Ofcom Welsh Branch Controversial Contract Terminated

24 Aug 2017
Communications regulator Ofcom awarded a contract to a Cardiff-based consulting firm which has two senior officials on Ofcom’s advisory committee for Wales. But the firm had not had to submit a competitive tender before being given the contract by the publicly-funded body. The award is said to...

EC Temporarily Bans Slovakian Government From Drawing on EU Programme Funds

18 Aug 2017
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 with no history...

European Commissioners’ Travel Expenses Probed and Published For First Time

17 Aug 2017
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 expenses on travel...

Milan, Italy Launches Procurement of 80 New City Trams

17 Aug 2017
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 is estimated €213...

Andrew Forzani is New UK Ministry of Defence Chief Commercial Officer

9 Aug 2017
Andrew Forzani has been appointed the new Ministry of Defence Chief Commercial Officer. He takes over from Steve Morgan, who we believe is retiring. Morgan had a long and successful career in the Canadian Military and then held senior commercial roles in major UK infrastructure businesses prior to...

Fair Trade Trousers and ESL Developments in German Public Procurement

8 Aug 2017
The Lexology legal news and content website features an interesting article here from Thomas Voland and Kristin Vorbeck of top law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The title of the article is certainly attention grabbing – Firefighters and Their Fair Trade Trousers: Human Rights in Public...