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Brexit Negotiations – The Danger Of “Goodwill” Concessions

Keir Starmer has said that EU citizens will retain the right to stay in the UK post Brexit, and that he would concede that in the negotiation with the EU representatives.

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Slovakia’s Prime Minister announced this week he will replace the Education Minister (SNS coalition) for allegedly mismanaging EU subsidies in his department (the row is over €300 million in EU subsidies). “Slovak media have reported that the ministry chose several companies ...
Some European Commissioners’ travel expenses have been analysed by Belgian magazine Knack and the findings were published recently. It discovers that in the first two months of 2016, for example, almost €500,000 was spent on 261 official trips. While some tallies show that ...
The European Commission announced this week it is opening up a public consultation on how to improve the food supply chain. The European agricultural sector has become increasingly integrated into global markets, and, while this has created important business opportunities, it ...
A heads-up for our readers that the competition is now open for manufacturers to submit their bids to supply 80 new trams for the city of Milan. The public transport operator, ATM, is offering a six-year contract, with an initial order for 30 trams . The total contract value ...
The UK Government Digital Service is looking for a new approach to the procurement and contracting of digital and technology services in central government. The aim is to remove as much ‘friction’ as possible from the process and attract suppliers with the right products, skills ...
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The  Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement 2017 was published recently by the United Nations Environment Programme. It was conducted in the framework of the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme, and examines the state of sustainable public procurement (SPP) ...
Not everything the UK government has done in terms of procurement has been leading-edge, and certainly not everything has worked perfectly. But what we can say is that the UK has tried a lot of different procurement ideas, and has probably been an early adopter in many areas. ...
The UK’s Department of Education is planning to cancel all its contracts with one of the largest suppliers of adult training, Learndirect. The government funds training initiatives such as technical and business apprenticeships for teenagers and adults, and literacy training. ...
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At the end of last year, the UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document titled “ Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice ”. We did provide a n initial overview ...
We mentioned in our Newswire last week that the UK’s Local Government Association (LGA) – a membership of councils working to influence central government on issues that matter to local authorities - ...
We wrote here an introduction to the Open Contracting Innovation Challenge , which is a competition run by the Open Contracting Partnership and the Open Data Institute to recognize ground-breaking data-driven ...
  • I didn't have quite the reaction to the BATNA comments from @Joseph Sandor , and I admit that I probably don't use the term "negotiate" every time I engage suppliers, as in "Let's negotiate this relationship."  But from the time of the first interaction, there are interests ...

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  • First, @Steven Koprince   summarizes an interesting OHA case that caught my eye,  Size Appeal of Synergy Solutions, Inc. , SBA No. SIZ-5843 (2017) . Here, the unsuccessful incumbent alleged an affiliation between itself and the successful offeror, because the successful ...

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