UK’s The Food Marketplace Helps Producers Supply to Public Sector

12 Oct 2017
DEFRA – the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – has launched The Food Marketplace, a platform for buyers and suppliers of food to source and advertise products and services. The aim is to connect producers, suppliers and caterers with public sector buyers. The portal...

Taxpayers To Lose Out in Invest Northern Ireland Scheme

5 Oct 2017
An investor warned Invest NI’s chief executive about problems with its investment funds in 2011. He says the losses to taxpayers from a £129 million finance scheme will be even greater than the almost £30 million projected by auditors. The Audit Office reported that Invest NI’s Access to...

New e-Book to Determine the Maturity of Your Procurement Process

5 Oct 2017
eRequester, an eProcurement and spend management software system, announced today that it is publishing a guide to help organisations determine the maturity level of their procurement programmes. The e-book, Procurement Process Maturity: An Actionable Guide to Advancing Your Purchasing and...

Regional Public Procurement Bodies Commit to Sharing EU Audit Results

29 Sep 2017
Visegrád Group (V4) countries – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – as well as Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia, have attended a joint meeting called by the Hungarian Public Procurement Authority. The public procurement bodies representing each country have signed a ‘declaration...

An e-Library for Accessing Best Practice Public Procurement Across the EU

29 Sep 2017
Next month the European Commission intends to release a new tool for sharing good practices and solutions to common public procurement challenges, to improve the compliance and quality of public procurement across the EU. A special workshop “Procurement for better results: sharing of good...

Direct Awards of Public Works in Portugal

29 Sep 2017
Lisbon City Council has been investigated by a Portuguese newspaper for the direct award of a €5.179.873,44 public works project to one of the largest construction companies in the country. The contract is for the repair of the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, one of the city’s scenic...

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...