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A transparent, open and competitive system of public procurement in the single market can not only ensure efficient government spending, but also provide high quality goods, works and services for citizens. Practices that narrow cross-border procurement opportunities and favour national suppliers are limiting this strong lever for European growth and investment. The revised classical, utilities and new concession directive(s) on public procurement have the potential of improving cross-border procurement. Monitoring the functioning of national systems and the impact of reform is crucial.

High-quality and efficient public services are fundamental for European society and European competitiveness. With increased public budgetary pressure and major societal challenges, stronger cooperation between the public and private sector can improve provision of such services of general economic interest (SGEIs), primarily through setting up public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Opportunities and possibilities that PPPs can offer still need to be better promoted, notably by creating more public awareness and offering more guidance and training to public authorities responsible for public tendering.


Jan Rempala

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Last updated: 15 January 2019