So the Commission is proposing that European public bodies, for contracts above €5 million not covered by international agreements, should be able to exclude tenders including a significant proportion of foreign goods and services.
In the event of repeated and serious discrimination against European suppliers in non-EU countries, the Commission will have at its disposal a mechanism allowing it to restrict access to the EU market, if the country outside the EU refuses to negotiate to put things right.
The proposals also aim to tackle unfair competition by providing for additional scrutiny of abnormally cheap overseas offers for procurement contracts in the EU.
Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services said: "The EU should no longer be naïve and should aim for fairness and reciprocity in world trade. We are open for business and we are ready to open up more, but only if companies can compete on an equal footing with their competitors. The Commission will remain vigilant in the defence of European interests and European companies and jobs."
Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade, said: "This proposal will increase the EU's leverage in international negotiations to open up procurement markets for European companies. I am confident that they will then get a fair opportunity at winning government contracts overseas and so generate jobs."
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