Recommendations for the review of European procurement directives

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National Council for Voluntary Organisations (Great Britain)
Date of publication
1 December 2011
Social Policy, Legislation
Social welfare
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Policy briefing on the European procurement directives, which aim to safeguard against corruption and favouritism, open up the procurement market, and ensure free movement and value for money in the public acquisition of supplies and services within the European Union. This briefing analyses the major aspects of procurement policy, with attention to the context of its application in Great Britain and the Europe 2020 strategy, monitoring employment, research and innovation, climate change and energy, education and poverty. Overall the briefing agrees with the general consensus among European states and committee representatives that there is little need for a radical overhaul of the directives, however it considers a thorough review necessary to ensure current rules are appropriately translated into practical application in Member states, and the relevance for current and emerging market changes is maintained. The recommendations of the briefing include clarification and more practical guidance on implementation of the directives and a reduction in administrative and accounting obligations.

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