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Newswire Weekly – European Public Procurement Update

Our weekly European public procurement news roundup has been bringing you recent public sector stories and information from around Europe’s news portals, highlighting how more than a trillion Euros of taxpayer money is being spent. We have always said that this will become part of a future initiative to bring you more frequent, global online reporting, so this will be our last posting on this site – which will be retired. Future news stories can be found on Public Spend Forum Europe/Newswire.

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UK Government Urged To Find New Methods of Nuclear Build Funding

At a recent UK conference on nuclear new builds, a British peer and a former Defence Secretary and now chairman of trade body the Nuclear Industry Association has urged the government to come up with new funding methods for nuclear new builds, including the county’s proposed £10bn Moorside development. This comes after the publication last week of a report into the funding of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power deal, which we reported on here. A fuller story on the conference can be found on The Mail. 

More Countries To Join WTO Procurement Deal

“The WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) may soon see some new additions, with Australia reportedly close to the negotiating finish line, nearly two years after it launched its bid to join the plurilateral accord,” reports the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Bridges News. The GPA currently has 19 parties, counting the EU and its member states as one; New Zealand is a member and with which Australia has links to public procurement tenders in bilateral agreements. Other countries are also working to join the GPA, seeing the benefits particularly following the improvements under the revised GPA that came into force three years ago. You can read more indepth coverage here.

Dutch Rail Company Fined 41 million euros for Procurement Fraud 

The Dutch Authority on Consumers and Market (ACM) has fined the Netherlands principal passenger railway operator, NS, 41 million euros for fraud in the procurement of a contract for regional public transit in Limburg. According to NL Times, where you can read the full story, the firm misused its “economic dominant position” to distort competition by intentionally entering a loss-making bid. There were two violations, one being denying other parties in the tender process a fair chance with the low NS bid. NS has disagreed with the conclusions, and has filed a complaint.

Number of EU Laws Introduced Illustrate Scale of the Challenge Ahead for UK Government

If you are in any doubt and want some clarification around the scale of EU laws introduced into UK statute since Brexit was voted for, there is an article on Legal Business which lays it out. “More than 700 new European laws have been introduced into UK statute since the EU Referendum vote in June 2016, with a further 1,260 expected to be absorbed by the time of UK’s departure” it says. There are nearly 20,000 EU legislative acts in force (some are directly applicable others need to be transposed) to which the new laws will be added. ‘Someone will have to decide which of the thousands of pages of guidance we have from the EU should continue in effect and which ones will be replaced. It requires firm policy decisions to be made …” said financial legal expert, Bob Penn.