This Working Paper provides a critical analysis of the EU Commission’s proposals to modernise and simplify its rules on public procurement. The author of the paper, Eric Van den Abeele, looks at the political background and reasons behind the EU’s revision of its public procurement directives. The reform aims at making the rules simpler and more flexible, providing better access to the public procurement market by SME’s and fostering a better qualitative use of public procurement through the introduction of social and environmental criteria.

On all these accounts, the Commission’s proposal is mediocre and disappointing, argues the author of this working paper providing extensive arguments for his critique. His analysis shows that the proposed reforms do neither enhance the EU’s competitiveness nor promote sustainable development.

Table of contents

Full text

Texte intégral

Related content

Strengthening the EU’s social dimension: using the EMU to make the most out of the Social Pillar

This policy brief examines how the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) can be used to strengthen the social dimension of the EU. For the EPSR to matter, the relevant actors should strongly commit themselves to its principles, ideally through a legally binding mechanism. Starting from the premise that achieving consensus for committing to some... Find out more

Integrating social and environmental dimensions in public procurement: one small step for the internal market, one giant leap for the EU?

This working paper provides a legal analysis of the inclusion of social and environmental clauses in the modernisation of the EU's public procurement directives. It focuses in particular on Directive 2014/24/EU and evaluates the measures and provisions dealing with the obligation to comply with social, environmental and labour laws. It concludes... Find out more