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Public Procurement Package

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Opinion Number: CDR 5425/2017
Rapporteur: 
Group: EPP (European People's Party)
Commission: ECON
Status: Adopted
Date: 05/07/2018
 
To underline that the focus of the Commission at this stage has to be on the implementation of the 2014 Directives since even if there is a European legal framework, Member States have a degree of flexibility and discretion in the way they transpose this legislation in their national systems and this might, for instance, restrict SMEs access to public contracts or impede cross-border procurement.

To highlight that the CoR analytical work relating to the European Semester shows that public procurement is a recurrent territory-related obstacle to investment . The CoR study on Obstacles to investments at local and regional level indicates that public procurement rules represented a significant challenge to investment for cities and regions, in particular due to complexity or inefficiency in the public procurement framework and to the excessive length and uncertainty regarding legal procedures.

Ask the Commission to carry out, within three years of transposition in any Member State, an in-depth assessment of how EU public procurement rules have been transposed into national law and how they are implemented; takes the view that this assessment should focus on how they are implemented at local and regional level, given the share of sub-national authorities in public procurement, and on the assessment of the extent to which the new rules have facilitated SMEs' access to procurement procedures, reduced bureaucratic hurdles and increased the use of strategic procurement; the CoR is ready to co-operate with the European Parliament in this exercise.

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EP plenary vote on Public procurement strategy package

 
10 Sep
 

ECON commission meeting

Adoption of opinion

 
24 Apr
 

Intervention in the EP IMCO committee

The rapporteur intervened in the EP IMCO committee debate on the public procurement package.

 
22 Mar
 

Meeting with the Commission, CEMR and EPSU

The rapporteur met with representatives from teh Commission (Ms Marzena Rogalska), CEMR (Ms Tanja Struve) and EPSU (Ms Penny Clark) to discuss public procurement.

 
18 Jan
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