Extracts from the joint press conference by Michel Barnier and Karel De Gucht on the joint initiative on international public procurement
At a press conference on 21 March 2012 in Brussels, Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, and Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, presented a proposal by the European Commission to improve business opportunities for EU firms in procurement markets.
The main objective of the initiative is to help open worldwide public procurement markets and to ensure European businesses have fair access to them. The proposal also aims to ensure that all companies (both European and non-European firms) are on an equal footing when it comes to competing for business in the EU's lucrative public procurement market. SHOTLIST