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BUSINESSEUROPE releases views on Commission’s public procurement reform proposal

22 March 2012

BUSINESSEUROPE has released its position paper on the European Commission’s public procurement reform proposal, which states that the main goal of the public procurement rules must be to “achieve efficiency in public spending and ensure the best economic value for taxpayers’ money at the same time as opening up the internal market”.

In December 2011 the Commission published its proposal on the revision of the legislative framework for public procurement. This legislative proposal constitutes one of the 12 levers highlighted in the European Commission’s Single Market Act. BUSINESSEUROPE considers that the main goal of public procurement rules must be to achieve efficiency in public spending and ensure the best economic value for tax payers’ money at the same time as opening up the internal market.

Whilst supporting certain amendments in specific areas the organisation has consistently voiced its opposition to a major overhaul of the current legislative framework and urged the Commission to make sure that any revision safeguards transparency, market openness and competitive tendering. BUSINESSEUROPE represents 20 million companies and seeks to ensure companies' interests are represented and defended vis-à-vis the European institutions with the principal aim of preserving and strengthening corporate competitiveness.

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