These rules, covering most deals above the €200,000 threshold, intend to ensure public bodies give tax payers value for money by scouring the market for suppliers.This is designed to protect fair competition by putting in place strict rules preventing authorities from buying all their goods and services from ‘friendly’ suppliers or ‘national champions’. Tenders should also be widely publicized and published in the European Communities’ Official Journal.The Commission states in its consultation paper that the system for contracts in some member states is far removed from the EU law.The lack of effective review procedures to put right these flaws, together with huge differences in systems from one state to another, “may discourage some economic operators from tendering for public contracts”, it adds. The Dutchman, in charge of the Union’s complex public procurement rulebook, is concerned about day-to-day application of two directives designed to ensure that these rules are adhered to – and that companies can trigger a review of contract decisions and get effective remedies if they have been treated unfairly. As a first step, Bolkestein has launched a consultation on the current shortcomings with national authorities, with a mid-June deadline for replies. “There are shortcomings with these directives,” said his spokesman Jonathan Todd, adding that the Commission has recently stepped-up legal action against the UK and Ireland over their regimes.Shortcomings are amplified by the failure of authorities to apply the EU’s overall public procurement laws.
American Country music artist Mitchell Tenpenny is making his debut trip to the UK in March to perform at C2C: Country to Country.The rising star will be on the Spotlight Stage and he’s one of the more recent breakout artists that UK fans have been desperate to see live. Born in Nashville, Mitchell is the grandson of Donna Hilly who was the CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing from 1994 to 2005, and he grew up listing to a variety of musical genres including Country, Rock and R&B.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Mitchell released his debut album Black Crow in 2015 via Creation Lab Records and in 2018 his self-titled EP was released in a joint venture with Riser House and Columbia Nashville. That EP featured the track Drunk Me, which went on to be Mitchell’s breakout single in the US peaking at number 6 on the US Hot Country Songs chart and at number 2 on the US Country Airplay chart.Mitchell’s first album for Riser House Records/Columbia Records, Telling All My Secrets, was released in December 2018 and it reached number 5 on the US Country Album chart. The album also featured the single Alcohol You Later.More recently Mitchell has released new tracks Can’t Go To Church and Anything She Says (feat. Seaforth) so it looks like he’s gearing up for a new record later in the year.As well as seeing him on the Spotlight Stage, fans can see Mitchell throughout C2C including at the Official Afterparty Show and on the pop-up stages.C2C: Country to Country takes place at The O2 in London from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March 2020. For more information and tickets visit https://c2c-countrytocountry.com.
Tipperary football fans are being told the next Senior panel will come back a “stronger better version” ahead of the 2019 season.The Premier bowed out of the 2018 Championship on Saturday with a defeat to Mayo at Semple Stadium.However Tipp manager Liam Kearns, who’s confirmed he will continue at the helm, says the player profile is young and they will regroup again.