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Government Procurement Agreement / WTO

The main international agreement related to public procurement is the Agreement on Public Procurement, the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)Opens a new window in the WTO.

On 30 March 2012 the GPA Parties reached an agreement and adopted a Protocol amending the 1994 GPA. The revised WTO GPA entered into force on 6 April 2014.

The revised GPA opens up the public procurement markets of each of the Parties. It applies to contracts worth more than specified threshold values.

In total, 15 parties are currently part of the agreement (the EU with respect to its 28 Member States along with Armenia, Canada, Hong Kong (China), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands with respect to Aruba, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei and the United States). Ten other WTO Members, including China, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand and Ukraine, are negotiating accession to the GPA.

The EU is represented in negotiations by the Commission (DG Internal Market and Services).

04.04.2014 – Commission welcomes the revised World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA)

The European Commission welcomes the entry into force on 6 April 2014 of the revised GPA concluded in December 2011.

02.12.2013 – Council Decision on the conclusion of the Protocol Amending the Agreement on Government Procurement
19.11.2013 – The European Parliament consents to the conclusion of the revised World Trade Organisation’s Government Procurement Agreement

The European Parliament has today given its consent to the conclusion of the revised World Trade Organisation’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). According to WTO estimates, the revision of the GPA will bring extra procurement opportunities worth around 80 billion euro.

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

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.

28.10.2009 – Access to utilities procurement markets in non-EU countries