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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.

Polish PGZ to buy shipyard from Treasury

Poland’s defence giant PGZ has signed a preliminary contract to buy Naval Shipyard (SMW) from the Polish Treasury, as reported in DefenseNews. The acquisition, estimated to be worth 224.9 million zloty (U.S. $60.1 million) means the state-run group will enable SMW to maintain operations, specialising in vessel upgrades and overhaul contracts.

European Court of Auditors says EU must enhance fisheries controls

Auditors say the EU does not have a sufficiently effective system of fisheries controls to support the Common Fisheries Policy. The Member States examined – Spain, France, Italy and Scotland – although found to be implementing fisheries management measures adequately, have not yet fully implemented the EU’s fisheries control regulation. For more information on the findings see the recent article on The Fish Site.

Reinvent Paris 2 – seeking proposals

The Mayor of Paris has launched an international contest seeking ‘open, vibrant and radiant’ proposals for 150,000m² of subterranean sites across the capital. This is part of the city’s Reinvent Paris initiative launched by the Mayor which invites architects and developers to draw up a transformaton vision for 34 underground facilities. For more information and application details visit the Architects’ Journal.

EC simplifies rules for state aid in ports, airports and more

The European Commission has approved a modification of the General Block Exemption Regulation to allow Member States to grant State aid to ports, airports, culture and the outermost regions without any prior notification to the European Commission, thus simplifying the rules for public investment. The new Regulation also imposes simpler rules to allow public authorities to compensate companies for their additional costs when operating in the EU’s outermost regions. The full story is on Lexology.

EC gives Poland deadline over logging in ancient forest

Logging is allowed in Poland’s ancient forest, Bialowieza, but at a level considered sustainable by the European Commission. But Poland’s government has begun logging in new areas, resulting in a threefold increase in the number of removed trees. The ancient forest straddles Belarus and Poland and is recognized by the United Nations as a natural treasure of special significance. The EC says it violates EU laws and threatens the UNESCO World Heritage site – the ministry maintains the logging is in line with national and EU regulations. The full story is on Associated Press.

Scotland: Glasgow urged to run open IT services contract – not make direct award

The incumbent provider, Serco, wants Glasgow City Council to run an open procurement competition to find a new supplier for IT and digital services. The Serco contract with the council is due to run out next year. Serco announces it has taken legal action against the council over a deal it is pursuing which is likely to be worth between £300m and £400m over a 12-year term, comprising a seven year contract and five year extension. Serco believes this would comprise an illegal direct award. More details are on government computing.

SPICE mobility innovation project webinar next week 

A webinar on June 8, from 14:30 – 15:30 (CEST) – part of the SPICE mobility innovation project – will highlight Copenhagen’s procurement of innovative street lighting. SPICE is designed to support purchasing actions for innovative transport and mobility solutions in urban centres. The webinar is aimed at public procurers such as national, regional and city administrators, road traffic operators, transport engineers and system suppliers, Universities and researchers. It will share good practice on the use of innovation procurement procedures such as Competitive Dialogue to procure Intelligent street lights and discuss the benefits and lessons learned in Copenhagen. More details on the PPI website.