Public procurement plays a key role in the implementation of those EU investments and is an essential element of the Single Market, representing no less than 14% of the EU's GDP. The European Commission supports national and regional authorities managing EU funds in strengthening their public procurement competencies, through numerous actions included in the Action Plan on Public Procurement: support to efficient and strategic procurement, administrative capacity building, as well as improving transparency and accountability.
Adopted for the first time in 2013, the Commission's Action Plan on Public Procurement sets out and brings together a series of concrete actions to help Member States to improve the performance of both administrations and beneficiaries in applying public procurement for Cohesion policy investments.
In 2020, the 4th revision of the Action Plan on Public Procurement included a series of new initiatives with a view to improving public procurement practices, properly using the public procurement framework in an emergency situation, ensuring a level playing field and using a procurement as a strategic tool to pursue key policy objectives. Key actions of the plan include:
The is one of the original Partnerships established in 2017 following the Pact of Amsterdam. The put forward a package of actions that can help cities to address the challenges they experience related to innovative and responsible public procurement: Building a procurement strategy; Circular procurement; Knowledge exchange; Innovation broker; Future funds; Legal toolbox; Measuring the impact of spend. An complements the plan. The partnership continues with a new include three new actions: a reflection board, support action to achieve the EU Green Deal, Digitalisation and Innovation (GDDI) goals by using public procurement as a strategic tool, support action enabling economic recovery through public procurement.