Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125655
Authors: 
Handler, Heinz
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
WWWforEurope Policy Paper 28
Abstract: 
The paper provides an overview of the development of public procurement (PP) rules in the EU and in selected international organisations. The EU rules were originally designed to foster competition and efficiency, and the dominant award criterion was the price. Over time, and in particular in the context of the "EU 2020" strategy, PP rules have been extended to address not only economic objectives, but also social and environmental goals as well as innovation aspects. As a result, such "strategic" elements of PP have in 2014 been legalised by the new EU Procurement Directives. However, as long as strategic PP remains an isolated policy, it will have only limited ramifications on Community-wide sustainability. Strategic PP should rather complement sustainability policies in their respective areas and should thus become an integral part of overall EU policies.
Subjects: 
Public procurement
EU internal market
Europe 2020 strategy
sustainability
innovation
JEL: 
H57
O38
Document Type: 
Research Report
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