Welcome to the Voluntary ex-ante assessment mechanism

Public procurement is an important stage in the life of large infrastructure projects. How procurement procedures are conducted can impact a project in many ways.

The Commission has adopted the Communication 'Helping investment through a voluntary ex-ante assessment of the procurement aspects for large infrastructure projects' to set up a mechanism to help the contracting authorities to make the most of the procurement framework.

The mechanism offers national authorities and contracting authorities/entities the possibility to raise questions with the Commission services and receive an assessment of the compatibility of a project with the EU procurement rules.

The mechanism has three components:

i. a helpdesk ,

ii. a notification mechanism and

iii. an information exchange mechanism