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Public procurement Brussels, 8 July 2011

Public hearing on third country access to EU public procurement markets

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On the 7th of June the European Commission launched a public consultation on the EU initiative on international public procurement. As part of this public consultation, on the 8th of July the Commission is organizing a public hearing on third country access to the EU’s public procurement markets. The public consultation is part of an impact assessment carried out by the European Commission, to analyze how to set proportionate, coherent and effective terms of access to the EU public procurement market for foreign goods, services and companies. The public hearing is open to all interested stakeholders. It takes place on Friday 8 July in the Sicco Mansholt Room at the Charlemagne Building, 170 rue de la Loi, Brussels.

Tentative agenda
  • 9:00 – 9h30  Registration of participants
  • 9:30  Introduction
  • 9:40  Presentation of the context, objectives and policy options of the initiative and of the online questionnaire for stakeholders
  • 10:15  Questions and answers
  • 10:45  Coffee break
  • 11:15  Exchange of views on the initiative
  • 12:45  Closing remarks

The deadline for registration is 5th July 2011. Please send your registration request to: markt-trade-procurement-initiative@ec.europa.eu.

Seating capacity is limited; the places for participants will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you wish to make an intervention, please indicate this when you register.

Simultaneous translation will be available in English, French and German.

Background

Through international commitments (WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) and bilateral/regional FTAs), the EU has constantly pushed for 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 other countries are reluctant to open their public procurement markets to international competition further, 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 European Commission is currently carrying out an impact assessment analysing how to set proportionate, coherent and effective terms of access to the EU public procurement market for foreign goods, services and companies.

As part of this impact assessment, the Commission launched on the 7th of June a public consultation seeking the views of interested 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.

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

The outcome of the public consultation and hearing on third country access to the EU's public procurement markets, will be made public on Trade website.