#11 The role of courts & mandatory sustainability requirements – Recognition & rewards in academia
In this episode, Marta & Willem discuss the role of courts in relation to mandatory sustainability requirements in public procurement. What will change in the assessment of courts when faced with claims of bidders that argue that a tender is not sustainable enough? For dessert, they discuss rewards & recognition in academia. (More? Click here)

#10 Contract performance conditions & rituals for productivity
In episode #10, we discuss article 70 Directive 2014/24/EU. Particularly we focus our discussions on the relationship between contract performance conditions and award criteria and technical specifications. This leads us to reflect on the enforceability and value of contract performance conditions. For dessert, we discuss what some of our rituals that positively influence our productivity are (More? Click here)

#9 Transfer of Competences & books we wished we wrote
In today’s episode, we discuss transfer of competences and responsibilities in light of article 1(6) Directive 2014/24/EU and the relevant case-law including Remondis and Porin Kaupunki. The key question here is how it differs from the award of a public contract, and how this plays out for the national organization of public tasks. For desert, we discuss two books we wish we wrote. (More? Click here)

#8 Art 18(2) and the Tim case: a sustainability principle? & procrastination strategies
In episode #8, we discuss article 18(2) Directive 2014/24/EU. Its nature, character, and scope as well as shortcomings. We focus our discussions on analyzing whether the sustainability referred to in Article 18(2) can pass the test to be truly understood as a procurement principle. This leads us to reflect on the CJEU ruling in Case C-395/18 Tim SpA where the court refers to 18(2) cardinal value with which the Member States must ensure compliance. For dessert, we discuss strategies to fight procrastination and get writing! (More? Click here)

#7 Current legal discussions about institutionalized cooperation & online conferences
In today’s episode, we discuss institutionalized cooperation under article 12(1-3) Directive 2014/24/EU. We focus our discussions on the outstanding and most pressing discussions that currently create legal uncertainty in the Member States. This leads us to talking about private capital, control and other aspects of cooperation between contracting authorities. For dessert, we consider online conferences and what we think are essentials to organize them in the future.(More? Click here)

#6 3rd country bidders’ access to the EU market & Academic research stays

In today’s episode, we discuss a highly politically charged topic of 3rd country access to the EU market. For this purpose, we consider the current EU legal framework as well as proposed since 2012 International Procurement instrument. Also, we comment on the new European Commission’s white paper on foreign subsidies and especially its module 3 with propositions for public procurement. For dessert, we consider the value of research stays abroad, and we discuss what some of the important factors to consider are. (More? Click here)

#5 Non-institutionalised cooperation after Stadt Köln & Cooperation in academia

In today’s episode, we discuss the tricky concept of non-institutionalised cooperation and its relationship with EU public procurement law. For this purpose, we consider the recent ruling of the CJEU in the case of Stadt Köln. In this case, the CJEU made significant headway in clarifying some aspects of article 12(4) Directive 2014/24/EU for the first time. For dessert, we stick to the theme of cooperation and discuss it in light of its role in academia. (More? Click here)

#4 Framework Agreements following Coopservice & Doing a PhD in Public Procurement

In this episode of Bestek, we discuss framework agreements. Some would say a “ hot topic” of late, particularly following a CJEU judgment in case C-216/17. We consider what changes to the interpretation of the law this judgment brought. For the happy fun dessert time, we are ‘dishing’ about PhD in public procurement. What would be some advice that we would give to younger selves or our younger colleagues? (More? Click here)

#3 The EU Green Deal in light of public procurement law & Academic life after COVID-19

In this episode of Bestek, we discuss a topic that is very close to both of our own research projects: sustainable public procurement . We look at this subject through the lens of the newly introduced European Green Deal and what changes it introduces. For desert, we are ‘dishing’ about academic life after COVID 19. Will we still travel to conferences? If not, why we might miss it? (More? Click here)

#2 Regular procurement in COVID-19 times & Academic mentors

In episode #2, we continue the discussion about COVID-19 related issues. We consider how the issue of ‘urgency’ is interpreted, and at which point it cannot be relied upon aymore. Also, how are ‘regular’ procurements (meaning not healthcare related)  affected by the circumstances of COVID-19? We discuss how regular procurements that are still to be launched, procurements that are currently in the mids of the process, or procurement contracts that have already been awarded, are affected and what kind of assistance can be found in the legal interpretation of the public procurement rules. For the happy fun dessert time, we chat about the role of mentorship and our ambition to be mentors for our students. (More? Click here)

#1 COVID-19 responses to public procurement in the EU & Academic life in these times

In episode #1, we critically discuss the Commission guidance on COVID-19 and public procurement, and what we think are some of the challenges that contracting authorities face these days. Also, we discuss the approaches taken by some of the Member States to address the COVID 19. For the happy fun dessert time, we chat about academic life and especially teaching online in these times. (More? Click here)

#Trailer: No, we did not open a restaurant

In this Trailer, we explain why we did not open a restaurant, but in fact started a podcast on public procurement law, our love of food and our milestones and struggles in academic life (More? Click here)

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