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Open Procurement

EU procurement legislation is grounded in the EU Treaty and is designed to ensure open markets are maintained and that the Single Market can operate competitively and openly. The rules are designed to secure non-discrimination in government purchasing in a way that compliments the EU competition rules. The EU’s Procurement laws also ensure open competitive tendering by governmental bodies. It is obviously critical that these principles are observed so that when “government as customer” impacts the market, it does so in a way that operates in a manner that is technologically neutral and supports competitive supply and economic efficiency throughout the supply chain. 

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The European eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015: Harnessing ICT to promote smart, sustainable & innovative Government

The Commission is proposing a second eGovernment Action Plan which aims to realise the ambitious vision contained in the Declaration made at the 5th Ministerial eGovernment Conference (the ‘Malmö Declaration’). According to this ambitious vision, by 2015 European public administrations will be "recognised for being open, flexible and collaborative in their  relations with citizens and businesses. They use eGovernment to increase their efficiency and  effectiveness and to constantly improve public services in a way that caters for user's different needs and maximises public value, thus supporting the transition of Europe to a leading knowledge based economy." The Malmö Declaration sets out 4 political priorities for all European public administrations over the next 5 years.

Click here to read the Action Plan.


UK government business plan for improvement to procurement of ICT

The UK government business plan outlines the plan for improving procurement, creating a major projects office and a series of initiatives aimed at sharing services and saving costs on a cross governmental basis. 

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"Big Society" and new Technology

There is a debate going on about the extent to which the "Big Society", through which private enterprise is being encouraged to get involved in the provision of public services, and increased localisation, will require new technology. The idea is that more should be done at a local and community level but existing technology is purchased on a departmental basis in central government, and insufficiently flexible for multiple users and users from many locations.

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Indian group fuels UK public waste row

In an interview with the Financial Times, Vineet Nayar, chief executive of HCL Technologies, hit out at the “stranglehold of a few companies” in Britain’s £17bn market for public sector technology.

Click here to read the Financial Times interview.


OGC Publishes New Negotiating Guide

A new Negotiating Guide for the OGC ICT Services Model Agreement has been published. The guide has been written jointly by OGC, Partnerships UK and Intellect (the UK trade association for the IT, telecoms and electronics industries). It focuses on four provisions which regularly consume disproportionately large amounts of negotiation time: *Due diligence; *Supply chain rights; *Termination for convenience;*Limits of liability and indemnities.

The guide will be regularly updated to reflect changes in drafting or to add new topics.  Since each version of the guide is based on the contemporary contract drafting, this initial edition is primarily intended for use with Version 2.3 of the Model Agreement.

The guide can be accessed from the welcome page of the guidance website here.