As Antony Barton writes in SM (24 May), for better or worse, the European Union shapes all our working lives.
Officials and MEPs based in Brussels and Strasbourg would like buyers – among others – to realise that and get involved in the decision-making process.
Afterall, directives they propose, such as the 2006 public sector procurement regulations, dictate purchasing procedures and behaviour.
But participation is easier said than done. Understanding the various routes the European legislative process takes is a job in itself. And getting to grips with the numerous organisations – the Council of Ministers, the Council of Europe, the European Council – to name but a few similarly titled yet distinctly different groups - is mind-boggling.
Do you bother trying to keep up with proposals in Europe and if so, how?