
The Procura+ Awards, run by ICLEI, showcase the achievements of European cities’ sustainable and innovative procurement projects.They are now open for 2017 applications. There are three award categories: Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year. The closing date is 30 June 2017. The 2017 Procura+ Awards ceremony will be held at the Third Major eafip Event on Innovation Procurement in Tallinn, Estonia on 17 October. We are hoping to be there too.
Israel discussing reciprocal defence procurement with Italy
Israel is discussing the purchase of new helicopters from Italian firm Leonardo, through Elbit Systems Ltd. the subcontractor on the project. This is on condition of a reciprocal defence procurement between the two governments. Also in the bidding are US company Bell and European company Airbus. The deal is expected to amount to $350 million. The full story and details of negotiations is on Defense World.net
Hungary launches public procurement for new law enforcement vehicles
Hungary’s Directorate-General for Public Procurement and Supply (KEF) is about to spend a massive sum on new vehicles for law enforcement and defence organisations. A public procurement tender has been invited for vehicles up to certain sums in certain categories – the budget is around 45 billion forints. More on Portfolio.
Germany’s K130 corvette construction award in violation of public procurement law
The unified armed forces of Germany, Bundeswehr, planned contract award for the development of five additional Type K130 corvettes to the previous contractor has been found to violate public procurement law. “The decision comes after the Kiel-based company complained to the tribunal about the planned award by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in negotiated procedures without inviting other companies to participate in the award process,” explains naval-technology.com
Bulgarian road toll system procurement suspended again
A Bulgarian public procurement procedure to design, build and implement an electronic toll system for vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes has been suspended (again) following complaints by bidders. “All activities under the procedure are suspended until the authorities pronounce on the complaints,” says Focus Information Agency where you can find more details.
UK new regulations on tobacco go further than EU requirements
Latest rules from the EU to discourage young people from taking up smoking have come into force – but the UK has gone even further. The Tobacco Products Directive imposed new restrictions; they banned flavoured cigarettes that mask the smell and taste of tobacco, enforce larger warnings and graphic photos of health risks, and regulate the amount of nicotine that can go into e-cigarettes. Retailers have had one year to clear old stock. The UK has also standardised packaging. All cigarettes must now be sold in green packaging with graphic warning labels, with the brand name printed in a standard typeface. It also bans the sale of packs of 10 cigarettes. Read more on KTOO public media.
Scotland – secrecy in spending public money must end
How public money is spent on the building of infrastructure projects in Scotland must be ended – says a leading economist who is calling for more accountability and transparency. The National reports that Margaret Cuthbert says the Scottish Government has signed contracts with the private sector “binding them from not releasing information” about them, and adds: “This secrecy continues to this day.”