1. My old job at Bangor University is up for grabs. Excellent place to start an academic career in public procurement...if you are motivated and willing to work very hard. Dermot is a great boss for those first years when we're freshly out of the Ph.D and has that important quality of protecting his team. Limited backstabbing and/or academic bitchiness too.
2. The European Procurement Law Group held its annual meeting earlier this week at Birmingham University. Thank you Martin Trybus for the warm welcome. The next book in our series (about qualification, selection and exclusion) is coming along nicely and we have some news to share in the near future. PS: Some of my colleagues have contributed case reviews for Concurrences e-Bulletin.
4. New Commission initiative to kickstart procurement of innovation. I remain sceptical that raising awareness is what is needed to get more (public) procurement of innovation. It has never been a problem of "tools" either. My view is that it comes down to (lack of) incentives and (lack of) risk tolerance, not to mention (lack of) money.
5. Someone does not like "open" procurement rules. Someone should read the rules with care and attention.
1. What to do with old city buses? Not directly connected with public procurement but to take into account when one calculates life cycle costs today regarding the end of life of a product that is still 20 years away.
2. Varoufakis mentions corruption and procurement in his speech to the Eurogroup. Only briefly. Very good read overall. I was told as well that Greece simply decided to apply the Directive 2014/24/EU to all contracts irrespective of value. Bold move and one I want to follow closely.
3. Ecuador spends 11.5% of GDP in public procurement. I am not sure how reliable the figure is, but it looks quite significant.
4. Obama is bringing digital love to how government operates, including procurement. As I said on my talk in Tuesday, we're just getting started to see technology changing procurement and reducing transaction costs. I particularly loved the comparison between the projected costs of the original HealthCare.gov website ($800 million) with the total amount of funding Twitter raised ($60 million) to serve a similar number of users.
5. When defence procurement goes wrong, it really goes wrong. Would love to know Baud and Aris' views on this (old) story).
Have a nice weekend.