January 23, 2013
In or out of the European Union? That is the question David Cameron has promised to give the people of the UK the chance to answer.
In a speech at Bloomberg HQ this morning, the Prime Minister said his party would put negotiating a better deal for Britain’s role in the EU, front and centre of its manifesto for 2015.
If successful in winning a majority, it would then launch a referendum, simply asking should Britain be in or out of the EU. By extension, the referendum would also be asking whether or not EU procurement rules would continue to impact on UK buyers. (more…)
May 24, 2012
It’s probably far from the minds of tired European leaders following last night’s summit, but an announcement from the Chinese Ministry of Finance should give them pause for thought.
As reported by the state newspaper Xinhua, government departments have been told to continue to “buy China” (as well as ban the purchase of “luxury office supplies”, so Politburo officials can forget about ordering those gold-plated staplers). (more…)
March 28, 2012
It’s all change in public procurement. The wide range reforms proposed by the European Commission, expected to result in a new directive by 2014, make fundamental changes to the way in which public purchasers will go about their daily lives. (more…)