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UK councils save nearly £500 million by sharing services including procurement | Supply Management

May 22 in Daily News by eisc No Comments

Councils sharing services have saved nearly £500 million of taxpayers’ money, new research has revealed, with procurement among the services that are increasingly likely to be shared.
The Local Government Association (LGA) said that since the first map was released in 2012 – showing which councils are engaging in the process – authorities have saved £462 million by sharing services. This is an increase of £105 million on last year’s total of £357.
According to the latest shared services map there has been a huge increase in savings made from councils sharing back office functions, such as legal, audit and HR. The total saved so far by such functions is £145 million.
LGA research also found significant increases in the sharing of adult services, procurement services, and capital assets. Sharing services and management with other public sector organisations has saved more than £15 million.
For example Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Police and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services aim to save up to £4 million annually by sharing services such as procurement, finance, HR and printing. This scheme, called H3, is run equally governed by the three bodies and could be the first example of such cooperation between three different types of authorities in England, the LGA said.
The North East of England is seeing the fastest growth in shared service agreements, with 38 new arrangements in the past 12 months. In one example Durham County Council is working with North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group, Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group and County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust.
Councillor Peter Fleming, chair of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, said: “As councils continue to find new ways to share services and provide the taxpayer with value for money, we are optimistic other areas of the public sector will be inspired by this work and follow the trail blazed by local government.”


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Bill would transpose EU directives into public procurement law | The Budapest Business Journal on the web |

May 21 in Daily News by eisc No Comments

Hungarian lawmakers yesterday submitted a bill to Parliament that would transpose new European Union directives into national law on public procurements, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

All member states must transpose the new directives into national law by April 18, 2016, however, the deadlines for bringing rules on electronic public procurement in line with EU norms and for applying the rules universally are not until April 2017 and October 2018, respectively.

Under the bill, the new directives would allow member states a broader opportunity to integrate public procurement policy with strategic goals, such as innovation, social aims – including job creation – and environmental sustainability.


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View Notice – Public Contracts Scotland

May 14 in Daily News by eisc No Comments

Meet the Buyer Event on 27th May 2015, 5pm to 7.30pm.
The City of Edinburgh Council’s Commercial and Procurement Services have arranged a Meet the Buyer Event at Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG.
Are you a local business looking for new opportunities?
This evening event will give you the opportunity to meet public sector buyers and find out how councils purchase operational goods and services.
Come along and meet the City of Edinburgh Council Commercial and Procurement Services team and find out how our procurement process works, and get free advice to help you make your bids more effective.
This evening event will give you the opportunity to meet public sector buyers from NHS Lothian, East Lothian Council, Midlothian Council and Scottish Borders Council, and meet and get advice from organisations including Business Gateway, Federation of Small Businesses and Supplier Development Programme.
Entry is free of charge and open to all suppliers who provide goods or services which the council purchases.
If you would like to attend please register at Business Gateway as numbers will be limited. The last event was oversubscribed so book early and let us know if you cannot attend.
If you are a supplier please visit our new Procurement pages and event calendar at;
Procurement surgeries, events and training | Supplier engagement | The City of Edinburgh Council –
Edinburgh – Business Gateway Event booking –
Supplier Development Programme – Edinburgh SDP –


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Denmark at the forefront of digitisation of public procurement in Europe – Dansk Standard

May 14 in Daily News by eisc No Comments

Denmark will spearhead the standardisation process of digitising public procurement across the EU. Danish Standards and the Danish Agency for Digitisation have managed to win the international secretariat that is to set the framework for common European electronic procurement processes. A kick-off meeting will take place on June 17-18.

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The secretariat is a result of a multi-annual European cooperation, and is directly connected to the new EU directive on public procurement requiring that all public procurement of the EU member states must be electronic as from 2018. Digitising of procurement processes should be based on common international standards and open source to ensure the exchange of data of new electronic systems in all phases from invitations to tender to awards of public contracts and procurement. This will form the basis of increased competition and transparency to the benefit of Danish and foreign tenderers who will gain the benefit of reduced transaction costs in addition.
Jesper Jerlang, Director of Standardisation of Danish Standards:
- The cost savings potential is considerable in Denmark alone. Presumably 10 percent of the approx. DKK 300 billion annual public procurement turnover in Denmark make up the transaction costs. The annual public procurement in the EU amounts to approx. DKK 15,000 billion, so the potential for cost savings is large. The fact that Denmark will spearhead the work can turn out to be of great benefit to Danish developers and suppliers of procurement systems for enterprises and public procurement authorities, if they participate in the standardisation work. Participants of the standardisation work will gain early insight into and the ability to influence the development of the standards that will set the framework for a rapidly growing international market for procurement systems in the coming years.
Lars Frelle-Petersen, Director General of the Danish Agency for Digitisation:  
- Denmark is already a pioneer country when it comes to applying systems for e-invoicing and NemID (digital services to the public). Through NemHandel (system for e-trade with the public sector) Denmark has gained good experience with systems based on open standards and open source. Especially on the invoicing area, public authorities have reached various efficiency gains in the handling of the more than 18 million electronic invoices that are processed annually. Accordingly, e-procurement is a natural next step. By heading the standardisation work in Denmark, the Danish conditions to influence all the other e-processes to be standardised will favourable, e.g. electronic products catalogues and contract awards.
Anders Hoffmann, Deputy Director General at Danish Business Authority:
- Cross-border trade enhances growth in the Danish society, and international standards facilitate global trade. As standards will play an increasingly important role, it will become more important for Denmark to exert influence on the development of international standards. Consequently, it has been an evident objective for the Danish Business Agency to win the secretariat for Denmark, and I am very pleased that we succeeded. In our future work we can use our experience and expertise within electronic procurement to influence the development of new standards to the benefit of both Danish enterprises and public authorities.
The secretariat will be partly funded by the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth, the Danish Agency for Digitisation, with contributions from the national standards organisations of Sweden, Norway and Denmark.  
An international kick-off meeting will take place at the premises of Danish Standards, where Danish stakeholders are welcome to participate.
Read more about the committee for e-procurement (in danish).


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Public Procurement Violations Robbed Bulgaria’s Budget of BGN 13.991 M in 2014 – – Sofia News Agency

May 14 in Daily News by eisc No Comments

Public procurement violations caused damage to the state coffers worth BGN 13.991 M in 2014, according to a report of Bulgaria’s Public Financial Inspection Agency (PFIA) presented on Wednesday at a regular meeting of the government.

At the same time the fines imposed for these violations stood at BGN 1.975 M.

According to the PFIA, 41 administrative violation notices against 44 public officials were issued for the sum of BGN 5.951 M of the total, while the remainder was the value of proposals for holding persons accountable for Labor Code breaches or other violations.

PFIA inspectors established irregularities in 924 out of the total of 2440 public procurement deals inspected in 2014.
In 508 deals the flaws concerned violations of the award procedure, including failure to observe deadlines, to submit information for publication, etc.

Apart from that in 416 of the tenders inspected the PFIA detected noncompliance with the Public Procurement Act, including violations of the principles of publicity and transparency, free and fair competition, equality and non-discrimination.

In 2014 the financial inspectors of the PFIA identified violations of the budget and financial discipline worth BGN 14.184 M.

In 2014 PFIA inspectors issued administrative violation notices to 981 natural persons and to 633 legal persons.


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