Consultation on ways to make EU public procurement rules work more efficiently for governments, companies and taxpayers.
Public procurement – government spending on contracts to buy goods, services and infrastructure – accounts for 17% of the EU's GDP. Better rules would help governments use this money more efficiently, leading to more innovation, jobs and environmentally friendly growth.
The EU’s single market rules have already helped public authorities to save taxpayers’ money by enabling companies to compete for contracts across the bloc’s internal borders.
But there is room for further improvement. Extra savings would be especially welcome now, when public funds are under pressure from a weakened economy and calls to cut spending.
The EU is holding a public consultation on how to achieve a more competitive public procurement market – and save more public money.
A background document to the consultation outlines ways in which the existing system can be streamlined to deliver these goals. Any changes must also ensure transparency, equal access and fair competition in the awarding of public contracts. The document identifies key areas for possible revision of the current rules, including:
Comments from the consultation will feed into possible legislative proposals to be made next year. You must submit your opinion by 18 April 2011.