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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. Methods to the effect of narrowing cross-border procurement opportunities and favouring national suppliers are limiting this strong lever for European growth and investment.

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).

A highly fragmented market continues to burden businesses willing to compete in cross-border procurement. National favouritism, lack of awareness, ineffective administration or even corruption is allowing solutions businesses could deliver citizens to go unnoticed. The revised classical, utilities and new concession directive(s) have the potential to improve cross-border procurement. Yet the tools given to achieve this could deliver poor processes. Monitoring the functioning of national systems and the impact of reform is crucial.

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.

Publications

Position papers Date
The European Commission's public procurement package - BusinessEurope comments 04/04/2018
Public procurement in Europe - Functioning in practice 20/04/2015
Public procurement in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - a BusinessEurope position paper 11/12/2013
BusinessEurope's position on the proposal for a directive on the award of concession contracts 28/06/2012
How to improve public-private partnerships in Horizon 2020? 23/04/2012
BusinessEurope's views on the public procurement reform proposal 19/03/2012
Modernisation of public procurement policy - BusinessEurope response to the Green Paper 18/04/2011
Striking the right balance: Clarifying, improving and reflecting on market access rules for the EU public procurement market - A BusinessEurope position paper 06/10/2010
Access to international procurement markets - Business recommendations 26/02/2010
Issues in public procurement - BusinessEurope comments 27/01/2010
Press releases Date
EU Commission’s package will improve implementation of public procurement 04/10/2017
BusinessEurope disappointed with European Parliament stance on public procurement reform 18/12/2012
Public procurement: BusinessEurope calls for better enforcement and more legal certainty 20/12/2011
Public-private partnerships: a tool for better and cost-effective public services and infrastructure 19/11/2009
Speeches Date
Public Procurement Reform: impacts on the Single Market - Address by Arnhild D. Gjonnes, Chair of BusinessEurope's Public Procurement Working Group, 11 April 2013, European Parliament 16/04/2013
Business views on the modernisation of public procurement - Presentation by Arnhild Dordi Gjonnes at the Danish Presidency conference on public procurement 09/02/2012
Commission conference "Modernising public procurement" - Address by Petter Haas Brubakk in panel 1 30/06/2011
EU industry's views on the future of green public procurement - Presentation by Alexandre Affre at the Green Week 2011 "Resource efficiency - Using less, living better" 26/05/2011
Promoting partnerships between public and private - Presentation by Jean-Claude Banon at EPEC private sector forum 13/12/2010
Promoting innovation through public procurement best practice and networking - Note for the conference session on "Tools to support innovative procurement: building platforms" 23/03/2010
Issues in public procurement - Speech by Arnhild Dordi Gjonnes at the EP hearing on public procurement 27/01/2010
Public letters Date
Trilogue discussions on public procurement revision - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to members and substitutes of the European Parliament IMCO Committee 25/03/2013
Policy proposals by the Indian government the areas of intellectual property and procurement - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to H.E. Manmohan Singh, Honorable Prime Minister of the Republic of India 19/03/2013
Tarabella report on public procurement revision - Letter from Philippe de Buck to members and substiutes of the European Parliament IMCO Committee 22/11/2012
Deadline for submission of amendments by the EP IMCO Committee on the draft public procurement directive - Letter from Jérôme P. Chauvin to members of the European Parliament Internal Market Committee 04/07/2012
Competitiveness Council meeting on 30-31 May 2012 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Morten Ostergaard, Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and higher Education 24/05/2012
Competitiveness Council on 20 February 2012 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Nikolai Wammen, Danish Minister for European Affairs 16/02/2012
A new legal instrument to clarify the terms for access to the EU public procurement market - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Commissioner Michel Barnier 03/10/2011
Green Paper on e-procurement - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Commissioner Michel Barnier 26/01/2011
Follow-up to the 2009 communication on developing public-private partnerships - Letter from Philippe de Buck to José Manuel Barroso 29/07/2010
Response to the public consultation on concessions - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Commissioner Michel Barnier 08/07/2010
European business increasingly concerned about China's treatment of foreign companies in its domestic public procurement market - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner 17/12/2009
Reports and studies Date
Public-private partnerships - Adding value to Europe's public services 08/10/2008

Contact

Basje Bender

Junior Adviser
Tel:
+32 2 237 65 64
Last updated: 28 April 2016