Being Efficient with Tax Payer Money Can Inhibit Innovation

21 Sep 2017
The UK’s New Civil Engineer writes this week that at its recent conference, a panel made up of representatives from Transport for London, the Environment Agency, Heathrow Airport and Anglican Water discussed their approach to technological innovation. In doing so the concern was raised that...

Scottish Government Accused of Short-changing Hospitals and Schools

21 Sep 2017
A recent report from a leading Nuffield College Oxford professor and previous civil servant shows how Scottish Government has spent public money since taking power at Holyrood in 2007. It finds that the Scottish NHS is being squeezed by £1 billion a year to fund flagship SNP policies such as free...

Better Transparency and Fairer Competition in Public Procurement for Moldova

21 Sep 2017
  The Moldovan Public Procurement Development Strategy 2016-2020 is now in a testing phase and is due to become fully operational in 2018.  eProcurement will then become mandatory for public bodies. A tool called MTender has been developed to ensure transparency at all stages of the...

New Public Procurement Rules in Croatia Bring Challenges

21 Sep 2017
Since July 1, it has been obligatory for public procurement selection criteria in Croatia to be based on ‘most economically advantageous’ bids rather than lowest price. A practice commonly preferred across European nations. The State Commission for the Control of Public Procurement Procedures...

Digital Marketplace Model for Other Countries to Receive Funding Go Ahead

14 Sep 2017
G-Cloud, now the Digital Marketplace, the hub for buying IT has been one of the UK government’s great success stories. It is now looking at overseas expansion and replicating the model to make the procurement of IT services and skills more efficient and cost-effective for public sector...

Software for Public Sector Financed by Public Money Should Be Open Source

14 Sep 2017
European Digital Rights (EDRi) is an association of civil and human rights organisations from across Europe which defends rights and freedoms in the digital environment. It is currently championing for public sector software that fosters the sharing of good ideas and solutions for everyone....