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Objections to EU Public Sector Market Amendment on Third-Country Bidders

Three European federations, EIC (European International Contractors), FIEC (the European Construction Industry Federation) and EuDA (the European Dredging Association) have called upon Members of the International Trade (INTA) Committee of the European Parliament to reject proposed amendments to...


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Helsinki Opens Biggest Ever Airport Tender

As part of a €1bn ($1.16bn) development programme at Helsinki Airport, Finnish airport operator Finavia has opened a tender process for 13 retail and food & beverage concessions at Finland’s largest international airport. This is the biggest-ever for Helsinki Airport for the commercial...


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UK Central Buying Organisation Looking for Providers To Build New Digital Service

UK’s Crown Commercial Service is looking for a team to build a digital service for public sector users to find and transact with apprenticeship training providers. They will also integrate with a dynamic purchasing system as part of the CCS Supplier Registration Service. A new Apprenticeship...


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Inappropriate Allocations of Public Money in Spain’s Infrastructure Projects

A report “Approximation to the geography of wasteful spending in Spain: assessment of the last two decades,” is a joint project of the universities of Barcelona, Girona, Valencia, Cantabria, Tenerife, Seville, Málaga, Alicante and Madrid’s Complutense University. It finds that Spain been wasting...


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Freedom of Information Requests Should Be Extended to Major Public Projects

A Scottish Member of Parliament has said that firms building major public infrastructure projects should be covered by freedom of information laws. He believes citizens should have more access to understanding how Scotland’s £11 billion of tax payer money on public procurement of services is...


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New Alliance Model for Highways England

Earlier this year Highways England announced the development of a new procurement model to deliver Smart Motorways, ‘drawing on an incentive-driven commercial model & maturing towards an integrated operating model’. It is now planning to adopt a full 10-year alliance model for its smart...


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Should I Take a Job in Public Procurement? CEO for CCS Interviews This Week

This week sees the final interviews and selection for the Chief Executive role at Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the UK central government collaborative buying operation. We suspect the candidates will include some – maybe even all – who are primarily private sector in terms of their...




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UK Government’s New Suite of Travel and Venue Solutions Launched

The UK Government’s central buying organisation, Crown Commercial Services (CCS), has launched a new suite of travel and venue solutions for the public sector. Public Sector Travel and Venue Solutions (PSTVS) will enable the booking of rail and air travel, accommodation and event services,...