Modernising public procurement and deepening the Single Market for services: two key initiatives to stimulate growth
The European Commission has launched today a consultation on the modernisation of the rules on public procurement. It has also adopted an ambitious action plan to further unlock the potential of the Single Market for services.
- Press conference (video streaming)
Consultation on public procurement
In times of tight budgets, public procurement policy must ensure the most efficient use of public funds. At the same time, public purchasing should encourage more innovation and green growth. The Green Paper published today by the Commission opens a large debate with interested parties on how the existing tools and methods can be optimised in order to deliver on these goals. The deadline for responses is 18 April 2011.
- Buying social – A Guide to Taking Account of Social Considerations in Public Procurement
- Guide on application of EU rules to Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)
- Europe's Digital Agenda
Communication on services markets
One year after the implementation deadline of the Services Directive, the Commission and the Member States have completed an assessment of the actual way the Directive was implemented on the ground. The communication issued today by the Commission presents the results of this so-called "mutual evaluation" exercise and explains what further improvements could make the Single Market for services function better.