Part of:


  • Public procurement strategy

    Improving EU public procurement practices in a collaborative manner by working with public authorities and other stakeholders.

  • E-procurement

    With digital tools, public spending should become more transparent, evidence-oriented, optimised, streamlined and integrated with market conditions.

  • International public procurement

    The EU advocates open international public procurement markets and has committed itself to granting market access to its public procurement markets.

  • Public procurement rules and implementation

    New rules make it easier for smaller businesses to bid for public contracts and ensure the best value for money for public purchases.



Support tools for public buyers

e-Competence Centre: tools and information to help public buyers get value for money and better policy outcomes for citizens.


Public procurement reform

By 18 April 2016, EU countries had to transpose 3 new directives into national law - on public procurement, on the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors and on concession contracts.

European single procurement document (ESPD) and e-Certis

ESPD and e-Certis are part of the transition to e-procurement, reducing administrative burden and simplifying access to cross-border tendering.


  • ensure wider uptake of innovative, green, and social procurement
  • professionalise public buyers
  • increase access to procurement markets
  • improve transparency, integrity and data
  • boost the digital transformation of procurement
  • promote that authorities are buying together


Every year, over 250,000 public authorities in the EU spend around 14% of GDP on the purchase of services, works and supplies.

Public procurement refers to the process by which public authorities, such as government departments or local authorities, purchase work, goods or services from companies. 

To create a level playing field for all businesses across Europe, EU law sets out minimum harmonised public procurement rules. 

More information on European public procurement 


Consultation status: closed

Targeted consultation on the scope and structure of a Commission guide on socially responsible public procurement

Consultation period
7 December 2017 - 1 March 2018
Consultation status: closed

Targeted consultation on draft guidance on public procurement of innovation

Single market
Consultation period
3 October 2017 - 2 January 2018