Sustainable Urban Integrated Transport Systems Initiative

12 Sep 2019
A four-year research and innovation action project is under way to develop and implement sustainable, inclusive and accessible transport strategies. Sustainable Urban Integrated Transport Systems: Transferable tools for Small to Medium local authorities, is a research and innovation initiative...

EU Defence Joint Procurement

12 Sep 2019
The European Commission president has said that the EU should do more foreign policy by majority rather than unanimity, and that the EU’s defence union project will have its own offices and staff in Brussels. A new directorate general [DG] for defence industry and space will speed up work on...

New UK Framework for Simplified Purchase of Cloud Services

5 Sep 2019
NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) has set up a new procurement framework to provide the entire public sector with a simple, quicker and OJEU-compliant means of purchasing cloud solutions. 24 suppliers have been selected on value for money for the framework which is intended to make the...

How EU Public Contract Winners Are Selected

29 Aug 2019
Dr Pedro Telles of Swansea University and expert in public procurement law has recently reviewed a study conducted by DataLab looking into how public contract winners in the EU are chosen. The study uses data from 2016 onwards. He discovers that a high proportion (66.5%) is awarded to the...

British Steel Finds A Buyer

22 Aug 2019
News that British Steel has a buyer hit the headlines in the UK this week. A Turkish pension fund firm subsidiary has emerged as the frontrunner in the preferred buyer selection process of the British Government – Oyak already owns 49.3% of Turkey’s largest steelmaker, Erdemir, as well as a...

National Infrastructure Commission Releases Procurement Assessment Tool

1 Aug 2019
The tool is intended to improve UK national infrastructure procurement and ensure that government selection of infrastructure procurement models is made with a robust consideration of broader factors beyond cost. Public bodies will be able to analyse the costs and benefits of financing and...

First Open Source Knowledge Graph on European Public Procurement

19 Jul 2019
The ‘TheyBuyForYou’ project brings together researchers, innovators and public administrations from five European countries who are working on guidelines for procurement data visualisation. An international research team with open data specialists from the University of Southampton have...