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EU-Japan Industrial Dialogue on Railways: launch meeting in Brussels – 27.03.2014

On 27 March 2014, the European Commission together with the Japanese Ministry for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism organized the first meeting of the EU-Japan Industrial Dialogue on Railways. The Dialogue organized by the Commission’s internal market and services department in association with the trade and transport departments was set up in the framework of the ongoing EU-Japan FTA negotiations.

It brought together representatives of the public and private sector of the respective parties. The objective of the Dialogue was to promote mutually beneficial cooperation and information exchange between the participants. This should facilitate bilateral trade in the railway sector, including procurement and purchases by private operators, both from a business and governmental perspective. The meeting was attended by a large number of EU and Japanese manufacturers and operators in the railways sector.

Commission proposes to conclude the revised World Trade Organisation’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) – 22.03.2013

The European Commission has today proposed to the Council the formal conclusion of the Protocol amending the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), the only legally binding agreement in the WTO on the subject of government procurement.

As indicated in the Single Market Act and the Communication on the future of trade policy, the Commission adopted in March 2012 its proposal for a regulation establishing rules on the access of third-country goods and services to the European Union’s internal market in public procurement. This proposal is part of a broader package on the modernisation of the European rules on public procurement adopted in December 2011.

  • Press release Choose translations of the previous link 
  • Proposal for a regulation establishing rules on the access of third-country goods and services to the European Union’s internal market in public procurement and procedures supporting negotiations on access of European Union goods and services to the public procurement markets of third countries

Consultation on the access of third countries to the EU's public procurement market (until 2.8.2011)

Public procurement represents a substantial part of the EU's and other trading partners' economies. In contrast to the EU’s policy favouring greater openness, many third countries are reluctant to (further) open their public procurement markets to international competition.

As part of an impact assessment, the services of the Commission launched on the 7th of June 2011 an on-line public consultation seeking the views of interested stakeholders on the current situation on the public procurement market of the EU and of third countries and on the (possible) effects of EU legislation in this field.

In addition, the services of the Commission organise a public hearing on Friday the 8th of July 2011. This hearing is open to all interested stakeholders.