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The Value of the Value for Money Principle: journal article

From a Public Private Partnership Perspective

Christina D. Tvarnø

European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, Volume 15 (2020), Issue 4, Page 282 - 291

The article concerns Public Private Partnerships and the value for money principle. The article presents an analysis of the British value for money principle, the lack of similar principle in the EU public procurement law and the importance of value for money in regard to Public Private Partnerships. This article does not question the key principles of transparency, equal treatment, proportionality, non-discrimination, and competition but discusses the value for money as a relevant legal instrument in regard to Public Private Partnerships in EU public procurement law. Keywords: Public Private Partnerships, value for money, public procurement law, Britain, EU law

Public-Private Partnership as a Solution for Competition Restrictions for Local Governments in Finland journal article

Paukku Eelis

European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, Volume 15 (2020), Issue 4, Page 292 - 300

This article aims to find out how Finnish legislation allows usage of PPPs by local governments. This study was conducted by analysing the main features of PPPs from literature as well as analysing EU and national legislation. The main findings of the study were that the most significant legislation is EU public procurement legislation, which sets a framework on how the public can acquire the skills and problem-solving from the private sector. The procurement method called ‘the competitive dialogue’ has proven to be effective in PPPs. As there are many different forms of PPPs, it is possible that other legislation can create issues with PPPs as well, mainly EU State aid regulation, national, local government regulation, and national competition regulation. As a main result, it can be stated that regulation does not prevent or even hinder the usage of PPPs as long as legal requirements are taken account and markets are not unnecessarily disturbed. Keywords: public-private partnership; PPP; State aid; public procurement; local government regulation; competitive dialogue

The Cayman Islands New Public Procurement Legal Framework journal article

Manuscript or First Draft?

Laura Panadès-Estruch

European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, Volume 14 (2019), Issue 2, Page 79 - 86

The Cayman Islands is better known as an offshore jurisdiction and a tourist destination. In contrast, this article explores commercial government policy through the lens of public procurement. May 2018 established a legal framework and the institutional set-up was finalised in December. In response, this timely assessment of current legal developments formulates recommendations to strengthen the position of the public sector in procurement. It argues that the government is at risk of breaching its own legal obligations in the new regulatory framework, despite making some progress towards modern standards of enhanced value for money, accountability and transparency. Three urgent issues are identified: fine-tuning the publicity regime; curtailing the scope of direct awards; and reinforcing ethics in government. The critical perspective of the article will interest academics, policy-makers and practitioners alike.

Exclusion of Certain Legal Services from Directive 2014/24/EU journal article

Annotation on the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (Fifth Chamber) of 6 June 2019 in Case C-264/18 P. M. and Others v Ministerraad

Marco Ceruti

European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, Volume 14 (2019), Issue 3, Page 197 - 202

This paper explores the exclusion of certain legal services from Directive 2014/24/EU, in relation to the judgment of the CJEU in the P.M. e a. Case, stating that legal services provided by a lawyer are to be conceived only in the context of a relationship intuitu personae between the lawyers and their client, characterised by the utmost confidentiality and by the free choice of representative, at the same time leaving for national legislatures to determine whether those services should be subject to public procurement rules. Keywords: Public procurement; National legislation; Exclusion of certain legal services; Principles of equal treatment and subsidiarity.

Competition and Serbian Public Procurement Policy journal article

Slavica Joković

European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, Volume 14 (2019), Issue 3, Page 174 - 179

This article examines relevant provisions of the public procurement legislation in Serbia that concerns competition, such as principle of ensuring competition and competitive public procurement procedures. Efficient implementation of this legislative framework is essential for enhancing competition in the public procurement market. Furthermore, the article gives a review of some measures introduced in fighting against anticompetitive practice. Finally, it analyses the role of competent institutions in Serbia in the area of public procurement and competition. Keywords: Competition; Public Procurement legislation; Public Procurement principles; Public Procurement procedures; Anticompetitive practice; Acquis communautaire.

Rethinking The Role Of Civil Society In Public Procurement journal article

Carol Cravero

European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, Volume 14 (2019), Issue 1, Page 30 - 42

Global challenges increasingly require collaborative state-civil society efforts. The formulation and delivery of public policies are no longer the prerogative of the public administration alone. Instead, civil society might play an important role in public policies, including buying practices. Although examples of civil society’s involvement already exist in some public procurement frameworks, its potential is still underexploited or even neglected as to specific public procurement’s stages or purposes. Whilst some specific provisions have been enacted to ensure its effective participation in public procurement to enhance transparency, civil society involvement in buying processes might help fostering sustainability. This paper specifically analyses the questions on how and when (ie at what procurement stage) the involvement of civil society is/can be provided and for what purpose(s) in the light of the 2018 OECD-MAPS and the MDBs guidance documents with a particular focus integrity pacts. Keywords: Sustainable public procurement; Civil society; Integrity.

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