In 2003, the European Commission in its Communication on Integrated Product Policy (IPP) encouraged Member States to draw up publicly available National Action Plans (NAPs) for greening their public procurement.
The NAPs should contain an assessment of the existing situation and ambitious targets for the next three years, specifying what measures will be taken to achieve them. The NAPs are not legally-binding but provide political impetus to the process of implementing and raising awareness of greener public procurement. They allow Member States to choose the options that best suit their political framework and the level they have reached.National Action Plans (NAPs) – the status in EU Member States
The document National GPP Action Plans (policies and guidelines) contains a comprehensive overview of the state of affairs in the 28 EU Member States (last updated in May 2014).
The following table summarises the status of the NAPs as of May 2014.
|National Action Plan or equivalent document adopted||22: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK|
No existing NAP
6: Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg, Romania