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Consultation on an initiative on access of third countries to the EU's public procurement market

  • Policy field: Trade - Internal Market
  • Target group: All stakeholders in public procurement. Contributions are particularly sought from business that sell to public authorities and utilities, trade associations representing businesses, contracting authorities (including utilities) or associations representing contracting authorities, Government institution/regulatory authority, trade unions and NGOs.
  • Closing Date: Completed - 02/08/2011

Objective of the consultation


Through international commitments (WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) and bilateral/regional FTAs), the EU advocates an ambitious opening of international public procurement markets and has committed itself to granting market access to its public procurement market for certain foreign goods, services and companies.

In contrast to the EU’s policy favouring greater openness, many third countries are reluctant to (further) open their procurement markets to international competition, which limits business opportunities for EU companies in these markets. Similarly, some trading partners have maintained or introduced protectionist measures hitting EU companies.

In this context, the Commission is currently carrying out an impact assessment analysing how to set proportionate, coherent and effective terms of access to the EU public procurement markets for foreign goods, services and companies.

The replies to this consultation will feed the impact assessment with data, information and views of stakeholders on the current situation on the public procurement market of the EU and of third countries and on the (possible) effects of EU legislation in this field.

You can participate to the public consultation by clicking on one of the links below.

Any questions you might still have, can be sent to the following e-mail address: markt-trade-procurement-initiative@ec.europa.eu.

UPDATE: On 8 July a public hearing was organised by the Commission where a wide range of stakeholders interested in this initiative participated. Their input will also be considered in the preparation of the impact assessment of this initiative. You can download the presentation made by the European Commission at the hearing here.

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