The network has already met six times, in Brussels, Malta, Sofia, Zagreb and Bucharest. EU countries have used these meetings to engage in productive discussions on public procurement. They have also worked together in the organisation of meetings and the promotion of the network.
Discussions at network meetings cover various work areas, including exchanges of information about national systems and good practice, identification of needs and challenges, development of common solutions, and improvement of governance through the better use of data and digitalisation. The network also gathers data and develops indicators regarding the functioning of national remedy systems.
The EU Remedies Directives ensure that companies everywhere in the EU have access to clear and effective review, either by specialised first instance review bodies or through existing judicial review bodies. Efficient remedies systems can also rapidly identify weaknesses in public procurement. Since their adoption, the EU Remedies Directives have contributed to improving fairness, transparency, openness and efficiency in the procurement process in EU countries.
To guarantee the effective enforcement of EU public procurement rules however, remedy bodies must be independent. Specifically, the impartiality of their decision-making process must be ensured and they have to be protected against external interference.
Guaranteeing that national remedies systems are effective is the responsibility of national governments, but the European Commission is committed to helping in this process.
As part of the Single Market Strategy, the Commission encourages first instance review bodies to cooperate to improve the exchange of information and good practice. The evaluation report on the effectiveness of the Remedies Directives and the detailed staff working document accompanying it also paved the way for a new, more comprehensive and proactive Commission strategy in this area. The evaluation identified certain shortcomings in some aspects of how the Remedies Directives function. The Network of first instance review bodies was created to address them.